INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — If you can’t seem to escape mosquitoes this summer, you’re not alone. There are ways to go beyond the repellents and sprays to keep the bugs away.
A lot of people usually run to the store and stock up on products that contain deet to keep mosquitoes away. But you really don’t have to do that — certain types of herbs and plants can do the job too.
“I never use any chemicals. I usually use natural products,” said Norma Mendoza.
Mendoza said she’s been attacked by mosquitoes so much she created her own remedy to fight back. Her product of choice: green tea and eucalyptus.
Rick Habig of Habig’s Garden Shops agrees with the all natural way to keep the mosquitoes away. He said scented geraniums or a lemon grass plant will also do the job.
“All you’ve got to do is stir it up a little bit. It puts off, it activates the aroma to ward off mosquitoes,” Habig said. “One plant is not going to solve the problem, but it does definitely help.”
Many people buy citronella candles to keep the pest away, but did you know sprigs of sage and rosemary can also do the trick? Habig said toss the two herbs together over hot coals and the pests will go away.
“When you burn that, that emits an odor to keep mosquitoes away from your patio,” he said.
There are other herbs too you can use, and Habig said you can also put them over a fire.
One of them in particular — lavender. He said lavender, just like rosemary and sage, releases an oil that mosquitoes don’t like.
“Each one of these plants has certain levels of repellent to them,” he said.
But if your backyard plans don’t include an open fire, don’t worry — thyme is on your side.
“If you have it out there, a lot of times you can walk on thyme and that stirs it up,” said Habig. “There are sprays out there, but why not go natural if you can.”
If you don’t have the green thumb, there is something else that might help. There’s an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. It’s called Mosquitoes Buster and it uses sound frequencies nearly inaudible to us, but that mosquitoes can hear.