If you get my weekly newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s situation regarding the need for ways to keep the bugs away during summer outdoor potlucks. (if you don’t get my newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner of the blog). Here are a few thoughts I had regarding her request for keeping mosquitoes at bay. Molly
Mosquitoes sure are pesky, aren’t they? If you’re going to be hosting the outdoor potlucks my first thought is what types of plants you have in your flower beds. Did you know there’s a handful of perennials that naturally repel mosquitoes? Even if you plant them near your seating area this year, they will come back and grow larger every year (and help to repel bugs for years to come). Before planting, be sure to check out what zone each grows best in and details on size and sun requirements.
- Lemon balm
Of course you can choose to light citronella candles or light tiki-type torches with citronella scented oil. Using a screened in porch for eating (if you have one) would help your guests to enjoy a bug-free meal. If you are in a location that permits campfires, the smoke given off by the fire will help to deter mosquitoes from your immediate perimeter. Another bonus to a campfire is the ambiance and opportunity to make s’mores!
Mosquitoes love standing water so planning your party after a heavy rain storm might not be the best choice. Waiting until things dry up will hopefully help decrease the insect population. I hope your potlucks go smoothly and great memories are made!
Love ya, Molly