But the one (huge) drawback to summertime is the eminent presence of mosquitoes.
I'm really not a huge fan of bug sprays and things like that because I hate smelling like it for hours. And it never seems to really work all that well.
So I wanted to check out a few other possible deterrents for those menacing insects.
Citronella is the most commonly used and known plant used against mosquitoes. It does work, but it lasts a very short time. So there has to be other options.
Eucalyptus, cedar, geranium, peppermint, lemon grass, fennel, catnip and rosemary plants in addition to tea tree, castor and soybean oils are all readily available natural repellents. Lemon eucalyptus and soybean are often considered the most effective of the bunch, and peppermint oil is reported to also kill mosquito larvae. At least one study found catnip to be 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET!
So that would be a great solution to enjoiying a mosquito-free evening, but what about a more long-term plan of attack? For that, there are several things you can do:
- Incorporate repellent plants into your landscape.
- Make your house and your neighborhood home to animals that eat mosquitoes. Purple martins, frogs, bats, guppies and dragonflies all feast on mosquitoes.
- Get rid of standing water. Clean gutters, tip over buckets, bowls and anything else that collects water.
- Don't use pesticides or bug-zappers. These indiscriminant killers are likely to kill more beneficial, mosquito-eating animals than mosquitoes.
One of the best things about summer is being outside, so don't let those pesky mosquitoes keep you from enjoying one second outdoors!
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