6 Natural Mosquito Repellents

Looking for a more natural and safer alternative to chemicals and costly bug sprays?  Well we have put together a list of SIX natural mosquito repellents and how to use them!  Most of these can be found in your own garden or here at Jamestown Feed & Seed.  read the full list below and try some natural neutralizers today!

  1. Marigolds:
    A bright, hardy annual plant, marigolds are a great choice for repelling mosquitoes. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents, and they have a unique aroma which bugs find repulsive. The flowers themselves are beautiful and can make a great border or addition to any flower bed! Try placing them around borders of your home, and mosquitoes might not want to cross over!Top Tip: Companion plant marigolds with tomatoes. The insects hate them so much they’ll stay away from your beloved tomatoes.

  2. Garlic:
    One effective natural repellent that deserves to be tried is garlic. Depending on how much you enjoy garlic, you can take a garlic supplement (no-odor varieties are available), eat lots of foods with garlic (I’m thinking of a big loaf of fresh garlic bread along with a spaghetti dinner – including sauce made with basil and garlic). You can even rub a cut clove of garlic over your exposed skin; you should be able to ward off both mosquitoes and Dracula.

  3. Geraniums:
    This beautiful flowering plant is a great choice for mosquito repellent. When planted in a hanging container, the colorful blooms will cascade over the side of the pot, providing a beautiful visual piece as well as a very useful bug repellent!

  4. Rosemary Oil/Plants:
    The rosemary plant (Rosemaryinus officinalis) is effective in several forms on its own as a mosquito repellent. As a plant, it is hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 9. Known for its flavor, it's also used for many culinary purposes. It flowers, has flavor and repels mosquitoes: what's not to love? It's suitable for growth in a garden bed or in a container if you wish to bring it indoors, and it enjoys full sun. For repellent purposes, the live plant, cuttings from the plant and rosemary essential oil are all effective at repelling mosquitoes.
    Rosemary Repellent Recipe:
    Cut the leaves and stems of catmint and rosemary, then place in a container and cover with a cup of boiling water. Steep for an hour, cool and use the herbal tea as a repellent spray.

  5. Tasha's Own Summer Solstice Soap (Sold here at Jamestown Feed & Seed)
    A natural blend of herbs and oils combine to create a safe and cleansing insect repellent.  Just wash and go! Click here to see our full selection of Tasha's Own Goat's Milk Soap


  6. Peppermint Oil/Plants:
    Most bugs despise the smell and taste of peppermint, so planting it around your home is a great way to keep them from dropping by uninvited! Plus, if you do happen to get bitten, peppermint leaves rubbed directly onto the skin make a great bite relief treatment! An added bonus is the wonderful minty smell that makes a delicious addition to food and beverages!

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