Summer Mosquito Invasion: How you can protect yourself
THIS SUMMER LOOKS SET TO UNLEASH RECORD NUMBERS OF MOSQUITOES IN SYDNEY - AND WE ARE BEING WARNED TO PROTECT OURSELVES, TO PREVENT BEING INFECTED WITH ROSS RIVER FEVER. MOSMAN COLLECTIVE GARDENING EXPERT MR. HUSQVARNA HAS SOME HELPFUL TIPS ON AVOIDING NASTY, ITCHY MOZZIE BITES - THANKS TO SOME COMMON PLANTS FOUND IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD!
By SCOTT DOOLEY
The great Aussie barbecue. There's nothing quite like it, is there?
A warm, summers day out in the backyard, with a few cold cans and some snags on the grill is my idea of Heaven.
But there are a couple of downsides.
The first one, is the bloody flies.
The second one, is the bloody mozzies!
Lucky for you, Mr. H is here to help - and believe it or not, it IS possible to keep your yard relatively mosquito free, with some everyday plants and herbs, which can also be used in salads and weekend drinks (hello mojito!)
Here are my Top 10 mozzie deterrents, that you can either plant in a garden bed, or pop in some pots close to your outdoor living area. I promise they'll do wonders in keeping the pesky little buggers away!
Let me know how you go! Comments are open ... so get involved!
MR. HUSQVARNA'S TOP 10 MOZZIE REPELLERS
Good old mint is not a friend to insects. They absolutely hate the stuff!
A powerful natural insect repeller. Known to also have the same effect on your Missus!
Do you know you can crush or burn basil leaves to ward off garden insects at your backyard gathering? The fresh stuff is also good on pasta ... just sayin'.
The unpleasant smell of the marigold is a ripper when it comes to putting off mozzies.
5. Bay leaves
Not only will these little babies repel mozzies, but they'll also put off flies, moths, mice and cockroaches!
Without a doubt one of our most popular summer insect repellents.
Along with the candles, try growing some citronella plants in the garden!
The sweet and spicy fragrance is said to keep the garden bugs away in Summer. And this stuff is also great in a Thai curry!
Did you know the essential oil in catnip (that gives it the strong odour) is about 10 times more effective in repelling mozzies than DEET? (the compound used in chemical sprays) - How's that for a bit of free advice?!
Lavender is good for heaps of things. You can pop some in your undie drawer to make your dacks smell nice, you can use it to aid sleep, or to remind you of your Grandma ... or as a mosquito repeller! They hate the stuff (and I'm not mad on it either!)
If you're gathering around the barbie, or a fire - try burning some sage (or rosemary). The incense these plants give off smells great to us, but its totally unpleasant to most species of insects!