If there’s any planter to strategically place on your deck, patio or porch this season, it’s a colorful container filled with plants that control mosquitoes naturally.
Herbs such as lavender, rosemary, lemon thyme, lemongrass, catnip, lemon balm, peppermint and basil smell amazing — but not to mosquitoes.
Pinching off herbs not only releases the fragrance but they taste delicious in foods like pasta and fish.
Several flowering plants also keep mosquitoes away, including marigolds. They give off a natural aroma that mosquitoes do not like.
Marigolds can also be useful in the vegetable garden, especially when planted with tomatoes, where they can deter other types of pests.
Mosquito geraniums, sometimes called citronella plants, can also be effective in natural mosquito control. Though not as effective as bottled repellent, when you crush and rub the leaves of a mosquito plant, the scent is strong and smells like citronella.
That way, you’re taking aim from all sides to battle the bite.