“Green” Solutions to Repel Mosquitoes
With today's increasing eco-friendly approach to everything, many home gardeners are trying some age-old method to repel pests, such as planting marigolds in their vegetable garden. According to Royal Pest Solutions Entomologist, John Moore, “Some plants, such as marigolds do actually repel insects…but only from the plant. The concentration of the plant’s natural repellant is not significant enough to keep mosquitoes and other flying insects away from an area.” “However, there are drawbacks,” continued John, “Marigolds can attract spider mites.”
John has some very simple Green suggestions to keeping mosquitoes from biting you while you sit on your patio, deck or in your yard this summer:
- Don’t sit outside at dawn or dusk; that’s when mosquitoes are most active.
- Bring a big fan outside and have it blowing across the area where you and your guests are hanging out; mosquitoes and flies don’t like wind: it makes it hard for them to fly and it dehydrates them so they avoid it.
- Citronella candles really do work…but you need at least one candle per 10 square feet; so if you have a 6 foot x 10 foot deck…evenly space six or more citronella candles.
- If you have a bug zapper light, put it about 15-20 feet from where you will be.Mosquitoes and other flying insects are attracted to the light and will fly to it so keep it away from you. Don’t waste your money on ultrasonic bug traps…they don’t work.
- Use bug repellant … anything with DEET. It works.
- Also, try SKIN-SO-SOFT from Avon. It was discovered quite by accident that it was a great mosquito repellant and there is an entire line of AVON Bug Guard repellants.
“And if you REALLY want a GREEN fly and mosquito deterrent,” says John in his understated Entomologist tone, “GET A FROG.”