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anti mosquito plantsAnyone with a nice backyard, patio or deck will surely enjoy sitting outside on a warm summer's day or evening. But if there is one thing that can blight it for you, it is mosquitoes.

Occasionally, it just takes one of two determined mosquitoes to make your blood boil. Mosquitoes are a nuisance for sure, but they can also be a health hazard, spreading dengue fever and malaria and a number of other really nasty diseases. So how do you go about keeping mosquitoes out of your garden?

Maybe you cannot realistically hope to keep mosquitoes out of your backyard completely, but there are some anti mosquito plants you can take to deter them and hold their numbers down. Stopping them breeding in your garden is the first step to take. Mosquitoes do not have a long flying range, many of the mosquitoes that bother you in your garden will have been born in your garden.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, so make sure that there is none in your garden. They will lay eggs in water butts, dogs' bowls, water that has collected in old tyres, bottles and tins and your rubbish bins, so make sure that no water can gather anywhere. Blocked gutters are another breeding site. If you have a water feature, breed fish in it to eat the larvae.

Mosquitoes detest the smell of lemon, so you can grow citronella plants, lemon thyme, lemon grass and even a lemon tree, if the climate is correct. Otherwise you could burn citronella scented candles or oil nearby They not only keep the mosquitoes away, but the smell is very fresh and invigorating.

If they are still bothering you, you might have to rely on mosquito repellent. You could impregnate your clothing with permethrin, like the army does for jungle warfare or merely rub a DEET-based product on your skin. There are also lots of natural mosquito repellents too, such as lemon oil, citronella and eucalyptus oil.

Garlic is said to ward off mosquitoes, so you could try growing garlic nearby. It is also said to repel ticks and has proven to discourage greenfly (aphids) from roses. What could be better, particularly if you are partial to garlic as well?

You could hang up one or two of those lamps that attract insects to them and them kill them with a high voltage current. These electric insect killers are especially useful for killing mosquitoes and house flies, which can also become a nuisance when you are sitting outside.

They are inexpensive and will last for years. They give off a pleasant glow and some claim to be able to clear spaces of a quarter, a half and even a full acre of land of all flying insects by the use of the black light and pheromones.

By using some or all of the above methods of keeping mosquitoes out of your backyard, you should be able to enjoy your drink, a chat or a dozen in complete peace and freedom from flies and mosquitoes.

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