29 Mar 2017
Mosquitoes, Key West and warm summer nights!
Worried about mosquitoes and the viruses they carry? Want to enjoy your beautiful Key West property and outdoor space without slathering yourself with harsh chemicals? Let Mother Nature help you combat these pesky critters!
Mosquitoes…they may be great food for birds but you don’t want them hanging around your yard or joining you in the house at night. Mosquitoes, along with many biting insects, are attracted to odors in human skin. So if you’re spending a lot of time running around and sweating, (and who doesn’t sweat in a Key West summer?!!) you can expect to have mosquitos following you around.
So, how do you enjoy your Key West outdoor space, without worrying about these little buggers? One way is to make your property less “tasty” to these little guys… by getting rid of any standing water, on your property. Another way is to plant some bug “repelling” plants around the entrances to your home. There are several plants with strong scents that keep mosquitoes at a distance. The aroma needs to be in the air around you, so planters in your outdoor seating area and by the front door are great.
Catnip – This fragrant cousin to the mint is both an insect repellant and a toy for your kitties!
Lavender – This plant is great at repelling flying insects like mosquitoes, moths, and flies. The flower’s perfume will scent the air, but most effective when rubbed on the skin.
Peppermint – In its concentrated form, peppermint can be used as an insect repellent. It is also great for those afternoon Mojitos and Mint Juleps!
Citronella Grass – The most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellants. It is also known to deter cats, so don’t plant it next to the catnip and send mixed messages!
So, take precautions to protect yourself from biting nuisances, and sit out in your island oasis, enjoying the sunset, sipping your favorite evening cocktail, surrounded by your pest repelling buddies!