CONTROLLING MOSQUITOS BY PLANTING HERBS & FLOWERS
Recently I came across a Facebook post by someone who had obviously become so frustrated with their battle with mosquitos, they turned to the advice of their online community to ask for solutions to this problem. Immediately the responses started pouring in, comments about sprays and lotions, some with harsh chemicals, some more earth and people friendly. All very well meaning, and I’m sure many of the solutions have their merits.
Although the intentions are good, most of these solutions are not only harmful to us as humans but to the environment, and most importantly temporary. You will always be fighting an endless battle.
Thankfully, not all hope is lost! It’s all about how you approach the problem. Much like going to the doctor, you can treat the symptoms or address the underlying cause. The reason there are so many mosquitos is because
1. There is probably something nearby attracting them such as standing water, sheltering plant life, and the humans and animals they love to bite, and
2. There aren’t enough predators to control them
TURN TOWARDS THE SUNNY SIDE
One very simple solution to the problem, is to surround your home with types of plant species which are unattractive to or even repel mosquitos. I know right away the first thing people think of is Citronella. Good idea! But there are several other plants and flowers you may not realize are also good for warding off these blood sucking disease spreading annoyances. Not only that, but they have other useful attributes as well.
Lemon Balm - A member of the mint family, Lemon Balm has been used for centuries for reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, increasing appetite and as with most herbs it is good for relieving indigestion. Lemon Balm is also an excellent aid in healing cold sores.
Marigolds - Not only do Marigolds naturally repel mosquitos, they attract hummingbirds. When planted next to rose bushes, hummingbirds are great for controlling aphids. Marigolds are good for treating dermatitis, healing bruises, and best of all most of the flowers are edible. Try throwing them on a dinner plate presentation and you’re sure to impress your guests! Other herbs and plants that are known to repel mosquitos are: Lavender, Basil, Catnip and Citrus.
Click Below for our All-Natural Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe using ingredients you can grow your own!