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Preventing mosquito bites is a constant battle for most individuals here in Houston. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you have probably been fighting this battle for years. Our question for you is, how successful have you been? If you have had some success but would like more, we have something you should know today. Here are some plants you should grow around your property and how they deter mosquitoes. 

a swarm of mosquitoes outside

How Plants Deter Mosquitoes

There is a big misconception about plants and how they deter mosquitoes. If you get your information from the wrong place, you might think that planting peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus around your yard is enough to deter mosquitoes from your property effectively. Sadly, this is not the case. The truth is, to be an effective control option, mosquito repellant plants have to be processed down, usually into oils. This is the only way that they will be pungent enough to turn away annoying mosquitoes. 

What Smells Prevent Mosquitoes?

If you have some time on your hands and want to make some natural mosquito repellant, we are certainly here to help you out. For the most effective in deterring these annoying pests, here are some plants you should consider growing around your yard.

  • Marigolds
  • Citronella grass
  • Catnip
  • Basil
  • Bee Balm
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint

Remember, for these plants to deter mosquitoes, you have to process them down first and then apply their scents to your body or outdoor lounging areas. This is how they will be the most effective. (However, they will have some impact if you rub or shake these plants to release their scent.)

Some Other Methods To Reduce Your Chances Of Being Bitten

Creating scent-based mosquito repellants is an excellent first step to reducing your chances of being bitten by mosquitoes. To take your protection to the next level, we recommend you take other precautions as well. To start, wear light-colored clothing. This will make you less visible to mosquitoes and therefore less likely to be bitten. Next, avoid mosquito-dense areas. These pests are most prevalent in wet areas like marshlands and swamps. In addition to this, do not go outside into mosquito-dense areas during dawn and dusk as this is when these pests are most active. Finally, if you are not using homemade scent repellants, purchase a can of bug spray. There are many to choose from with both natural and chemical-based options. Find one that best works for you.

How To Eliminate Mosquito-Breeding Grounds

One effective way to reduce mosquito populations is to remove their breeding grounds. If you didn’t know, mosquitoes lay their eggs inside sources of still water. If these sources remain still for five days, these eggs hatch and soon fly away. To eliminate these sources around your property, eliminate water build-up after rainfall, make sure your gutters are in good condition, and terraform your property for optimal drainage. If you have birdbaths or ornate pools on your property that is not self circulating, change out the water inside them once every four days.

The Benefits Of Professional Pest Control

Keeping up with DIY mosquito control is challenging. If you want an easy way to keep these pests off your property, look no further than All-Safe Pest & Termite. We have access to industrial-grade mosquito treatment and abatement procedures. We have the expertise to incorporate them around your yard or an outdoor event center where you are planning a gathering. All service options are catered to your needs.

 

Call us today to learn more about our mosquito control and schedule an appointment to treat your Houston property or event center for these annoying pests.

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