On 03-Jun-2017 In DIY
The onset of summer equals an exodus of bugs in your living room, some in the dark corners of your kitchen, and some furtive mosquitoes too that manage to sneak their way into your bedroom. As if the heat was not punishment enough, now the infernal insects have found their way to your residence!Defeating the armies of the nuisance makers can be a piece of cake if you bank on mother nature to bail you out. Yes! Now you can utilize the flora around your house and the ones inside as well, as bug repellents and your natural oxygen filters. Be it the annoying flies rubbing their pincers as they eye your fruits with 100-compound eyes or the annoying, singy-songy mosquito that sneaks into your house in the dark of the night; there is a natural answer to culling the whole lot of them, with a green weapon.Listed below are some plants that keep your house cool, oxygenated and foremost of all are an amazing hygienic and cost-effective natural pest control solution. Not only do these repellents run no risk of bringing your children or pets in close contact with toxic chemicals and fumes, but they also overhaul the aesthetic appeal of your residence.Don’t garnish all that basil on your flatbread pizzas already, some of them may be the very reason mosquitoes do not bother you at the dinner table! Yes, basil leaves are pungent to mosquitoes and deter them from foraging for fresh blood-veins. An entire basil plant in a corner of the household will do the trick!
Don’t garnish all that basil on your flatbread pizzas already, some of them may be the very reason mosquitoes do not bother you at the dinner table. Yes, basil leaves are pungent to mosquitoes and deter them from foraging for fresh blood-veins. An entire basil plant in the corner of the household will do the trick besides adding some amazing health benefits to your lifestyle.
Lemon Grass is a common sight in many households and also loved by many in their tea and soup for its amazing health benefits. Lemon Grass comprises of ‘citronella’, a key ingredient in mosquito repellents. Citronella is also a common element in candles used for enhancing its citrus scent. This citrus flavor is what deters the mosquitoes and keeps them from invading your home.
Personally, I would ask anyone to proceed with caution if this is their choice of bug-repellent. Catnip, which may drive your feline friends bonkers, albeit in a good way, is also effective against mosquitoes. Rubbing catnip on your skin may drive away mosquitoes, but practice it at your own peril if your furry friend’s claws make you feel weary!
You can trap bees with honey, but to thwart their cousins, lavender is the tool of the trade. Lavender actually attracts bees too, but for all others, it’s a bane. More so than the flowers, it is the lavender leaves and the oils found in them that the bugs cannot tolerate. Dry lavender leaves can also be used as natural mothballs.
Marigolds are not commonplace plants as they require slight upkeep but they serve as vigilantes both inside your home as well as in your garden. The distinctive odor emitted from marigolds repels both mosquitoes as well as worms and bugs that feed on garden-produce.
Mosquitoes may not be as much after your blood like the vampires out of your novels and TV soaps, but nevertheless, they are infamous carriers of contagious diseases. Garlic repulses most garden bugs that are responsible for destroying leaves and buds. A gentle spray will work like a charm!
Commonly used in commercial mosquito repellents, this plant has a smell that mosquitoes are averse to. Coumarin, found in this plant, works well in repelling mosquitoes and hence is widely used in topical mosquito repellents. However, do not try to crush the leaves and apply on your skin as it can cause severe irritation.
Petunias are known for their intoxicating scent but the sweet smell drives away most garden bugs like tree-eating snails and other garden pests. Butterflies and caterpillars are also shy of this plant and mostly dodge the proximity by a wide distance. Potting petunias on either side of the garden rows may serve well to accentuate the landscape, and also protect it.
Rosemary’s baby and oil are both famous, but what about Rosemary - the bug-zapper?! If you have rosemary plants in your herbs section, then you just might be in luck as the scent from the rosemary plan is pungent to most insects, including the ones that nest and feed on the plant matter!
Mint is coveted by most of us but is hated by rodents and garden pests alike. Mints are also known to flourish in any space quickly, so a small patch of mint can work wonders in keeping your garden mole-free as well as clear of aphids!