Everyone hates mosquitoes. Trying to eliminate them from your yard can sometimes be just as infuriating. All of the chemicals in the sprays and yard bombs can wreak havoc on your eyes and noses. We've found some au natural methods to reduce the amount of skeeter bites you get this summer.

1. Basil

This is one of my personal favorite herbs to grow. It's super versatile. A fresh caprese salad is a staple for dinner at my house. In regards to bug repellent, Basil works for flies as well. it really flourishes in areas with full sun. Either plant in the ground or in decorative pots so you can move them to wherever you are enjoying your backyard.

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2. Catnip

If you have a cat this is a no brainer. They'll love it and so will you! Spread it throughout your flower beds and watch the purple and white flowers bloom from late spring through the fall. Catnip is a perennial that is drought resistant which means you plant it once and don't have to worry about it for many seasons to come.

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3. Citronella Grass

This seems like a no brainer. Instead of spending money every year on replacing the citronella candles you buy every year just plant the source. Citronella is also a perennial so you only have to plant it once. It would be best to plant within plant beds because direct contact with the concentrated oils can irritate your skin.

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4. Mint

Mint is another edible herb that helps keep the mosquitoes at bay. This plant can become invasive. So if you aren't a highly skilled gardener it would be best to keep it in planters unless you want you entire herb garden to be mint. If you're as big a fan of mojitos as I am maybe that's not a bad thing.

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5. Lemon Balm

Being a related to mint meants that this plant also reseeds itself every year. It would also be a good idea to keep this one in a separate planter. Lemon Balm also helps with many chronic illness. It aids in nervousness, promotes better sleep, and helps digestion. It has a strong lemon scent which would make it a nice addition to your kitchen window.

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6. Lemon Thyme

The trend here seems to be lemon. Lemon Thyme is another edible herb. I like to use it in place of regular Thyme. It thrives in a sunny and dry environment, making it perfect for a walkway. Since its blossoms attract bees so if you have small children or family member who are allergic might be best to steer clear.

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7. Lavender

This might be the most picturesque of the 7 examples we are talking about today. The relaxing scent will have you thinking you are in a meadow in France. Cut some off of the plants and hang dry in your kitchen and your home will be bug proof inside and out. If you are looking for a more advanced project pick up some lavender and citronella essential oils and some beeswax and make your own bug repellent candles. plants protect mosquitoes