These days, more and more people are looking for a nice environmentally friendly approach to dealing with unwanted insects and mosquitoes. Have you ever thought of using plants that help repel unwanted insects? There are some helpful herbs too!
Basil helps to repel house flies and mosquitoes. A helpful tip is to plant basil in containers near your house doors and around outdoor settings such as the patio, where you may like to do some relaxing. You also can use fresh basil to make an insect repellent spray. A simple recipe calls for pouring 4 ounces of boiling water into a container holding 4 to 6 ounces of clean, fresh basil leaves(stems can be attached), letting the leaves steep for several hours, removing the leaves and squeezing all of the leaves’ moisture into the mixture. Then thoroughly mix 4 ounces of (cheap!) vodka with the basil-water mixture. Store in the refrigerator and apply as a spray when going outdoors. Be sure to keep the spray away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
Lavender can help to repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes. Lavender has been used for centuries for all sorts of home remedies. Most people enjoy the smell of lavender while mosquitoes, flies and other unwanted insects are not so fond of it. Helpful tip: Plant it in sunny areas of the garden or by entryways to your house to help reduce pest activity in those areas.
Lemongrass helps to repels mosquitoes. Of course you’ve seen citronella candles or patio tiki torches in stores during the summer to help keep those mosquitoes at bay during summer parties. Please note that lemongrass is a perennial which means it will come back year after year in many climates. It does best in warmer and humid areas and can get quite large, but it is possible to grow indoors in colder areas or during colder months.
Mint helps to repels mosquitoes. It’s safe to say that mint is best grown in pots rather than the ground because it spreads aggressively fast. Once it gets established in the garden, it can be difficult to remove. The aromatic properties found in the leaves are also present in the stems and flowers. Helpful tip: Containers of mint strategically placed in the garden area or on the patio area will help keep nearby plants insect free.
Rosemary repels mosquitoes and a variety of insects that are harmful to vegetable plants. Rosemary is available in various forms. Plants can be grown in containers on a patio, grown in herb gardens or planted in landscaped beds, where some varieties can grow quite large. Rosemary’s oils are unpleasant to many insects. The plant itself and its cuttings are effective repellents. You can make a simple repellent spray by boiling 1 quart of dried rosemary in a quart of water for 20 to 30 minutes and then straining the liquid into a container at least a half-gallon in size that contains a quart of cool water. Put a cap on the combined liquid and store it in the refrigerator. Add the repellent to small squirt bottles as needed when going outdoors. Discard the remaining repellent in the refrigerator when it no longer has a strong telltale smell of rosemary.