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Five Plants that Repel Mosquitoes

Elizabeth Gay

Mosquitoes are one of the few nuisances of summertime. This small creature can ruin a beautiful day outdoors. Mosquitoes are attracted to humans because of their ability to smell. When they smell the carbon monoxide that we produce, they bite. To prevent this from happening, grow the following plants in your garden in order to keep these pests away!

Here are our five favorite plants to grow in your garden that pair well with our products:

 

 

Marigolds

This easy-to-grow flower will be a colorful addition to your garden! Their scent not only repels mosquitoes, but also rabbits (keep your garden safe). It can also be used as a border plant to help other plants grow. Make sure they get plenty of sun!

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Horsemint

Horsemint, commonly known as Bee Balm, is very similar to Citronella in that its scent masks human smell. Bees and butterflies are attracted to this plant (hence the name), so your garden will always be pollinated and lively. Bonus if you live on the coast as it can grow in salty living conditions! 


Rosemary 

Not only will your garden look and smell amazing with this herb, but your food will taste delicious as well! Make sure to pick up Murphy’s Mosquito Repellent Balm that uses rosemary as a main ingredient to fight off mosquitoes!  Also, use it when you cook or place it in a cocktail as a garnish.

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Basil

All types of basil work as a mosquito repellent. Like rosemary, it can be used in your food or drinks too. Try to grow this herb in pots, so that you can keep it in areas where you enjoy relaxing outside.

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Lavender 

The smell of fresh lavender will certainly keep mosquitoes away because they hate the smell. You can also use this plant to make your own lavender oil! Another added bonus: it is strong plant and can withstand droughts.

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Savvy gardeners, have any recommendations that we missed? Comment below!

Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, says C.D.C.

Hart Roberts

Did you read The New York Times report this week? The C.D.C. finds tick and mosquitos infections are spreading rapidly in the United States.

"The number of people getting diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years, federal health officials reported on Tuesday. Since 2004, at least nine such diseases have been discovered or newly introduced here."

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2017 Bug Barometer

Hart Roberts

Irregular Winter Patterns Increase Spring & Summer Pest Pressure

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recently released its annual Bug Barometer -- a guide for 2017's buggy Spring and Summer forecast, coast-to-coast. Due to an exceptionally milder winter temperatures across the county + heavy precipitation, Americans can expect those pesky pests to be out in full force this spring and summer. 

“With growing concern over infectious diseases spread by pests such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, Lyme disease and more, diligent prevention and awareness is especially necessary given the high pest populations that are projected for the warmer seasons ahead," said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist and vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for the NPMA.

To develop the Bug Barometer, the NPMA’s staff entomologists combine pests’ biological behaviors with careful examination of previous weather conditions and forecasted weather patterns to predict how pest pressure will be impacted across the country.

Why Murphy’s Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Repellent?

Kelsey Sanders

Adios Mosquitoes

As summertime approaches, you might be asking yourself: "which mosquito repellents really work best?" From sticks to sprays, everybody has his or her own bug repellent remedy. At Murphy's Naturals, our motto has always been centered around helping people Enjoy Life Outdoors, that's why we wanted to shed some light on the benefits of our Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Insect Repellent Spray before you head out on your next adventure.

  1. CDC Approved - This is big. All-natural oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is the only plant-based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  2. DEET Free - For decades people used DEET until high toxicity concerns and health hazards began to surface. Sometimes you just don't need the power and toxicity of DEET -- you need something clean, powerful and refreshing. Also, ingredients in DEET can eat away at your gear...not ideal for Enjoying Life Outdoors!
  3. Refreshing Smell - How many times have you put on normal bug spray and wish you hadn't? Lemon Eucalyptus Oil has a fresh scent that goes on cool and doesn't leave you stinky in your tent for the rest of the night. We'd use it as a car air refresher if could. (Hmm, another product idea?!)
  4. Non-Greasy - This is #1 in our hearts. If you're in a tent, around a camp fire or grilling in your backyard, the last thing you want is to feel greasy when you spray on some bug repellent. Instead, you want to feel refreshed, clean and protected. Murphy's Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil sprays on dry and helps fight off those pesky pests so you can keep on enjoying life outdoors.
  5. Long-Lasting - Lemon Eucalyptus Oil sticks by your side through thick and thin. It's long-lasting with just a single application.
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Outdoor Mosquito Protection

Hart Roberts

Remember the 3 D's of Mosquito Protection

Want to help protect yourself and your guests from those pesky mosquito bites? Draining nearby mosquito habitats, dressing appropriately, applying the right insect repellent and defending your yard are all protective actions you can take to beat the bugs this upcoming summer.

1. Drain

Since mosquitoes require water to breed, removing standing water around your house is a must-do.

  • Clear roof gutters of water and debris.
  • Dispose of any tires or larger objects that might collect rain.
  • Clean pet bowls and bird baths reguarly.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of your recycling containers and trash cans to improve drying time.
  • If it can collect water, it can potentially breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes -- Drain or dispose bottles, overturned buckets, plant pots, trash can lids, tarps, etc. 

2. Dress

If you know you're going to be outside on a buggy evening, be sure to dress appropriately. Long-sleeved, loose fitting, light colored clothing will help eliminate the potential bug biting threat. A non-greasy Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, the only plant-based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can be applied to clothing for extra protection without harming gear.

3. Defend

Choosing the right mosquito repellent for your body and yard is the final step in defending your family and friends from those unwanted pest guests. Start with a non-sticky insect repellent spray that has a refreshing scent -- you don't want to feel uncomfortable or smell funny. If you're having a BBQ or enjoying dinner in the backyard, use mosquito candles and mosquito sticks so you can fortify your area and get back to what really matters...enjoying life outdoors!

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