There are many different ways that homeowners can protect their yards from mosquitos, including traps, nets, and sprays. However, there is a simpler and more natural approach that may help to deter these pests as well. Gardeners and landscaping enthusiasts will enjoy learning that there are many plants that can be incorporated into a backyard to keep mosquitos away.
This article will explore the various plants that naturally repel mosquitos and why each of these plants is useful for mosquito yard control.
The most familiar ingredient used in outdoor candles and natural mosquito repellants is citronella. This plant has a very strong smell, which masks other scents that typically attract mosquitos. Therefore, this plant makes it harder for mosquitos to find and bite you.
You can plant citronella in large pots or in the ground, but make sure that the plants receive full sun and plenty of drainages. Try planting it with decorative flowers or shrubs, or in a raised garden bed on the ground. This is a very low-maintenance plant that’s easy to grow, even for the most novice gardeners.
You don’t necessarily need to have a cat (or even like cats) to plant catnip in your backyard. Studies have shown that catnip is actually just as effective or maybe even more so than DEET, the chemical used in many insect repellants. It is a perennial herb that is in the mint family and grows commercially and in the wild. Plant catnip near outdoor seating areas in your yard, and try rubbing crushed catnip leaves on your skin for extra protection.
Another low-maintenance plant for backyard mosquito control is the marigold, and these are lovely annuals that often serve as border plants. These flowers have a distinctive smell that repels mosquitos. Plant marigolds in full sunlight, and position them in areas by mosquito entry points, such as near windows. Marigolds are very affordable starter plants and commonly found at local garden centers.
There’s another mosquito-repelling plant that goes by the names horsemint and beebalm. This is a perennial that acts in the same way as citronella due to its strong odor. It’s great for dry climates and shaded areas. You’ll often find this plant in coastal communities because it can tolerate salty soils. An added benefit of this plant is that it will attract butterflies to your garden and can even be used to make herbal tea.
Another plant in the mint family that is known to repel mosquitos is lemon balm. This plant has a pleasant, lemony scent that mosquitos do not like. Plant lemon balm in a pot on your patio. This is advised because it can be an invasive species that may take over other undesired parts of your yard.
Professional Mosquito Yard Control
Adding these plants to your backyard is an excellent start to backyard mosquito control. However, many yards in New Jersey can benefit from professional mosquito spray services in the spring, summer, and fall.
For a free home inspection, contact your local mosquito experts at Precise Pest Control at 866-971-2847. We are committed to keeping our neighbors mosquito-free in Bergen County, Passaic County, Wayne, Teaneck, Mahwah, Paramus, Hackensack, Ramsey, Clifton, West Milford, Totowa, and Woodland Park.