Drinks on the patio, a slight breeze, and beautiful Colorado skies. What could make for a nicer evening? And what could destroy that evening faster than a squadron of mosquitos dive bombing you and your guests?
You can always apply mosquito repellent. But why use chemicals when natural alternatives are just as good? The right scent can keep mosquitoes away—and your dinner party intact.
“Mosquitos have a very keen sense of smell,” notes Mosquito Magnet, a mosquito control company. “…The carbon dioxide and many of the fragrances we emit are irresistible to these annoying pests. Mosquitos likewise find a variety of scents unappealing. These aromas can be used to keep mosquitos at bay without the use of chemicals and other harsh deterrents.”
Here are 5 scents that will keep mosquitos away, suggested the company:
Citronella. Citronella oil is common in bug sprays and candles, emitting a citrus-like scent that people—but not mosquitoes—love. The oil comes from lemongrass, which you can plant around your patio. You can also apply the oil on your skin for a natural repellent.
Basil: You know it for its wonderful taste in all kinds of food. But the essential oils in basil can also drive mosquitos away. Grow it in your yard or create a repellent spray with these oils.
Garlic: If you eat it, “garlic’s active ingredient, allicin, interferes with our natural scent and masks us from mosquitos,” reports Mosquito Magnet. But you don’t need to eat it to get results. Cut garlic cloves into slivers and scatter them around the patio to repel the pests.
Lavender: While we are drawn to the scent of lavender, mosquitos desperately avoid it. Plant it in your garden, or use lavender oils to make a body spray or to apply directly to your skin.
Rosemary: Like basil, rosemary is wonderful to use for seasoning food. It is also a mosquito repellent. “When barbecuing, place a few sprigs of rosemary on the grill to keep mosquitoes away as the scent wafts through the yard,” suggests the company.