Have you noticed an increase in mosquitoes this summer? If you have your not the only one. The long harsh winter, allowed for the mosquito larvae to have a longer growing period then they usually do. Ever fall mosquitoes lay their eggs, once spring comes around and creates pools and puddles the larvae grow. Thanks to this years long winter, we encountered a lot of snow melt and spring rains which kept woodland pools and flood plain areas wet and producing mosquitoes for a longer period of time. While the cooler spring delayed the mosquitoes’ emergence, it was only a short delay.

It is unclear how the mosquito problem may grow throughout the summer. Some mosquitoes continue to lay eggs all summer long, it is the amount of rain we receive this summer that will be the indicator of how much the mosquito population will continue to grow.

Some people are lucky and hardly ever get bitten by mosquitoes, while others seem to be mosquito magnets. So what entices a mosquito to bite?

  • You breath too much. The more CO2 you pump out, the stronger your allure.
  • You’re to relaxed. Stressed out people emit odors that repel mosquitoes.
  • Scent, body odor, perfume and even blood type odor markers can draw mosquitoes. (Sorry to those of you who are type O).
  • You dress in dark colors, especially blue. It is better to dress in bright colors such as khaki and white.
  • Your body temperature, mosquitoes love warmer body types. This is especially hard to avoid if you are drinking or pregnant.

Tips to stay bite free.

  • Shower frequently, skip the perfume and use a bug spray with DEET.
  • Prevent stagnant water from hanging around in your yard.
  • Stay inside and dawn and dusk, these are when mosquitoes feed the most.
  • Where loose clothing, long sleeve and pants preferred (weather permitting, you don’t want to get too hot).

The Summer season is quickly approaching and more and more homeowners will be spending time outdoors. While many people enjoy there time outdoors, it can often be ruined by mosquitoes who often force homeowners indoors during the summer months.

Mosquitoes are not only damaging to gardens but they can also carry deadly viruses. One of the most common way to repel mosquitoes (that really doesn’t work all to great) is to spray ourselves and clothing with sprays that involve poisonous chemicals and undesirable odors.

The trick to keeping these pestering summer bugs away may be right in your garden itself. There are a select few easy to grow plants that help keep mosquitoes away.

 

Catnip

When people think of catnip they usually think of the green herb that is commonly used to stuff toys or feed cats for their own amusement. However, the oil found in catnip has been found to be ten times better at repelling mosquitoes than DEET (a chemical commonly used in bug replants). Planting this plant in your yard will help repel mosquitoes.

 

Citronella Grass

Many people are familiar with the word citronella, s the oil from this plant is used to create candles which are known for repelling bugs without dangerous chemicals. However, these plants can grow to be up to 6 feet tall and thrive in tropical environments.

 

Horsemint

Horsemint (also known as Bee Balm) produces a similar scent to citronella and grows wild through most of the Eastern United States. In addition to its mosquito repellent scent, horsemint oil is a natural fungicidal and bacterial retardant.

Keep away mosquitoes in a natural way.

Marigolds

Marigolds are annuals with come in a variety of warm colors from yellow to red. However, marigolds produce a scent that often turns away not only insects but humans as well. They are a great repellant for mosquitoes as well as insects that attack vegetable plants and aphids.

 

Rosemary

Rosemary is a common herb that is an attractive choice for gardeners because of its uses in the kitchen. Most are unaware that Rosemary contains an oil that helps to repel mosquitoes. Rosemary requires hot, dry weather and well-drained soil and are hard to grow in colder climates. If climate is an issue for you, you can also grow Rosemary in a pot and keep it indoors durring the winter.

 

Ageratum

Ageratum (also known as Flossflowers) emits a smell which Mosquitoes find particularly offensive. These plants produce coumarin which is widely used in commercial insecticides, its horrible scent repulses mosquitoes. These easy to grow flowers thrive in full or partial sun and do not require rich soil.  Ageratum leaves can be crushed to increase the emitted odor, however it is not recommended to put this directly onto your skin.

 

Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme is approximately 62% at repelling mosquitoes as DEET. However unlike the other plants on this list the plant itself with not keep mosquitoes at bay. The trick of lemon thyme is crushing the leaves to rub the resulting oils on your skin. Growing your own will allow you to always have some on hand and offer a natural source of mosquito repellant.