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Southwest Florida Mosquito Guide for Backyards Everywhere!

It’s rainy season once again in Southwest Florida. While we’re glad to see the drought end, the wet weather means the mosquitoes are back in force! Check out our Southwest Florida Mosquito Guide for a creative way to keep that pest at bay.

Southwest Florida Mosquito Guide

Southwest Florida Mosquito Guide

You’ve probably tried the citronella candles and tiki torches to fend off mosquitoes but have you tried defensive gardening? Instead of lighting a candle and bathing in bug spray, there are many plants that are known to be excellent backyard defenders. In this Southwest Florida Mosquito Guide, we’ll walk you through some of our favorites.

Citronella

citronella leavesIt’s true: citronella isn’t just a candle scent. It’s an actual plant! Before you host your next backyard barbecue, add a few citronella plants around your lanai or patio. 

Citronella is a perennial clumping grass that does well in the ground or in large pots. It works by masking smells and making humans harder for mosquitoes to find.

 

Marigolds

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There’s something about the scent of marigolds that mosquitoes hate. Plant them by doors, windows, or around your lanai to keep mosquitoes at bay.

For gardeners, marigolds are especially helpful. They do double duty, repelling insects that prey on tomato plants as well.

 

Mint

Southwest Florida MosquitoNot only does it taste great in your favorite mojito, mint also helps to keep mosquitoes at bay. 

For an even greater impact, keep the muddle out once your mojitos are mixed. Muddle a few extra leaves and then rub them on your arms and legs. Mosquitoes hate mint which makes us love mint even more.

 

Lavender

Southwest Florida Mosquito GuideAnother plant that does well in either pots or in the ground, lavender keeps both mosquitoes and gnats away. Planted near entertaining areas, lavender’s scent overwhelms mosquitoes and pushes them away. 

Lavender is also great dried. Storing dried lavender in closets helps fend off moths as well. 

 

 

Basil

Southwest Florida Mosquito GuideFirst the mint, now the basil. Before you know it, we’ll have you dragging your whole kitchen herb set outside! 

Basil is another one of those scents that we love and mosquitoes hate. Lemon Basil and Cinnamon Basil are the 2 types that show the best pest defense results. 

 

Lemon Balm

Southwest Florida Mosquito GuideYes, another herb! This fast growing, drought resistant plant is gaining popularity with chefs and backyard defenders alike but be careful. Lemon balm, also called horse mint, reseeds itself. Unless you want a lemon balm invasion in your flower beds, plant this one in a pot or planter. 

Lemon balm also attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies so it’s another great gardener’s friend.

Defensive Gardening at its Best!

While placing these plants around your backyard entertaining areas probably won’t rid you of all mosquitoes, they’re proven to cut down the traffic significantly, allowing you to enjoy your summer get togethers more.

Have a special event and need stronger mosquito repelling options? All U Need Pest Control can help! Contact us to learn more about how we can help to make your special day even better with some temporary backyard or beach pest control. 

 

 

 

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