While there are so many positives that come with the summer season, there’s one huge downside: mosquitos! But rather than rely on bug repellants or pest control sprays to ward off these nasty buggers, there a better, more natural way to keep the mosquitoes out of the house. The problem with conventional mosquito-fighting options is that they’re loaded with nasty additives, harmful fragrances, synthetic compounds, and dangerous chemicals. Not to mention they create waste in the form of plastic.
Instead, try using plants—yes plants— to keep mosquitos away. Lemon balm, for instance, promotes a healthy relationship to bugs. It brings in the right ones — pollinators like bees and butterflies — and deters mosquitoes. Mosquitoes don’t like the smell of lemon balm and so generally stay away from it.
Peppermint has also been proven to effectively stave off mosquitos. One study in which mosquito larvae were exposed to the oil resulted in a 100 percent mortality rate for the larvae. Planting peppermint around the yard will work well, but if you need more immediate backup, you can crush up the peppermint leaves in your hands to release a strong scent. Want to discover more mosquito-repelling plants? Look no further! READ MORE
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