Mosquitoes and Vampires.
What’s up team and how’s everyone doing this week?! I hope everyone is managing to stay cool in these killer temps. I’m already counting down the days for fall, the first snowfall, and really just winter. I need winter. Now… Anyway, we’ve all been trying to make the most out the beautiful weather we’ve had recently, but there’s been one major bummer that I totally forgot happens in the summer, bugs. Not all bugs, mostly just mosquitos. And spiders, spiders are no joke. So this week we’re going to take a look at how to make our outdoor time more bearable and less of you slapping yourself every five seconds.
Now there’s a lot of ways we can achieve this goal, obviously, but we’re going to try and do this the most natural way possible. You can always go out and buy tons of citronella candles, or get your yard sprayed with chemicals, but where’s the fun in that? I’ll tell you where the fun really is (if you keep reading). All the fun can be found in herbs and flowers (specific herbs and flowers, I will get to it, be patient), dirt, planters, and your backyard, or where you like to hang outside. What I’ve gathered from my research so far, is that mosquitoes don’t really enjoy the same scents that us humans do (most of us). In fact, they like to stay away from a lot of household ingredients that can be super useful for anyone that likes to cook a lot. Which is good, ‘cause we cook a lot.
I am excited to let you know that two of my most favorite ingredients ever are big time contenders in the fight to ward off mosquitoes: basil and garlic. Both garlic and basil have rather potent scents, which spread out into the yard and help drive mosquitoes off. The mosquito, naturally, has a very unrefined palate and will flee the scene for lesser quality food (**not a real fact**). Also, by eating garlic, mosquitoes won’t bite you as much because it leaves a nasty taste in your blood, just like with vampires. Another family of plant that adds to aromatic defense / kitchen use, is the mint family. Plants like peppermint, lemon balm, and pennyroyal (be super careful with this one) also provide a great barrier of defense. Mint can grow in extremely rapid and invasive rates, so I would definitely recommend planting these in their own planters, not in the garden along with all your other plants. Just trust me on this one.
As well as having bad taste in herbs and spices, mosquitoes have poor taste in flowering vegetation, which brings good news for us. Flowers like marigold and lavender have strong scents with sweet perfumes that are pretty favorable to most humans, and mosquitoes absolutely hate them. As a matter of fact, it’s a good rule of thumb that mosquitoes aren’t partial to most smells humans find attractive! Nature is awesome!
Go give it try folks, I know I will! That’s it for this week everyone, thanks for reading in and go get yourself some plants that’ll give you some more outdoor time and then cook ‘em right up! Enjoy this sunshine!