Let’s face it, nothing spoils an outdoor gathering like everyone’s #1 uninvited guest–the mosquito! So here are some helpful tips to keep those pesky pests from spoiling your warm weather fun:
Treat or eliminate standing water from your yard – Mosquitoes need water to breed, so be vigilant about using mosquito dunks (little donut-shaped, natural mosquito larvacides that are harmless to birds, fish, wildlife and pets) in birdbaths, ponds and fountains. Make sure gutters are clean so water isn’t trapped, and after a rain or watering your yard, empty any water that has collected in containers (don’t forget drainage plates under flowerpots) watering cans, pool and furniture covers, and toys for kids and pets.
Include mosquito-repellent plants in your landscape – Great news! Some plants and herbs people find delightfully fragrant and delicious are repellent to a mosquito’s senses. Lemony-scented plants such as Citronella Grass (Ybopogon Nardus or Citronella Winterianus, specifically) or Lemon-Scented Geranium (Pelargonium Crispum) are great choices, as are Catmint (Nepeta), Lavender (Lavendula), Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) and Basil (Ocimum Basilicum).
Create a breeze – If you can, set up some fans outside (oscillating are best). Mosquitoes are weak flyers, so the breeze is a natural deterrent.
Light up the night with candles or torches – Mosquitoes will avoid the smoke from flames from candles and tiki torches. Surrounding the perimeter of the area to your outdoor gathering with torches and burning citronella candles on tables add a festive atmosphere while keeping mosquitoes at bay.
Scents and non-scents – There are any number of commercially made insect repellents on the market, including those made from natural and organic ingredients. Other anecdotal methods include tucking a dryer sheet into your pocket or squeezing the oil from citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges or limes onto your skin. Steer clear of sweet-smelling perfumes or lotions, though.
Visit us at Farmside Landscape and we’ll help you find the right mosquito repellent plants for your yard! Contact us at any time.