We are quite the threesome each year – me being the one covered in bites. And I’ve tried everything, in the hopes of avoiding both DEET and itchy uncomfortable bites. Candles, “natural” repellents, you name it.
So you could imagine my reaction when I saw these at the nursery:
They were literally labelled “Mosquito Plants”. And I scooped up a few without thinking twice.
They are actually scented geraniums, whose lemony fragrance closely mimics that of citronella. The nursery owner told me to take a few leaves and rub them on my skin to release the oils.
I figured I had nothing to lose, and the other night I gave it a try. I rubbed the leaves on my forearms, but not my legs. And whaddya know – NO bites on my arms and several on my legs and feet!
Now thoroughly intrigued, I did a little research on-line and discovered several plants that are reputed to have insect-repellent properties (a few I even have in my own gardens!).
Have you tried this? Do you have any sure-fire methods for keeping pesky bugs at bay? Let’s share!
Note: You’ll want to do a “test” on a small patch of skin, to make sure to avoid any potential allergic reaction.