Battling the Bite with Protective Plants

phenomenal lavender bush

Nature offers us so many great natural defences to the things that bother us. There are few pests more bothersome than the hated mosquito. Luckily we have options that you can grow in your garden that will help make mosquitoes buzz off.

Lemon Grass – The smell that is given off when burning citronella candles or lanterns is actually the oil that naturally comes from this herbal plant!  Also effective are: Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Basil and Lemon Thyme.

Citronella Plant (Citronella Geranium or Mosquito Plant) – Widely known as the plant for keeping those pesky bloodsuckers away, this geranium has the citronella gene embedded in it to give us that lovely smell.

Beebalm (Monarda) – An adaptable perennial that acts like an invisible shield for you. This plant gives off a strong incense-like odor that confuses mosquitoes and masks your smell. Crush the leaves to let out the fragrant oils locked inside.

Lavender – It’s not just easy on the eyes, this perennial herb has a scent we love to use in soaps and shampoos, but mosquitoes hate it.

Marigold – You probably already know that most insects can’t stand the smell of marigolds, add mosquitoes to that list. The distinct scent of marigolds keeps mosquitoes at bay and is also great in your vegetable garden as a companion plant. Grow marigolds in containers that you can move around to your seating area or plant near your outdoor area.

peppermint plants on soil

Peppermint – The strong scent that we love to infuse in our gum, toothpastes and drinks is not popular with mosquitoes. Grab a fewleaves of mint, crush and rub on your body to give yourself a protective barrier.

Rosemary – That’s right, the popular herb that adds big flavour to your food also keeps those little pests at bay too. It’s been used forhundreds of years for repelling mosquitoes. The oil of rosemary is also potent.

By Vikki Whitney, Owner of Griffins Greenhouses
www.griffinsgreenhouses.com
705-652-8638 or 1-877-647-4334

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