Mosquitoes are unpleasant to say the least, they are annoying at best and the scratchy bite they leave behind can drive you up a wall. Understanding how they hatch and hunt can help you rid your backyard of these pests. First things first, get rid of any stagnate or standing water right off the bat. Mosquitoes use pools of non-moving water to lay their eggs in attracting hundreds of those winged parasites.
But what are they attracted to in humans? It turns out they hunt by smell which is why some people seem to get bit way more than others during outings. So the easiest way to get rid of them is to mask your scent which is why citronella candles and sprays that contain DEET sell during the spring fall and summer. But there is also a natural way to conceal yourself and family in the backyard by using plants in your garden.
The best way to use these plants is to crush them in your hand and apply directly to your skin or clothes but there is a surprising one I left till last that you burn in your fire pit that will get rid of them.
Peppermint – this plant is for more than eating. Crushing it up will repel mosquitoes and by applying it to water it can actually kill the larva of certain species.
Lemon Balm – While this plant works well at keeping mosquitoes away from you and your guests, it is a VERY invasive species. Keep it in pots of its own or it will be a hassle to keep it from taking over your garden.
Catnip – while this plant has a mint like scent and repels mosquitoes it will also attract every cat in the area. So if you are not interested in being known as the crazy cat person on the block you might want to skip this one.
Lavender – This is one plant that is well known but most people do not rub it on their skin to ward off mosquitoes. If you plant enough of this in your garden it will not only smell amazing but it will keep away mosquitoes.
Now for the bonus
Sage and Rosemary – Keep these two herbs with you when you are around any fire pit. Burning them not only smells great but it drives insects nuts and sends them away.