Mosquitoes Suck (Literally)

I really hate mosquitoes. My daughter gets eaten alive. As a toddler, she loves to be outside so we often go on walks in the near by green belt. It’s a wonderful place, but when I get back, it is a win to come out with less than 3 or 4 bites. 1 or 2 is a given. My wife and I find ourselves discussing mosquito remedies more and more often. Here are a few of the most common natural options:

Plants:

Clearly we like the plant options (We are good with plants). Here are a few plants with varying repellent powers.

  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Marigold
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lavender
  • Garlic
  • Lemongrass
  • Clove

Water Control:

Often times, stagnant water is where Mosquitoes lay their eggs. The more water you let sit around your property, the worse your problem will be. Be sure to consistently walk your property and overturn all stagnant water (no matter the size). Here is a line from the Houston Chronicle that I thought was funny and well put, “Mosquitoes live to reproduce, but they have to have standing water to lay their eggs. If you have stagnant water in your backyard, you might as well buy towels and curtains for your mosquito nursery. Tires, toys, gutters, pet dishes, plant saucers, bird baths, leaky outdoor faucets, even air-conditioning drains all are likely spots for mosquito larvae. Survey your property frequently. Empty any items that hold water.”

If you are looking for a good local solution for treatment, we know and recommend the guys at Barefoot Mosquito. They provide great service and have really good natural solutions.

We got a lot of this information from this site here.