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4 Dog Safe Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

You know what the warmer weather brings? More time outdoors with our four-legged companions. However, warmer weather brings the beginning of the mosquito season.

Not only are mosquitoes pesky and annoying, they can lead to a slew of complications ranging from itchy bites and hot spots, to heartworm disease, West Nile virus, and more.

Here are some safe and natural ways to repel mosquitoes from your yard that you can set up; and with a little creative landscaping help from J&S Landscaping, we’ll have you set up with your beautiful, comfortable, and mosquito free backyard oasis in no time!

  • Basil: A plant that you can benefit from double-time is basil. It naturally deters mosquitoes and is a common ingredient in most recipes. And unlike most insect repelling herbs, basil does not have to be crushed or ground in order to release the scent and oils that keep mosquitoes at bay.

  • Catnip: The feline favorite and mosquito hated, Catnip! Studies have shown that Catnip is several times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET. Easy to grow and maintain, Catnip can be kept in pots and strategically placed around the yard and seating areas to keep mosquitoes from joining your party. Just keep in mind, the neighborhood cats might try to join!

  • Lavender: Not only is this option beautiful, colorful, and very fragrant - mosquitoes despise the calming, fresh scent of lavender! It can be planted in your garden, right in the ground, or grown in pots around your deck, porch, windowsills. Note: Although Lavender does contain the noxious compound linalool, it is in low enough concentrations to consider the plant non-toxic. Your pet would need to devour a huge quantity of lavender plants for a problem to arise.

  • Lemon Balm: A hardy, easy-to-grow plant that naturally repels mosquitoes can thrive in both sunny spots or in the shade. It gives off a strong scent similar to citronella that mosquitoes despise.

Keep in mind that there are more plants that can repel against mosquitoes but these are effective against insects AND safe for dogs. Always remember when designing your garden to be mindful of plants which may be toxic to your fur-family.

Contact us at J&S Landscape Design & Nursery at (570) 889-5366 to start building the bug-free backyard oasis for you and your four legged companion!

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