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Mosquitos are a major annoyance and, with the recent concerns about the Zika virus, fending off mosquitoes is essential. There are numerous products to choose from, but some of these could be harmful to humans and pets if they are not used correctly.

Fortunately, there are several natural and environmentally friendly home pest control solutions to also consider, including:

Citronella – This plant and its extracts have been used in candles, lotions, and other products to repel mosquitoes. You can even add the extract to cotton balls, place these in small mesh bags, and hang these around your deck and other outdoor areas. If you opt for plants, choose either the winterianus or nardus varieties. The plants look like grass and get to be about six feet tall, which makes them perfect to use as a natural border.

Peppermint – Peppermint extract and oil can be rubbed onto the skin to prevent mosquito bites and also works to alleviate itchy skin if you do get bitten.

Marigolds – This flower is easy to grow and is hardy in most climates. Not only does it help repel mosquitos, but it also helps keep other pests away.

Catnip – If you do not have cats, you can crush and grind the leaves, then mix it into a lotion or balm you can rub onto the skin. Catnip plants are also beneficial when planted outdoors. Just keep in mind, your neighbors’ cats may chew on the plants.

Rosemary – If you grill or like sitting around the fire pit in the evenings, toss some fresh rosemary onto the grill or in the fire. As it burns, the smoke from the plant acts as a natural repellant for mosquitoes.

You can even mix and match the above methods to help keep mosquitoes at bay. For professional assistance in getting mosquitoes and other pests under control, contact MightyMite Termite Services at 408-377-3761. We offer landscape treatment options to keep outdoor areas pest-free and promote a healthy outdoor environment.