Mosquito repellent plants are a lie

Mosquito repellent plants are a lie
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You really can’t go anywhere on the internet without coming across lists of the top 17 or 25 mosquito repellent plants, or mosquito repellent plants that are good in shade, or aren’t toxic to dogs, Or other. It seems like people just wanna talk on mosquito repellent plants, and never stop thinking: wait a minute, do plants really repel mosquitoes?

Nope! They don’t! At least not as you think. Involvement in all of these lists (and contentless TikToks like the one where someone takes a video of themselves buying a lavender plant) is that just planting one of these so-called insect repellent plants will keep mosquitoes (or other pests) away from your garden . But this idea is mostly wishful thinking.

There is a grain of truth here :Ssome plants do contain oils that can potentially repel mosquitoes, but you would need to get the oils between you and the mosquitoes somehow. And that’s easier said than done.

research, as this study on malaria vectors in Kenyashowed that potted plants (including lime basil and common lantana) can slightly reduce mosquito numbers around a bed, but you need to bruise the leaves of the plants and completely surround your bed with them – and even then the effect is not strong enough to prevent mosquitoes from biting you; that only reduced slightly their number.

There are also studies like this one showing chemicals extracted from vegetable oils, when used in diffusers and candles. can somewhat repel mosquitoes, and sSome carrier oils can act as mosquito repellents when applied directly to the skin. This study found that citronella, clove, and patchouli oils can work well enough to be effective repellents—defined as working for at least two hours—but they must be undiluted to work best. (Other carrier oils tested did not work well enough to be considered truly repulsive.)

As we talk about rubbing copious amounts of undiluted essential oils into your skin, I think we’re pretty far from the fantasy of planting a few lavender bushes next to your back patio to enjoy a mosquito-free barbecue. (Not to mention that essential oils are expensive, can be irritating to the skin and often evaporates quickly.) If you want to apply something to your skin to prevent insect bites, buy one of the truly effective EPA registered herbal bug sprays.

How to keep mosquitoes away from your porch or patio

So if you can’t keep mosquitoes away with lavender or lemongrass plants, what can you do to make your backyard gatherings less of a mosquito magnet?

First, look around your garden for sources of standing water. These can be birdbaths, buckets or flowerpots that collect rainwater, kiddie pools, or other toys or objects. If you can’t stop them from drawing water in the first place, the CDC recommends throw them away and clean them weekly.

You can buy insecticides to kill mosquitoes. Larvicides can kill baby mosquitoes in water; they are intended for water that is not intended for drinking and that you cannot easily empty (for example, a rain barrel or a pool cover that collects water). Adulticides kill adult mosquitoes where they rest, usually under plants, under decks and under outdoor furniture. Adulticides come in the form of sprays, coils and foggers.

Finally, the simplest solution when you receive guests and want to enjoy a porch beer without getting eaten alive: a box fan. Mosquitoes don’t fly strong enough to fight the current generated by a fan, and if it’s a hot summer day, you’ll enjoy the breeze yourself. Give your guests a spritz of DEET when they arrive and you’ll be much more mosquito-free than if you were hoping to be protected by a few garden plants.

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