Use plants as natural mosquito repellents

The mosquitoes have been hungry this year, and it seems there are more than ever. The media is full of reports on West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and neighborhood spraying. Nearly 1,600 people have gotten West Nile Virus (WNV), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 66 people died; almost half from Texas.

A report from station KIAH TV in Houston, Texas, suggested plants be used as natural insect repellents as our grandparents did.  [more]

To read a report on WNV and EEE cases in RI, click here.


About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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One Response to Use plants as natural mosquito repellents

  1. Albert Motz says:

    If there’s anyone that should know about mosquitoes, it’s the folks in Houston. Growing up around the Texas Hill Country, I learned that the berries on cedar trees repelled mosquitoes. They are really Ash Junipers, the berries do work (crush a few in between your hands and rub on exposed skin), and I’ve often wondered if other junipers would be as effective.

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