There’s nothing more frustrating than that familiar buzzing followed by the itchy prick of a mosquito while you’re trying to enjoy a nice evening or day outside. These pesky insects are something we’ve come to accept as one of the downfalls of spring and summer. While they might seem harmless, their relentlessness to bite and buzz in our ear can drive a sane person crazy! Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do to get rid of them, so what can we do to minimize their negative impact on our enjoyable patio parties or campfires?
Of course, we can layer up or lather on the bug spray, but according to several credible sources, there are other things we can do. Use nature to fight nature! Here’s a list of 16 plants that can be used in our garden or outdoor space to help repel mosquitos naturally!
While most humans, including myself, are refreshed and revitalized by the naturally sweet scent of peppermint oil, most insects, particularly mosquitoes and fleas, despise the minty smell.
Grow peppermint herb around your patio and fire and barbecue pits to repel adult mosquitoes and kill larvae. Apply a few dabs of concentrated peppermint oil topically to skin—including the temples, behind the ears, at the base of the neck and on wrists—and also smooth some oil in your hands and dab it onto your clothes. I also like to dilute the oil and use it as a bug spray.