Catnip: The Mosquito Repellant of the Future?

Photo by Carol Duff

Catnip: Not Just For Kitty Feel Goods

Health Editor’s Note: Perhaps we can have another way to repel mosquitos without resorting to chemicals.  Catnip is certainly easy to grow and is a plant that keeps on giving as it spreads quite proficiently.  My observation of this past wet summer, and the huge increase in mosquito activity in the yard….maybe I should be very thankful that this yard, in all areas, likes to support the little catnip plants which grow to rangy plants, which even have purplish/blue blooms later in the season. I brought some from the other house (for frequent treats for the cats) and catnip very much likes to live here.  I hate to think what this past summer would have been like without these plants which may have kept some of the plentiful mosquitos at bay….Carol

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  1. ~ not really into cat photos as a thing, but nice cat and photo, sort of calming to look at, and agree catnip is interesting alternative.

  2. There are many plant species that keep mosquitos away. There’s a long list at But I find that the easiest way to keep a large area mosquito-free on a temp basis (for an event or for visitors) is to spray grass and shrubs with a garlic spray mix and let dry. If you do this before a large outdoor event, there will be no mosquitos. The repellent should last until the next rain at least. But on a daily basis, it helps to have a large sunny yard area of grass and low flowers, with NO shrubs or trees. Mosquitos prefer shrubbery, so it’s best to keep shrubs and trees away from the house if possible.

  3. Elvin, Ha, Ha, Ha….it starts as a plant and then is harvested, dried, and processed to be placed into toys for cats or little bags that they put in with the feet scratchers. For humans catnip tea can be used for anxiety, nervousness, and indigestion and insomnia….probably it is used for more than that..

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