Praise the Lord that summer is finally here! Gone are the days shivering in layers and layers of clothes; gone are the short dark days and the miserable cold weather.
It’s time to bring those shorts, skirts and swimming costumes out of storage and enjoy the amazing summer weather.
Although summer is arguably the best time of year, it does have its downfalls. Why might you ask? Well, summertime is when the mosquito season starts to peak and their interactions with humans become more frequent. So along with topping up your tan in your garden, unfortunately, you can also expect to find yourself as a free all-you-can-eat buffet for mosquitoes and become covered with their aggravatingly itchy bites.
Have no fear! I have decided to create this blog post to help you prevent mosquitoes from ruining your summer by using some home remedies involving plants.
Yes, you read that right: certain plants have the ability to repel mosquitoes. However, before I begin I must write a short disclaimer; although some species of plants can repel mosquitoes, to some extent, they are not a foolproof solution for preventing these biting insects.
How do plants repel mosquitoes?
It’s simple really, well you know those lovely fragrances we love from plants, mosquitoes aren’t really that fond of them.
Although they might not seem strong to you and me, the aromatic oils found in the leaves of plants actually help to both repel mosquitoes and mask the scent that humans produce and that makes us so attractive to them.
What plants repel mosquitoes?
So you want to help keep your summer mosquito free?
Use the plants described below in your home and garden to help ward off these biting insects. As mentioned earlier, although they can help reduce mosquitoes and mosquito bites, don’t expect them to be 100% effective.
If you’ve ever googled “how to get rid of mosquitoes” you’ve probably come across numerous articles around using citronella plants to repel mosquitoes and products containing it. Some research has shown that the scent from citronella plants can repel mosquitoes. However, this only works to a certain extent.
If you’ve read our DIY mosquito control blog you will know that for this to be a 100% effective solution you’d need to immerse yourself in a jungle of citronella plants. Although it is believed citronella oil can help get rid of mosquitoes, the EU has banned its use as an insecticide.
So to summarise, yes the aroma of citronella plants can repel mosquitoes, but understand that it is not a foolproof solution.
Catnip is related to the mint plant. It is used as a natural mosquito repellent due to it containing the chemical nepetalactone.
However, this chemical is also the reason why cats love this plant so much. So just be careful; although this plant might help to repel mosquitoes you might also end up hosting a party for a bunch of cats and have a little more cleaning up to do in your garden.
Basil goes great with spaghetti bolognese and makes great pesto, but did you know it can also help repel mosquitoes?
Certain chemicals found in basil plants are known to do a fine job in keeping mosquitoes at bay. Although it may seem like a heavenly smell to us, is something quite unpleasant to these biting insects.
To add to this, some research suggests that basil contains four mosquito repelling substances, helping it to repel mosquitoes more effectively. However, it’s worth mentioning again that, as with all plant extracts, basil is not a 100% guaranteed fix for a mosquito problem.
Who doesn’t love the smell of lavender? Well, it turns out mosquitoes don’t as these plants are believed to repel mosquitoes too.
It’s hard to believe that a scent that is used in a range of products from hand lotion to washing powder is detested by mosquitoes, it is also believed to even hinder their ability to smell! All the more reason to use it right?
No, I’m not talking about the yellow washing up gloves, I mean the plant!
Marigolds, the easy-to-grow flowers, are believed to be effective in repelling mosquitoes. It is argued that the delectable scent, and it’s essential oils, help to not only keep your home and garden safe from mosquitoes but aphids too!
How to get rid of mosquitoes
As previously stated in this blog, although plants do have the ability to repel mosquitoes to varying degrees, they are not a full-blown solution.
You’d have to pretty much turn your home and garden into a jungle of mosquito repelling plants in order to fully protect yourself from mosquito bites.
The best way to keep your home, and your business, safe from mosquitoes is by enlisting the help of a pest control professional.
Rentokil offers a range of solutions tailored to your needs to effectively control mosquitoes.
If you are worried about mosquitoes in your property, get in contact with Rentokil today.