Q: What plants act as natural mosquito repellants?

get rid of mosquitos in backyardA:  Garlic-based oil is effective in killing mosquito larva in ponds as will derris root or tuba.

Myristicin, a compound found in parsnips, is also effective as a selective insecticide against mosquito larva as is BT (bacillus thuringiensis).  The leaves of molasses grass and sassafras are mosquito repellants.

American pennyroyal, sometimes called squaw mint is a natural insect repellant. (A handful crushed and rubbed onto skin emits a pleasant smell and repels mosquitoes). American pennyroyal is a native American plant not to be confused with the European pennyroyal.
 Seeds of both Shepherd’s Purse and Lepidum flavum trap mosquito larvae with a natural glue which forms a coating when the seed is immersed in water.  During feeding the larvae come in contact with the seed, are stuck fast by their mouth-brushes and die.  Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Citronella – lemon scented geraniums will repel mosquitoes too.

Mosquito Less – a natural mosquito repellent containing garlic juice, citric acid and potassium sorbate is a strong liguid garlic concentrate that dilutes in water and is sprayed on turf, garden plants and ornamentals to keep mosquito’s off.  It contains considerable amounts of natural sulfurs which appears to be responsible for its repellent activity. A mosquito’s sense of smell is about 10,000 times better than humans and they detect humans by the CO2 we give off.  Mosquito Less masks carbon dioxide odor.

Call Harmony Gardens Landscaping Inc. at 613-838-4066 to apply Mosquito Less natural repellent for you.