What do Marigolds & Herbs have to do with mist cooling? Nothing, absolutely nothing! But what mist cooling, marigolds & herbs have in common is all about outdoor living. Now you might be asking yourself, has this girl has lost her mind? Well maybe, but, after a little research and experimenting, I’ve found a great little secret that I wanted to share with my faithful readers. This blog is always about mist cooling, but in subtle ways, I’ve always tried to tie it together with outdoor living as that is what got me into the misting business to begin with.
As you all know from past articles the know benefits of reducing flying bugs by turning on your misting system. As a quick reminder the annoying little pests don’t like to get they’re precious little wings wet so they avoid the area all together. But what about those times when it’s early in the morning or late in the evening when you don’t have your mist system running? How do you keep the bugs away? Well, this is where the marigolds & herbs come in.
After a bit of researching the net, I’ve found that most flying bugs, mosquitoes, gnats, noseeums & the kind do not like the scent that marigolds put out. After reading this, I headed to my local nursery and purchased 8 marigold plants, putting 2 in each container I have on my patio. I have used this marigold method for 6 months now & I can say without a doubt that there is a definite decline with all those little pests I mentioned earlier. This is not a fool proof method, but, I will say that it is 96-98% effective! That’s saying a lot for some pretty little plants. The only problem is it doesn’t deter black flies, hence the herbs.
After more searching the net, I tried a few different things from the fly bags that you hang from a fence post that you add water to that activates the chemical that smells to the high heavens to the fly strips which are just plain ugly and gross to the water in a zip lock baggie trick. Now I can say that the water in baggie idea does work to an extent, but, it seemed as I had to hang a bunch of baggies which was taking away from the look of my patio area. After more searching the net, I found that certain herbs work very well against black flies & there related family members.
To be specific, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Mint & Thai Lemongrass have seemed to have done the trick. As you can see in the picture at the top of this article, I placed all the herbs in 1 pot and keep them close to the marigold pot(I need to paint my pots now that I know this works!) which is keeping 96-98% of all annoying pests off of my patio letting me & my family enjoy our outdoor area at anytime of the day.
The added benefits of this method are plenty. First, I now have attractive plants placed around my patio bringing in great color and a nice natural feel to the area. Second, I now have herbs fresh & ready at hand. My husband particularly likes the mint when it’s Mojito time! The Lemongrass is great when we’re doing an Asian dish & I don’t even need to explain about having fresh Rosemary on hand. Third, I’m keeping the bugs away without putting any kind of harmful chemicals in the area and fourth, and finally, what this whole thing is about, keeping the bugs away!
So for a few bucks you too can liven up you outdoor space by adding some inexpensive plants & keep the bugs away. I hope that everyone finds this article to be helpful. I can tell you that living in South Florida where the bugs are plentiful, this really does work. Until the next time and as always….
FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT MIST SPECIALTIES INC.