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Marigolds – a Mosquito Repellent?

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Marigolds - a Mosquito Repellent?

UPDATED:  7/10/17

I love spending time in my garden outdoors.  If you are a flower that blooms with vibrant color, then I am probably one of your most amorous admirers.  I am; however, a hater of species that attempt to eat my skin, or drink from my blood supply.

I was reading that Marigolds tend to repel mosquitoes.  I don’t know if this is true, but I thought I would test the theory out.  Apparently, or so the assumption goes … is that the smell of Marigolds is so pungent that the pesky critters find it offensive.  I don’t mind the smell of the bright clusters and already use them near and in my food garden.  They do help keep the bad bugs away, so I am intrigued to see if they really help with the mosquito population.

This week I will be placing marigold plants in my outdoor patio space, along with some scented Marigold Candles … and we will soon find out if this theory works.  Every night around dusk, the mosquitoes fly in and try and take a nibble out of either my husband or I, or our two dogs.  These annoying pests are very easy to notice around this time of the day, and so it should be relatively easy to see if this experiment is a success.  I will update this post in about two weeks!  (7/24/17)

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