“Several gardeners assured me that planting marigolds, scented geraniums (rub the leaves on your skin too), rosemary, catnip, peppermint, spearmint, daisies, verbena, spike lavender (not the sweet French variety), basil, thyme, garlic, allspice, cedar, and lemon grass around the yard naturally repels insects. Decorating with eucalyptus is also rumored to be helpful. You can make your own insect-repelling sachets by drying the flowers and leaves from the above plants and placing them into small, hand-sewn cotton bags.”
It is also important to reduce their breeding grounds of stagnant water. Read on for some of her tips:
clipped from thesimplemom.wordpress.com
mosquito repellent recipie-
well tested in the sticky south and guaranteed! safe for little kids, too.
12 oz. witch hazel ( eucalyptus if possible)plus essential oils:
20 drops tea tree
15 drops citronella
10 drops lavender
10 drops marigold (tagetes)
5 drops lemon or lemongrass
i water the bonsai early AM and dusk…i always cover my skin
before i go out. some kind of
tiny mosquito down here breeds in
mud! they are very fast movers,too.