Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

Posted on Feb 28 2016 - 7:51pm by UOG

Mosquitoes can quickly ruin the enjoyment of your outdoor garden experience. Ordinary repellents are full of nasty chemicals that you probably don’t want to put onto your family, and bug zappers are annoying. It also can be debated, how effective candles or incense really is.

The threat of contracting a disease from a mosquito is very real. Not only are humans being infected with dangerous illnesses, so are animals including household pets. Over one million people are said to die each year from contracting diseases from mosquitoes. In the US, the most common disease is West Nile, but they also carry diseases like malaria, dengue fever, dog heartworm, chikungunya and the recent Zika Virus, which is responsible for outbreaks in tropical areas throughout the world and was found in 2015 for the first time in the Western Hemisphere. More can be learned about the Zika Virus, here.

To help keep mosquitoes from using your yard as a breeding ground, make sure you eliminate all standing water, trim back un-needed vegetation, and consider planting these mosquito repelling plants.

Plants that Naturally Repel Mosquitoes:

1. Basil

2. Catmint

3. Garlic

4. Lavender

5. Lemon Balm

6. Lemon Grass

7. Lime Basil

8. Marigolds

9. Pennyroyal

10. Rosemary

11. Tansy

12. Wormwood

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