If you have a pond then chances are you’ve experienced something similar to what most pond owners have experienced over the years. West Nile Virus isn’t the only thing that makes people uncomfortable. It is the annoying sound of mosquitos buzzing around your ear and the occasional bloodsucking. Commercial bug repellant often contains 5-25% DEET which many regard as toxic with harmful long-term effects. The solution? Homemade mosquito repellants.
Doesn’t the sound of mosquitoes humming around irritate you? Of course it does! You don’t even have to tell me. If you love the sound then you should probably download an audio similar to the one in this video onto an mp3.
Here are 5 plants that can help to you keep your cool without going crazy from all the mosquitoes
Herbal repellants unlike the typical commercially purchased mosquito repellants must be constantly reapplied. Do not use essential oils or any repellants on infants or children without first seeking medical advice.
Seek medical advice before application of these methods. If you swelling or rashes appear then you may be allergic to one or more of the ingredients. From experience repellants tend to last longer when applied to clothing as spraying onto skin can wash away with sweat. However, do not apply to white fabrics as it could leave noticeable stains.
Lemon balm attracts bees to the garden which is good for pollination. It is a very fast growing and drought resistant plant that groBut did you know that it can also be used as an ingredient in a mosquito repellant? I used to use military grade mosquito repellant until we were told ‘by the way, it can cause cancer.’ At least we weren’t using DEET 40 which is what they first issued soldiers many years ago. Here is a homemade version that you can create.
Lemon Balm Mosquito and Insect Repellent Recipe
To make a repellant try:
• Quart of Vodka
• 2-3 cups Fresh Lemon Balm Leaf
• Add lemon balm leaves to the vodka.
• Steep for one month.
• Strain herb from liquid, and pour into spray bottle.
• Add essential oils such as citronella, peppermint and basil.
Apply mosquito repellant to keep pesky mosquitoes at bay. Don’t drink it or give it to kids..
Lavendar is a plant that looks but it is also useful as a mosquito repellant.
Lavendar repellant: lavendar mixed with either vinegar or vodka (see, vodka is good for many things) in a spray bottle works well. Put lavendar leaves in a spray bottle (how much is up to you) and mix it up. Let steep/marinate/infuse for a few weeks for better results. Shake and apply. Avoid spraying it into the eyes genius.
Basil has a strong smell that insects dislike. A fast remedy is to crush some basil leaves and rub to affected areas. You can also put it into a spray bottle with vinegar or vodka. Just let it sit for a week or so for more effectiveness.
Cats are attracted to the smell and insects dislike it. If you have a rodent and insect problem why not handle them by adding catnip to your garden? You can make a catnip bug repellant using catnip and vinegar in a jar. Try mixing some of the other plants as well.
A good strategy to use with marigolds as potted plants is to place them by entranceways, doorways, or windows to deter mosquitoes from going through that airspace.
Herbal Marigold Bug Repellant
1 cup marigold
1/4 cup of cilantro
8 cups distilled water
1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
Crush the marigold and cilantro. Add 2 cups of water to the mixture. Store in the fridge for 24 hours. Strain through cloth and add the rest of the water. Add 1 teaspoon of soap and give the jar/bottle a good shake.
If you have a gopher or mole problem then you need tobacco plants as well as catnip. Gophers and moles seriously hate the smell of tobacco. Add catnip to attract cats in the area because – Gophers and moles are afraid of cats! Together they are a match made in heaven. If the mosquitoes don’t kill you the tobacco will. Use tobacco to stop moles from digging around in your backyard.
A great homemade bug spray. This guy hates bugs so much that he made a video teaching others how to kill bugs.
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