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10 Tips to Battle Mosquitoes

After a brutal winter all we want to do is enjoy the weather without being attacked by mosquitoes! Here are a few natural repellents without the use of chemicals that can be harmful to our health and the environment.

  1. Plant any combination of these plants in pots on your patio, as mosquitoes do not like any of these:
    • Lemon Lime
    • Lavender
    • Lemon Balm
    • Basil
    • Garlic
    • Rosemary
    • Lemongrass
    • Catnip
    • Marigolds
    • Scented Geraniums
    • Eucalyptus
  2. Have you ever noticed the mosquitoes are not bad on windy days? Place circulating fans on your patio area, it is recommended at a speed of approximately 10 MPH.
  3. Eliminate standing water, if you have decorative water features be sure that the water is always circulating.
  4. Remove yard debris, these tend to become a point for mosquito breeding.
  5. Liquid garlic juice spray. Spray grass, plants, and all surrounding areas, order goes away after it dries, this works.
  6. Smoke them out! Throw some sage and rosemary on your hot coals, mosquitoes hate these plants and will stay away, as a bonus these herbs will add a nice smell to your outdoor gathering.
  7. Rub Bounce dryer sheets on your skin, and or keep one in your pocket.
  8. Pure Vanilla Extract, mix 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract with 1 cup water in a trigger spray bottle and mist yourself with this fragrant solution.
  9. Lemon Eucalyptus Oil & Geranium Oil.
  10. Another very effective method would be CO2-expelling devices, the down side to these is the cost range typically $300-$1400.

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