Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s time to think about getting your outdoor space ready for entertaining.
The only problem is that dining alfresco can reduce many of us to a mozzie-bitten itching mess.
Before you reach for a chemical spray, surround yourself with plants that naturally repel mosquitos.
What’s not to love about basil? Whether you’re making a pesto or a pizza, basil can add a delicious zing to Italian food. Best of all, mosquitos will be repelled by the scent so you can enjoy your meals bite-free.
Research has shown that peppermint oil repels mosquitos. You can easily grow peppermint in a pot. Keep it happy with lots of sun and regular watering. And when it’s not keeping mozzies at bay, you can use the leaves to brew up a pot of refreshing peppermint tea.
Mosquitos hate the smell of lavender, so it’s a good excuse to grow it in abundance. Either in a pot or flower bed, lavender loves full sun and needs to be watered once or twice a week.
Keep a pot of catnip around. Your furbaby will love it, but mosquitos will not. Catnip loves a lot of sun and well-drained soil, so make sure your pot drains freely and easily.
Another fragrant plant, lemon balm will help to keep mozzies at bay. Best contained in a pot, it loves plenty of sun and regular watering.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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