Every human and every pet love summertime as they get to bond more outside their homes.
But it is not always safe to be outdoor, specially since there are mosquitoes that are dengue-carriers which can be fatal to humans and there are mosquitoes that carry heartworm larvae that can lead to a dog’s death if left undetected and not removed or killed.
Gardens and outdoors can be safe if you put plants that repel mosquitoes.
Brandy Arnold, in “6 Dog-Safe Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes (& Other Pests!)” in the Dogington post website, identified plants that dog owners can plant in one’s garden or in pots which can be placed in the patio, terrace or balcony, or inside the house.
1. Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Cats love catnip. But mosquitoes hate it.
“Some studies have actually shown catnip to be several times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET, a potentially dangerous chemical used in many bug repellents. Catnip is easy to grow and can be planted in pots strategically placed around the yard and seating areas to keep bugs at bay. Just remember, while you’re repelling mosquitoes, you might be attracting the neighborhood cats, “ Arnold said.
2. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender’s smell or aroma brings balance to the body, aromatherapy experts said.
Aside from being a beautiful, colorful, and fragrant addition to your garden, mosquitoes also hate the calming, fresh scent of lavender.
“Lavender can be planted in your garden, right in the ground, or grown in pots on your deck, porch, or windowsill, both indoors and out for a splash of color, a fresh, calming fragrance, and to keep those tiny vampires away from you and your pets,” Arnold said.
3.Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
This hardy herb is easy to grow. It is also a tasty addition to a lot of recipes.
The best news is: Mosquitoes detest basil!
“Unlike most other insect-repelling herbs, basil doesn’t have to be crushed or ground in order to release the scent and oils that keep mosquitoes at bay. There are a wide variety of basil plants, all of which provide some relief from the flying pests, but lemon basil and cinnamon basil are the most effective. Bonus: Basil plants naturally repel house flies, too!” Arnold said.
4. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Balm or horsemint is also easy to plant and repels mosquitoes.
“Thriving well in both sunny spots or in the shade, this plant gives off a strong scent similar to citronella that mosquitoes despise. Grow it in a pot and place in the center of your patio table, beside entryways, or around the yard to keep the area clear of mosquitoes. And, best of all, while mosquitoes can’t stand Lemon balm, bees and butterflies don’t mind it at all!” Arnold said.
5. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
The strong, minty aroma of peppermint makes many insects, including mosquitoes, steer clear of peppermint plants.
“However, because these plants tend to grow aggressively, you may prefer planting them in pots and strategically placing them around sitting areas, on windowsills, and near entryways, rather than planting in the ground. Plus, while they’re non-toxic to dogs, many enjoy the taste and smell and will nibble or roll around in them, killing the plant. Bonus: Use the leaves to add flavor to teas and other delicious minty recipes!” Arnold said.
6. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Another plant that is pet-safe and very useful in the kitchen is rosemary. It is good for dogs too. Rosemary can be put in a dog’s food for a shiny, thick coat
“Unpleasant to both mosquitoes and other flying insects, rosemary is quite versatile. Plant in pots, protect your herb garden from insects, or use around the perimeter of your yard to keep insects away while at the same time attracting butterflies,” Arnold said.
Plants to avoid:
Arnold warns against putting plants that are toxic to dogs and cats. Do some research before adding plants to your garden.
If you have toxic plants in the garden, do not leave your dog unsupervised.
“Citronella, while highly effective against mosquitoes, is deadly to dogs, as are Geraniums, certain varieties of Marigolds, and Garlic plants,” Arnold said. DC