Yay, camp is almost open, and that means that mosquito season is upon us. Most of us know the tricks to try and cut down on bites: wear long sleeves and pants (preferably in white or khaki and of a decent weight), use bug repellent, dump water near your abode, but did you know that you can plant certain flowers and eat/avoid certain foods to help?
WHAT TO PLANT:
Lavender, Marigolds, Citronella grass, Catnip, Rosemary, Basil, Scented Geraniums, Lemon Balm, Garlic, Peppermint, Mint (think Mojitos), and Sage will all repel some of the critters. Plus these plants look and smell nice for us campers, too.
WHAT TO EAT:
Garlic, onions, apple cider vinegar, lemongrass, tomatoes, beans and lentils, chili peppers, and grapefruit may all help repel mosquitoes from your skin and personal space. So throw them all into a blender and enjoy!!! (Chase with that mojito.)
Beer, salty or sugary foods?! This means that I, the author, may have to forgo my time at the cabin this year, lest I run the risk of starving or dying of thirst.
The retention ponds are doing their jobs, which means that we will have standing water in camp. Good news: these ponds are stopping some amount of runoff and providing much needed materials to keep up the roads. Bad news: MOSQUITOES!! See you all in three-ish weeks. Hopefully we can get along with our pesky neighbors (the insects) without getting eaten alive. But just in case? I'm buying stock in DEET and Calamine!!