Best ways to use mosquito-repellent plants
As the weather gets warmer, it’s important to learn how to repel mosquitoes near your home by using your plants effectively. Your mosquito-repelling plants can only be effective, however, if you use them properly. Often, the best way to prevent mosquitoes from invading your space is to plant several repellent plants in a small area or plant them in pots, which can be easily moved to where you need them. “If you enjoy working in your garden, you may get some relief from mosquitoes by interspersing your repellent plants among your other plants to keep the mosquitoes off you while you garden,” Lawhorne suggests. Rocha stresses the importance of combating the majority of the mosquitoes before they hatch, which will allow your plants to more effectively control live mosquitoes. Rocha says you can do this by “getting rid of any sources of water where they may be able to hatch, including in wheelbarrows, buckets, and dishes under flower pots, children’s wading pools, clogged rain gutters, over-irrigated lawns, used tires, and any other items that may collect water, and thus, becoming a place for mosquitoes to thrive.” Next, learn about the mosquito-borne illnesses you need to know about.