Mosquitoes are an extremely bothersome pest that will ruin any outdoor get-together. You can use bug spray or hire an exterminator, but these options both contain potentially harmful chemicals. If you’re someone who prefers natural methods, below are some things you can try to get rid of mosquitos.
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. If you have standing water somewhere in your yard, this could be a huge source of mosquitoes. Regularly inspect your yard to see if there is any water trapped in trash cans, toys, buckets, etc. Once you start dumping out standing water regularly, you may see the mosquito population decline.
There are many herbs that naturally repel mosquitoes. As landscape designers, we can plant these herbs in your garden or incorporate them into your garden. Here are a few of the plants you should consider adding:
If you’ve ever wanted to keep an herb garden, this could be the motivation you need to get it started! Plus, many of these flowers, like lavender and marigold, add nice pops of color to your yard.
Essential oils have a variety of uses, including repelling mosquitoes. Some of these oils are even used in mosquito repellent spray as it is. If you’re looking for a more natural alternative, buy some of these oils and sprinkle them around your yard or use them to make your own spray. (Some essential oils are safe to put directly on the skin, but be sure to research their safety before you put them on your body.)
Citronella candles are a must-have for any backyard, especially one where mosquitoes are prevalent. Citronella is a natural oil that comes from certain types of grass, and its smell repels mosquitoes. Citronella candles can also get rid of other types of bugs, as the bugs fly towards the flame and get caught in the melting wax.
These are just a few natural remedies for repelling mosquitoes in your yard. You want to enjoy the beautiful landscaping and plant life in your yard, and mosquitoes don’t allow you to do that! If you’re in the San Diego area and need professional landscape design, reach out to Juniper Landscape Company!