Summer is here, and that means long warm evenings, cookouts with friends and family, swimming, fireworks, camping and everybody’s favorite: itchy red mosquito bites all over your body! Wait, what’s that? You don’t like getting eaten alive by mosquitos? In that case, we may have just the thing for you.
Mosquitos are truly a nuisance that can completely ruin your favorite outdoor activities. Many of us resort to chemical solutions like DEET-based bug sprays, and while these can be effective, nobody likes the sticky feeling they leave on skin or the unpleasant odor. Worse still, many people worry about the safety of applying these types of chemicals directly to the skin.
That’s where Mosquito-Gotta-Go comes in…
Mosquito-Gotta-Go is made of our own special blend of Lemon Basil and Lemon Balm plants. The essential oils produced by these herbs are known to keep away nuisance insects. While Lemon Basil and Lemon Balm smell perfectly lovely to humans, the bugs really don’t like it. The best part? These herbs are so safe, you could literally eat them!
How to Use:
For best results, remove the sleeve from your plant and place this pot anywhere you and your guests may gather outdoors — grilling areas, porches, decks, tables, etc. If you have a large outdoor space, consider placing multiple plants in strategic locations for increased coverage.
Caring for Mosquito-Gotta-Go couldn’t be easier. Simply place in a sunny location and give it a little water whenever the soil feels dry. For best results we recommend placing the pot in a shallow dish and pouring water in the dish–if your plant is thirsty, it will suck the water right up. Remember, as with any of our living plants, don’t leave it sitting in standing water for long periods and NEVER PUT IT IN THE REFRIGERATOR!
DIY Bug Spray:
Want a safe, natural bug spray that you can use on the go? Are you feeling crafty? Here are two simple recipes for making your own. All you’ll need is your Mosquito-Gotta-Go plants, and a few common ingredients:
Safe DIY Mosquito Repellant with Lemon Basil and Lemon Balm
- 1 bunch fresh Lemon Basil
- 1 bunch fresh Lemon Balm
- 1/2 water
- 1/2 cup vodka or other neutral spirit
- 1 small spray bottle
All-Natural Insect Repellant with Fresh Herbs
- 1 bunch fresh lemon balm
- 1 bunch fresh lemon basil
- 1 bunch fresh mint (optional)
- 2 cups (16oz) witch hazel extract