As Minnesotan's prepare to move outside to their backyards, their patios & decks, or to their northern lake cabins after the reality that is the long Minnesota winter, an annual nemesis, the mosquito could be around in epic proportions this year due to the extremely wet Spring we've had. WATCH THE CRAZY VIDEO! (we don't need this dude's problems!)

Instead of going the chemical route, here are six mosquito repelling plants
to make mosquito control more natural. You can find these common plants at area garden centers, like this one right here located on 2nd Street in Rochester!

OR......contact me via my BIO-PAGE and I can hook you up!

Steve Richards ~ Quick Country Weekends
Now, if you would like to watch the video of a dude with REAL mosquito problems, WATCH IT!

Photo: Steve Richards ~Quick Country Weekends - TSM Rochester, MN

Basil Ocimum americanum – has essential oils that can be extracted and used as a spray to repel mosquitoes. It has also been an effective repellent when grown nearby.

Photo: Steve Richards ~Quick Country Weekends - TSM Rochester, MN

 

 

 

 

Bee Balm – Monarda – is a great flowering plant that attracts hummingbirds and, of course, bees. It is also very effective used as a mosquito repellent, when allowing the fragrant oils to be released when the leaves are crushed.

Photo: Steve Richards ~Quick Country Weekends - TSM Rochester, MN - Catmint

 

 

CatmintNepeta faassenii – is very effective at keeping mosquitoes away. It is even better than commercial bug sprays at keeping the pests away. Simply, cut off the flowers and boil them to make a spray. [ READ MORE]

Photo: Steve Richards ~Quick Country Weekends - TSM Rochester, MN - Lemon Thyme

 

Lemon ThymeThymus vulgaris – repels mosquitoes naturally. Mosquitoes tend to hate their citrus smell. Crush a few parts of this plant and rub on the body to keep these harmful bugs away. Make sure that your skin can tolerate the oil before applying to larger areas of the body. [LEARN MORE]

Photo: Steve Richards ~Quick Country Weekends - TSM Rochester, MN - Lavender

 

LavenderLavandula angustifolia – Even though lavender is a smell often enjoyed by humans, lavender repels mosquitoes because mosquitoes dislike the scent lavender gives off. It can be planted in gardens or made into oil and applied to the skin or mixed with other oils to keep mosquitoes away. [READ MORE]

Photo: Steve Richards ~Quick Country Weekends - TSM Rochester, MN - Rosemary

RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis – can be planted in your garden or on in containers on your deck in order to control mosquito infestation. It can also be mixed into various formulas and lotions to act as a mosquito repellent for the body. [LEARN MORE]