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AUGUST 2017 |
GALVESTON MONTHLY |
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Garden
By Jan Brick
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Repel Mosquitoes with Garden Plants
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osquitoes are an irritating nuisance of the summer months, pesky pests that are difficult to control
and usually managed with chemical-filled sprays, fogs, and smoky candles. But several plants can
naturally accomplish the same task effortlessly, with a positive influence on your outdoor space and no
negative impact on the environment.
Basil
- Plant basil in containers by your entry
doors and in outdoor areas where you relax or
entertain. It can also be used to make an insect
repellant: Steep together 4 ounces of boiling
water and 6 ounces of fresh, clean basil leaves
with stems for several hours. Strain. Transfer to a
spray bottle and mix in 4 ounces of cheap vodka.
Store in refrigerator and be sure to keep spray
away from eyes, nose and mouth.
Bee Balm
- Crush the leaves to release the
fragrant oils.
Catmint
- Cut off flowers and boil to make a
spray like the basil spray. Studies show one main
ingredient in catmint is ten times stronger than
DEET.
Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, and Lemon
Thyme
- Grow any or all of these in your garden,
and crush a handful of leaves and rub on skin as a
natural repellant.
Garlic
- Cut up garlic and sprinkle around
outdoor living areas or mix with natural aromatic
oils for use as a body spray.
Clove
- Plant around the yard as a natural
repellant.
Lavender
- Plant in gardens or
mix with oils and apply to skin.
Mints
- All species of mint
both wild and cultivated
contain properties that are
repulsive to insects.
Petunias
- Thought to be nature’s
natural pesticide, plant in both gardens
and containers.
Rosemary
- Plant in garden beds or containers,
or mix with oils and lotions for use as a mosquito
repellant on the body.
Plants that repel mosquitoes include:
Lavender
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