Most people like spending their summers outdoors as much as they can. Who can blame them? There is so much to do, from BBQs to swimming. It’s so much fun in the sun! But those pesky mosquitoes and flies sure can ruin your fun! But fear not! Grow these flowers in your garden for a mosquito-free good time!
Marigolds, especially the more fragrant varieties, can repel Japanese beetles, white flies, and mosquitoes. These brightly coloured flowers contain a distinctive odor that insects find offensive. Potted marigolds can be placed on your porch, deck, windowsill and other entrances where mosquitoes might enter. Moreover, marigolds can also deter insects that prey on tomato plants such as aphids, cutworms and flea beetles. So it’s a good idea to plant marigolds near your tomato plants.
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These perennials are commonly found in most home gardens, as they are low maintenance and easy to grow. They are hardy and need very little water. There are over 200 varieties of geraniums to choose from, but here is a special variety called citronella geranium or mosquito plant that can repel mosquitoes. This plant contains citronella oil, which is an effective natural insect repellent. To repel mosquitoes, rub the leaves together or crush them to release the oil.
Horsemint (Bee Balm)
Also known as bee balm, this perennial repels mosquitoes by emitting a strong incense-like odor. Best of all, horsemint is easy to grow, low maintenance, fast growing and drought resistant! It does well in dry, sandy conditions. Along with planting these around your home, you could also crush a bloom and rub it on your clothes or exposed skin. It is an effective alternative to DEET and other commercially produced insect repellents.
You can read more about horsemint (Monarda didyma) here.
Also known as floss flowers, these fuzzy blue flowers contain coumarin, a special compound that emits an offensive odor that mosquitoes detest. Although coumarin is commonly found in commercial insect repellents, do not apply or rub the flowers directly onto your skin. The natural state can irritate your skin. Instead, plant these flowers in your garden to help deter those mosquitoes.
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Any of these flowers will add colour and flair to your garden! And as a special bonus, they will keep those pesky mosquitoes away for you to enjoy your summer!