Mosquitos buggin' you? PLANT THESE IN YOUR GARDEN!

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Mosquitoes can be much more than a nuisance. In addition to their annoying swarming and their painful bites, mosquitoes can also carry dangerous diseases, including West Nile virus, yellow fever and other life-threatening illnesses. Therefore it is important to take steps to avoid mosquitoes, so you can properly enjoy your time outdoors. Some people might say to avoid going outside when mosquitoes are most active. But that isn't much fun, especially when the weather is nice out. There are a staggering 176 species of mosquitos in the United States, and different species have different activity levels along with different habits. Some mosquito species are more active during the day, while there are others who are more active at night, dusk or dawn. But for most species of mosquitos in the United States, their activity peaks during the dusk hours. Which you will notice when you step outside during the evenings, especially in wooded, shady areas near standing water or bogs, so you will want to have extra protection on hand to protect yourself from insect bites. The good news is that there are natural DIY ideas to keep mosquitos away. One popular idea is to start growing herbs, and starting a garden with certain herbs and plants. You will want to take a look at the site for the full list of DIY ideas to keep mosquitos away. The following are just some of the DIY ideas you might try.

Growing herbs and starting a garden is one of the best things you can do to keep mosquitos away. Lavender is just one of the things you might consider growing to keep your yard free of mosquitos. It may seem hard to believe since the scent of lavender is so heavenly to humans, but mosquitoes can't stand the smell of this lovely smelling herb. Keep bugs at bay by planting the lavandin variety of lavender, which has a high concentration of camphor. Another bonus to growing herbs and starting a garden of lavender is that it also keeps moths and flies away. That is because a lavender plant smells a whole lot nicer than a bottle of bug spray. You want to remember that to achieve the maximum benefits of lavender, in most cases, the leaves needed to be crushed up and rubbed on your skin.

1. Lemon balm is another plant you can use when starting a garden. The strong lemon smell of this plant contains high levels of the bug-repelling compound but in a more appetizing way. You want to remember that lemon balm is an invasive species, so be careful when growing it.

2. Catnip may be loved by cats, but planting some when starting a garden will keep mosquitos away. That is because mosquitoes hate catnip. Related to mint, catnip contains a chemical called nepetalactone, that's both a feline attractant and an insect repellant.

3. Basil, is a plant that can be used for cooking and it also helps to ward away mosquitoes, or you can squeeze out its oils and make a DIY idea for a spray to take with you wherever you go.

4. Garlic can be used to help repel mosquitoes and to add some flavor to your food. This is a great choice when starting a garden as it has many uses.

5. Rosemary is great by itself and also for repelling mosquitoes. You can extract its oils and put it into lotions to help make some fresh-smelling repellent on the go. You will find these DIY ideas on the Facebook - Growing Organic, Eating Organic site. On the site, you will find all sorts of DIY ideas, growing herbs, starting garden ideas and more. **

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