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Plants To Plant On Your West Chester Property To Repel Mosquitoes

Repel Mosquitoes With Plants

Nothing ruins outdoor fun like a swarm of mosquitoes, and there is no shortage of them here in West Chester. Whether you are facing house mosquitoes, yellow fever mosquitoes, or Asian tiger mosquitoes, you risk a major annoyance along with the spread of diseases like Zika virus, dengue, and West Nile virus. A lot of methods for controlling mosquitoes, such as using bug spray, lighting candles, or running fans, are temporary measures with no lasting effect. One way to create lasting mosquito deterrents is with careful planting. The following five plants provide ways to discourage mosquitoes on an ongoing basis. 

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Plant #1: Lemongrass

Often used as an appealing scent in homes and in beauty products, lemongrass’s distinctive, fresh scent is unappealing to mosquitoes. It’s actually the most widely used natural mosquito repellent in candles, sprays, and lotions. This plant both smells and looks appealing and can be planted outdoors or in indoor containers. 

Plant #2: Eucalyptus Trees

These trees are also attractive and repel mosquitoes as well as other pests like ticks and sand flies. The CDC has even approved eucalyptus oil as an effective ingredient for use in mosquito repellents. Plus, their blue-green foliage provides attractive year-round color for yards, and these plants also do well with container planting. 

Plant #3: Lavender

Perfect for multitasking, lavender is a decorative plant that provides a pop of color while keeping mosquitoes away. The desired fragrance of lavender is appealing to people but deters mosquitoes as well as rabbits, squirrels, deer, and even fleas. Planting it can help minimize your risk of bites as well as protect other garden plants from foraging wildlife. This purple accent shrub grows one to three feet tall and one to three feet wide and is low maintenance as it does not require pruning.

Plant #4: Citronella

You’ve heard of the candles and torches, but did you know that you can simply plant citronella as a small shrub in your yard? Doing this provides a similar effect without the drawbacks or expense of more temporary methods. These shrubs grow quickly to one to two feet tall and have a high tolerance to the cold. Their natural citrus fragrance repels mosquitoes and earns them the nickname of "mosquito plants."

Plant #5: Garlic

Many of these plants are considered decorative, but you can also deter mosquitoes using your vegetable patch. One of the oldest remedies for repelling unwanted things, garlic can be an effective deterrent for mosquitoes. Garlic in your garden may not seem to have a strong scent for people walking by; mosquitoes can’t stand the strong aroma. Adding garlic to your vegetable patch can be a low-maintenance way to reduce mosquito populations.

Plants As Pest Control

Careful planning can help prevent large populations of mosquitoes. However, as with other DIY approaches, it is often not enough to provide complete protection or elimination of existing populations. It is also important to reduce factors that attract mosquitoes to your property, such as sources of standing water and overgrown areas.

Mosquitoes can take hold of local properties with very few resources and become almost impossible to root out. That’s where professional pest control comes in. At Moyer Pest Control, we protect families from the threats mosquitoes prevent with our expert mosquito treatments.

Master Mosquito Control With Moyer Pest Control

The best mosquito elimination and prevention comes from trained technicians with professional-grade products. At Moyer Pest Control, our treatments greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property, reducing the risk of illness for you and your family as well as eliminating the annoyance factor. We offer both seasonal and one-time treatments to minimize mosquito populations as well as ticks.

Our seasonal plan includes six monthly treatments of outdoor areas from May to October. We treat foliage, vegetation areas, buildings, porches, eaves, patios, and other areas mosquitoes may rest as well as breeding sites where mosquito eggs and larvae are hiding. Pricing is based on the size of your property and other factors, so call today to receive your free quote.

If you are looking for one-time mosquito treatments, look no further than Moyer Pest Control. Ensure your special event stays mosquito-free with help from professionals. Call today to get your free quote and schedule your service.

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