Perfecting Pest Control

If you don't like pests setting up shop in your home, you might be interested in hiring a professional exterminator to help you with your problems. However, unless you understand the tools that they are working with, you might find yourself wondering what else you can do to curb issues. For example, if you don't mention that mosquito problem, your exterminator might not know to treat that water feature with a pesticide that targets larvae. My site explains different ways you can prepare for your professional pest control treatment, so that you aren't left with issues later down the road.

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes


Mosquitoes are one of the most common pests that will take up residence in your yard, and can leave painful bites and carry diseases which make them a more unwelcome guest than most other insects. Thankfully, you don't need to hire an exterminator or use powerful chemicals to cut down on their population in your garden, since there are several plants that give off a powerful scent that will keep mosquitoes out of your yard and away from your family.


Citronella is one of the most common substances used in mosquito repellents that are sold in stores. Citronella has a strong scent, though humans won't find it unpleasant. The main advantage of citronella is that it grows rather easily, and it can weather winter frosts well, which means that it is ideal for temperate climates. The one downside of citronella as a mosquito repellent plant is that they tend to stay low to the ground, which means that you'll have to use planters to hang them up high and keep mosquitoes out of the air.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is another good plant that gives off a nice smell that mosquitoes will hate. Unlike citronella, it grows rather high, making lemon balm ideal for installation around the edges of your yard to create an anti-mosquito hedge. However, be sure to only keep lemon balm in planters or pots instead of putting it directly into your flower beds or garden. It will grow like a weed and quickly strangle other plants in your garden, which would discourage any mosquitoes from getting near your garden again but would leave your yard looking rather plain.


Lavender is a common scent in soaps and shampoos, but it also acts a natural insect repellent. Lavender is distinct from other types of plants in this list in that it actually flowers, which means that this mosquito repelling plant can be a part of your garden's aesthetic appeal and incorporated into the landscape design. However, the downside of lavender is that it does not handle humid climates or climates with heavy rainfall well, and is susceptible to stunted growth or even rotting roots if exposed to an excessive amount of water.


Basil is a great mosquito repellent plant for extremely hot climates. Basil will be able to weather the humidity and year-round summer temperatures with ease, but does not do well with frost or temperature fluctuations. Basil also comes with the benefit of being a commonly used spice in cooking, with different variants and breeds giving different flavors, which means that you can keep pests out of your garden while at the same time growing fresh ingredients for your kitchen. 

For more information, talk to a company like American Pest Control Inc.


2 August 2017