Great Outdoors

How to Keep Mosquitoes from Joining your Next Outdoor Party

mosquito-518568643Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to start getting your outdoor entertainment space ready. No matter where you live, one guest will always be unwelcome at your outdoor gatherings: the mosquito. If you want to keep them away and add some beautiful plants to your space, we have discovered some great solutions.

If your landscape needs a leafy, herb-like vegetation, consider adding catnip or basil to herb planters in your outdoor space. The oil of catnip has been shown to be ten times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes and also drives cats crazy. Basil can be used to discourage bugs, and you can even make your own natural bug spray using the leaves of the plant.

If your landscape needs a grassy, more structured plant, look for lemon grass or citronella, Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus plants have been shown to be the most effective varieties.

If you want to add some color to your space, the lavender and marigold plants can do double duty. The purple flower and pleasant scent of lavender not only adds beauty to your space, but it also wards off mosquitoes. The bright color of the marigold adds beauty but is also believed to repel a wide variety of garden pests.

If you have a water garden, consider adding the lotus plant. Studies have shown that the plant repels mosquitoes and may even kill mosquito larvae that love a moist environment. This exquisite plant is a symbol of purity, beauty and rebirth in many ancient cultures.

If you really want to get the most out of your landscaping, most of these plants can be used to make essential oils as well. You can make your own essential oils using a variety of methods and then use the oils as mosquito repellants.

Because of the blood born diseases mosquitoes can carry, keeping them away from your guests at your next outdoor gathering will make your outdoor party a success. At Friedman’s, we know how important these outdoor spaces are for your home, and we want to help you create beautiful and functional spaces for your family to enjoy.