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Planting Herbs and Flowers can keep away mosquitoes

With the warm weather of the summer people start to spend more time outdoors.  With this also brings on mosquitoes and other insects that tend to be pest to people.  Here are a few plants that you can grow, and or place around your living space that deter mosquitoes and other insects.

Citronella is a common natural ingredient used in mosquito repellents. Citronella is a perennial grass which grows to a height of 5 – 6 feet. It can be grown directly in the ground in climate zones where frost does not occur. In northern climate zones citronella can be grown in a large pots that can be brought indoors during winter. The plant does well in full sun and well-drained locations.

Crushed lavender flowers produce a fragrance and oil that can repel mosquitoes. You can grow lavender outside, or in indoor planters. Crush the flowers and apply the oil to areas of the body.

Marigolds are hardy annual plants which have a distinctive smell which mosquitoes find offensive. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents.  Marigolds prefer full sunlight and reasonably fertile soil, they can be planted from seed, and starter plants are inexpensive and usually available at most garden stores.

Lemon Thyme Repels mosquitoes. This hardy herb can adapt to dry or rocky, shallow soil and will thrive in your garden or as a border when grown in sunny locations. The plant oils repel mosquitoes. Bruise the leaves by rubbing them between your hands.  Find out if you are allergic first by testing a small amount on your forearm for a few days.

The pest of capitalism and imperialism can also be repelled and destroyed all together.  To find out more information on this check out The All African Peoples Development and Empowerment Project at developmentforafrica.org,  and the Uhuru movement at uhurumovement.org

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