When the weather gets better, you want to rush out, put on your summer clothes, and spend more time in the garden. But the moment you sit and relax, you hear this annoying, high-pitch whining sounds. It’s the inimitable noise of a mosquito.
Soon after you hear the sound, the insect bites you. You then have to leave what you’re doing, rush inside and pick up some mosquito bite cream.
Keeping mosquitos out of your garden, however, isn’t as difficult as you might think. You don’t have to cover your entire outdoor space in a giant net or continuously spray insect repellent into the air. It turns out that nature already has a few tricks up its sleeves.
If you read the label of most insect repellents, you find that many of them contain a large number of plant extracts. There’s a good reason for this: plants naturally create compounds that insects hate to discourage them from being eaten. But instead of going out to the store to buy bundles of repellent in the summer, you can just put the plants directly into your garden, keeping all those nasty mosquitos at bay!
Do you want to rid your garden of the mosquito menace? If so, be sure to plant some of these superstar flowers and shrubs.
Basil might taste delicious when mixed into a pasta dish, but to insects, it is tremendously offputting. They do not like the pungent aroma and steer well clear of the herb if they detect it in their vicinity.
Growing basil is a good idea in general. It allows you to have a fresh supply of the soft green herb on hand whenever you need it while providing some protection against mosquitos when they all start multiplying out of control in the summer.
Mint is a herb with all kinds of benefits for your health and longevity. Plus it tastes excellent in a cocktail.
More important than that, though, it does an excellent job of keeping a whole host of insects at bay, including mosquitoes.
Mint grows well in most climates, meaning that you can have a lot of the stuff on your hands in a very short amount of time. If you have too much growing in your garden, then you can always snip away the excess, dry it out in your kitchen, and then blend it to make mint tea.
Are you detecting a theme here yet? A lot of herbs, it seems, have potent chemicals that allow them to give off scents, deterring predators. Rosemary is no exception, thanks to the thick, waxy substance it secretes onto its leaves.
Rosemary tends to do well in hot, arid climates and can often survive mild winters, making it a great herb to have on hand all year long. What’s more, rosemary bushes tend to grow large quickly, meaning that you can prune them into any shape you want and make them look pretty.
Where possible, try placing your rosemary near to your seating areas. The closer you can get it to where you spend the most time in the garden, the more it will prevent that annoying high-pitching whining while you’re trying to read or enjoy a quiet drink.
Lavender is a beautiful plant that produces deep purple flowers which can last for most of the year. The plant is most famous for its fragrance, but it is also a potent tool to prevent the buildup of insects in your garden.
Interestingly, lavender oil features in a large number of insect repellent products. Experts think that the scent of the herb interferes with a mosquito’s sense of smell, preventing them from harvesting your blood.