Lake Sinclair living and mosquitoes

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Unless you've been under a rock you've been hearing about the Zika Virus and the harm it can do to unborn babies and that cases are not in the United States. It's been on the news in an election cycle, which means it's really big news. Now I'm NOT being an alarmist. But living on/near water can certainly mean more mosquitoes. Just a small amount of standing water can breed thousands of mosquitoes. If I am outside and there is a mosquito in a mile radius of me, it generally finds me and bites me.

So what to do?  Well first you want to make sure not to have standing water. Even in the bottoms of potted plants. If you water every day and never let it go dry it's an excellent place for mosquitoes to breed. You will want to make sure if you pull your boat out of the lake you don't leave standing water in it. Don't leave a cup in the boat, a bucket that catches rain water is great for summer watering if you empty it every couple of days.

There are also some natural repellant plants that you can grow that will help to keep mosquitoes away from where you enjoy outside. It's a great idea to have a planter on the dock with some of these growing in it. Near the house by or on the deck is another great place to grow plants that repel mosquitoes.

I have long grown several of the plants that I found on the lists I located

  • Rosemary (also great for cooking)
  • Catnip (my cats love the stuff)
  • Basil
  • Marigolds
  • Garlic

Now I am not the expert, but I wanted to share with you the lists I found that were the longest. One has 11 and the other 31 plants. I actually have always bought citronilla candles, but never even considered getting a plant to keep the bugs away while we grill.  So I think I'll be adding that to my container garden on the deck this year.

35 Plants to repel Mosquitoes 

11 Plants to repel mosquitoes

31 Plants to repel mosquitoes

I also found interesting  while looking for articles that you can make a natural repellent from Rosemary and I'm going to give that recipe a try this spring and see if it works for me. I don't like to use chemicals and spraying them on me just doesn't seem like a great idea.


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Comments (37)

Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Tammy. Certainly an important topic right now for sure. Was not aware of all the different plants that are mosquito repellent.

Feb 01, 2016 07:20 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm going to bookmark this - I didn't realize plants could be used as repellents and when it's a plant that produces an herb I use, that serves two purposes!

Feb 01, 2016 07:52 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the information. I will share this with others. Timely post.

Feb 01, 2016 08:29 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

The news has been frightening. You know it's going to get here eventually. Mosquitos in general are threatening, nevermind this new virus.  I'm a very health conscious person in general and avoid chemicals but when it comes to mosquitos and ticks I'm all for chemical control. My husband sprays every 2 weeks and we rarely see any all season.

I will be saving your lists and trying the plant prevention this year...maybe cut down on the spraying!

Feb 01, 2016 10:35 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Mosquitoes caused havoc in Hawaii, too. Dreadful things. Dengue fever. And the WHO declared Zika a worldwide health emergency, and since it's all over Cuba my sister is freaking out thinking I'll drop dead.  Because the EPA is on record stating DEET is not a health hazard to people or children, I think I'll still trust an insecticide over rosemary or cinnamon oil. To each her own.

Feb 02, 2016 05:43 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

When you make your repellent also add catnip oil or some infusion of it. It really works great as you mentioned in your post. 

I'm like you and mosquitoes love me. 

Feb 02, 2016 10:09 AM
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Thank you for sharing the list of repellant plants.  Great tips!

Feb 02, 2016 10:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Tammy- I don't like to use chemicals so I'm looking into some of these plants and checking out the links.  We usually have a basil plant around but may add some others. 

Feb 03, 2016 10:48 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Tammy, thanks for the tips and links on mosquito repellants. I like growing rosemary and other herbs to keep them away.

Feb 04, 2016 12:05 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Tammy Lankford - I really appreciate all the great information you provided. These mosquito's are getting more and more dangerous every year. Every year we're learning about a new one too. Plus they are dangerous to pets too!

But let's not worry about opening up our borders or exposing our kids to diseases from kids who were never vaccinated, or pregnant moms to be, or the West Niles Virus that has killed so many here in Dallas.... 

Feb 04, 2016 01:00 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Tammy, great post and we do all need to be aware of mosquitos and how to keep them away.  The Zika virus sounds deadly. 

Feb 04, 2016 10:08 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I love the idea of planting something that will naturally repel mosquitoes.

Feb 05, 2016 06:45 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Tammy ... what a great post with some great information!

I was born and raised the first 20 years of my life in the Midwest and a state that has over 10,000 lakes. In these first 20 years I would have to say that I have been stung by hundreds of thousands of mosquito's and still around to write this comment.

That being said really where did this Zika Virus come from? Is it possible that some mosquito's, birds or some other creature brought this Zika Virus from another country.

There are over One Million Lakes in Alaska and I am not worried about getting the Zika Virus up here.

But I really do like your write and all the natural mosquito repellents you have on your post, because I don't spray any of the store bought poisons on my skin.


Feb 05, 2016 12:27 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I am not going along with flies and mosquitoes. They seems can not have enough of my blood.....Glad, we have very few them in here.

Feb 05, 2016 03:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign


                  Thank you Tammy Lankford for my ah-ha moment. 

Feb 06, 2016 10:30 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tammy. Inever knew there were anti mosquito plants. Thank you.

Feb 06, 2016 08:35 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Excellent post and some sage advice.....never knew about these plants and mosquitoes.

Feb 06, 2016 10:47 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I love this post!  I can see why Kathy included it this week in her summary!

Feb 06, 2016 10:54 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

These are great tips, Tammy. Lots of talk about the Zika virus and it seems to be spreading. Virus or not, no one wants mosquitoes around and this list will help. I especially like the plants that you can use in cooking, like basil


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