Mint plants are one of many aromatic herbs that have been used for centuries and have been passed down for generations. Although, the plants main uses are for culinary and medical purposes, the mint plants are also known to have a strong insect repelling quality.
Growing your own mint will save you, even more, money. However, be aware that mind is an invasive plant and can take over an area very quickly. Plant mint in a large coffee can with bottom cut out to keep from taking over your garden.
How to begin?
Begin by placing mint leaves in several sachet bags. Place these around your house, especially where flies are particularly problematic. Break the mint leaves when placing them in a bag to release some of the natural oils and scent that keeps bugs away.
In places where ant are a problem, crush some dried mint leaves and sprinkle them around. You can also use mint tea bags if you don’t have fresh mint.
Create a homemade insect repellant using a ratio of five parts rubbing alcohol to one part peppermint oil. Spray this mixture on your body before going outdoors!
Alternatively, you can cut fresh leaves, peppermint leaves and citrus peels to make a deterrent. Place the pieces in a small pan covered with water and bring to a boil. Allow the mixture to sit overnight, and then in the morning, strain the liquid. Mix the mint-scented water with an equal part rubbing alcohol and put in a spray bottle to use as an insect repellant.
Plant different varieties of mint in your yard or garden to keep mosquitoes away. Use bubblegum mint, hummingbird mint, and giant hummingbird mint plants in your landscaping as a natural repellant. When enjoying your yard or when mosquito problems are particularly bad, crush a few of the leaves on the plant to release the scent and oils!