The Best Mosquito Repellent Plants
...And more DIY strategies to keep mosquitoes away this summer.
Grow mosquito repellent plants in your yard
Flowers can do more than just provide a splash of colour in your yard. Investing in mosquito repellent plants can help ensure your backyard barbecue isn’t gatecrashed by unwanted (not to mention thirsty!) flying pests. Three of the best mosquito repellent plants are marigolds (above), citronella and calendula, while herbs like rosemary, mint and lemongrass can also help keep biting insects from your patch of the great outdoors. Plant them near your patio or deck for the best benefit.
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Repelling mosquitoes with citronella candles
No green thumb? No problem! You can still tap the mosquito repelling power of citronella (while creating the perfect ambiance) with citronella candles. Pro tip: It’s best to use citronella after everybody’s done eating.
Spray with mosquito repellent cedar oil
A mixture of cedar oil diluted with water can be sprayed on your lawn and shrubs to repel insects like fleas and mosquitoes. Not only does it keep pests away, but it can nix their eggs, too. Use it at night and by the morning, the yard will be ready for the whole family to enjoy, from pets to parents.
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Reduce stagnant water to keep mosquitoes away
Mosquitoes will lay eggs in any stagnant, non-chlorinated water, whether it’s in an inflatable pool or a flower pot. Drain any stagnant water you find to reduce the risk of guests getting bitten while grilling burgers. But don’t worry unduly about whether or not your neighbour is doing the same: Mosquitoes tend not to fly very far, so cleaning up your property should do the trick.
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Invest in a tent
For a touch of glamour and a foolproof way to keep out mosquitoes and flies, set up a tent in your backyard to surround the dining area where guests will be eating. If you don’t have the extra room, you can buy mosquito nets to hang from your outdoor umbrellas.
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Prep the patio
Insects like flies can thrive off even small amounts of leftover food. Be sure to wipe up any spilled liquid or crumbs after eating outside to help prevent against pests. As a bonus, it means your dining area will be in perfect shape for when your guests come over.
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Change your outdoor lighting
Certain lights can attract bugs, so opt for yellow lights instead of your traditional white bulbs. The golden glow can also make for a more pleasant outdoor experience. Turn off your outdoor lights before going to bed, as well.
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Use diluted hydrogen peroxide
Mix this common household staple with water—a mixture of 1/3 hydrogen peroxide, 2/3 water—and spray it over your patio and its perimeter, especially in places where guests will be sitting and eating. Opt for a 3% hydrogen peroxide to keep plants safe.
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