Spring is a beautiful time of the year but unfortunately as the temperatures rise mosquitoes breed and begin multiplying rapidly. Nothing can ruin outdoor enjoyment faster than being attacked by pesky mosquitoes. Even though mosquito repellent helps, it doesn’t keep them completely away.

Mosquitos aren’t just obnoxious flying insects, mosquito-borne illness is a significant public health concern yearly anymore. Even though a mosquitoes entire lifespan is short, a female can reproduce a few times before she dies having 500 or more offspring throughout her lifetime.

Female mosquitoes lay their clusters of eggs in water so any standing stagnant water source is a potential breeding ground. A mosquitoes life cycle goes from the egg, larval, pupal and then biting blood-sucking adults and this cycle doesn’t take very long.

Don’t let those pesky mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your backyard fun this year, there are things you can do to help keep them at bay. It’s next to impossible to keep your yard completely mosquito free but there are things you can do on your property to eliminate their breeding sites and ways to repel them.

  • Keep rain gutters and downspouts free from standing water, leaves and other damp debris regularly. Mosquitoes aren’t picky, any standing water will do and clogged wet gutters are a perfect breeding spot.

  • If you have outdoor potted plants, keep the potting soil mix from getting old and stagnant and the drainage dish empty of any standing water.
  • Swimming pools are ideal for breeding mosquitoes especially if the water gets stagnant and filled with debris. Keep pool water clean and eliminate any water puddles on the cover too.
  • Maintain a healthy landscape free from piles of leaves, weeds, open trash containers, and damp grass cuttings.
  • After a rain, inspect your deck, patio, and yard for any standing water that mosquitoes may use to lay eggs. Humid weather keeps things musty and damp outside and mosquitoes are definitely attracted to areas where the humidity is high.

Mosquito repellents help keep nagging mosquitoes away but there’s also mosquito repelling plants that deter pesky skeeters too. Some plants actually emit a fragrance mosquitoes really dislike. Here’s a list of plants and herbs that are known to repel mosquitoes. Plant them in the garden, in pots on the deck or anywhere near your outdoor living space to help ward off those annoying mosquitoes.

  • Marigolds
  • Citronella Grass
  • Scented Geraniums
  • Ageratum (flossflowers)

  • Alliums

  • Lavender

  • Pennyroyal

  • Catnip

  • Bee Balm

  • Lemon Balm

  • Lemon Grass

  • Lemon Thyme

  • Rosemary

  • Garlic

  • Sage

  • Mint

  • Basil

  • Floss Flower


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