The quickest way to ruin a relaxing day on the patio is to have mosquitos attacking you from every direction. When these pests are on a feeding frenzy, they take no prisoners. If you're outside, you are fair game. Putting certain types of plants around your patio will deter mosquitos so you can actually enjoy your time outdoors.
When you read the back of the ingredient list on insect repellents, you’ll notice most of them contain citronella. This is because mosquitos can’t stand the smell of the oil in this plant. Citronella grass will thrive if you water it regularly and plant it in an area where there is plenty of sunlight. In ideal conditions, citronella can grow 5 to 6 feet tall.
When you surround your patio with lemon balm, you can easily send mosquitos flying the other way. Like citronella grass, lemon balm emits a strong odor that mosquitos dislike. When the scent of this plant is in the air, mosquitos won't come anywhere near you.
If you’re looking for a mosquito repelling plant that can grow hale and hearty in shaded areas, vanilla leaf has got you covered. This perennial herb needs rich soil to thrive. To boost its repelling power, crush the leaves to release the oil and then rub it on your skin.
Basil is not only good for whipping up delicious pesto, this herb can help keep mosquitos off your patio. As long as the soil is rich and it gets full sunlight, basil will flourish. You can also crush the leaves and rub them on your skin to deter insects. There are many varieties of this herb, but cinnamon and lemon basil work best.
This deep purple perennial is revered for its homeopathic properties. But did you know it can also repel mosquitos? Simply plant this herb in a pot and place it on your patio. In addition to sending mosquitos scattering, lavender can be used as an herbal remedy to relieve itching from insect bites.
When you use a combination of basil, citronella, vanilla leaf, lemon balm and lavender, you can lounge on your patio without worrying about being chased in the house by a swarm of mosquitos.
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