Lake Sinclair living and mosquitoes

Unless you've been under a rock you've been hearing about the Zika Virus and the harm it can do to unborn babies and that cases are not in the United States. It's been on the news in an election cycle, which means it's really big news. Now I'm NOT being an alarmist. But living on/near water can certainly mean more mosquitoes. Just a small amount of standing water can breed thousands of mosquitoes. If I am outside and there is a mosquito in a mile radius of me, it generally finds me and bites me.

So what to do?  Well first you want to make sure not to have standing water. Even in the bottoms of potted plants. If you water every day and never let it go dry it's an excellent place for mosquitoes to breed. You will want to make sure if you pull your boat out of the lake you don't leave standing water in it. Don't leave a cup in the boat, a bucket that catches rain water is great for summer watering if you empty it every couple of days.

There are also some natural repellant plants that you can grow that will help to keep mosquitoes away from where you enjoy outside. It's a great idea to have a planter on the dock with some of these growing in it. Near the house by or on the deck is another great place to grow plants that repel mosquitoes.

I have long grown several of the plants that I found on the lists I located

  • Rosemary (also great for cooking)
  • Catnip (my cats love the stuff)
  • Basil
  • Marigolds
  • Garlic

Now I am not the expert, but I wanted to share with you the lists I found that were the longest. One has 11 and the other 31 plants. I actually have always bought citronilla candles, but never even considered getting a plant to keep the bugs away while we grill.  So I think I'll be adding that to my container garden on the deck this year.

35 Plants to repel Mosquitoes 

11 Plants to repel mosquitoes

31 Plants to repel mosquitoes

I also found interesting  while looking for articles that you can make a natural repellent from Rosemary and I'm going to give that recipe a try this spring and see if it works for me. I don't like to use chemicals and spraying them on me just doesn't seem like a great idea.


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Comment balloon 36 commentsTammy Lankford, • February 01 2016 11:25AM


Great & timely info to share.  Back east I always burnt citronella in the summer to keep them at bay, but I like the idea of naturally growing plants instead, especially those who can pull double duty as food seasoning!

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 4 years ago


This is a very interesting article to read especially at this time of year.I think it is great that you have natural repellants listed to keep them away! 

Posted by Jan Sohlman, RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) over 4 years ago

This is great information and I have not heard of any benefits to having a mosquito sting us, so I try to stay away from them.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 4 years ago

Very interesting Tammy.  Never heard of the repellent type plants.  Great 2 birds with one stone idea.  Thanks for taking the time to share.  mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 over 4 years ago

John Meussner we have always kept those as well, but I love the idea of plants that work.

Jan Sohlman I think with what the CDC is saying about the Zika virus being a possible outbreak once the season hits it's more important than ever.

Brian England I'm like mosquito bait I think.  I go outside without protection and they find me.

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint my rosemary died in the ice storm we had last year. I must replace.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Great info, Tammy.  As someone who mosquitoes love, I am always interested in repellents options.  

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) over 4 years ago

Tammy, well darn it ... my secret it out.  I have been under a rock and I kind of like it there.  I like the idea of plants to keep them away.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 4 years ago

Tammy, very good post concerning Lake Sinclair Living & mosquito's. I like the natural repellents you listed to repel the mosquito's.  Good luck this bug season. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 4 years ago

Could you get some of those plants for the office too?  Maybe even on the porch

Posted by Jerrill Ewing, Builder (N & J Lake Properties, LLC) over 4 years ago

We are away from having Mosquitoes but as we closer to spring rest assured I will arm myself with this bookmarked and like post Tammy Lankford  

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 4 years ago

Carol Williams isn't it awful when you can't go outside with them biting you?

Kathleen Daniels well the news does make me want to crawl under a rock

Robert (Bob) Gilbert I hope it works to keep them away

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington spring comes sooner rather than later in Georgia. LOL

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Tammy-I so hate mosquitoes. I bought mosquito plants a few years ago but they died, You have found a great list to help keep them at bay.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 4 years ago

Tammy, this is a VERY pertinent post and I've been listening to all of the hoopla about it on NPR. I am (once again) thankful that we don't have mostquitoes to contend with in our Fishhawk Lake community. NO, we have cougar, bear coyote, you know the creatures who are a bit BIGGER but don't give us the possibility of creating damaged babies. 

We all have something that's the caveat for living in paradise.  Ask Floridians about alligators!!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 4 years ago

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington I appreciate that and I'm very happy you like the information.  That Zika virus is very frightening.

Sharon Lee I found a few others, but I love the ones that are both herbs and repel mosquitoes

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 I can't imagine having children or pets outside in Florida

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Good morning Tammy. Certainly an important topic right now for sure. Was not aware of all the different plants that are mosquito repellent.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

I'm going to bookmark this - I didn't realize plants could be used as repellents and when it's a plant that produces an herb I use, that serves two purposes!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 4 years ago

Thank you for the information. I will share this with others. Timely post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

The news has been frightening. You know it's going to get here eventually. Mosquitos in general are threatening, nevermind this new virus.  I'm a very health conscious person in general and avoid chemicals but when it comes to mosquitos and ticks I'm all for chemical control. My husband sprays every 2 weeks and we rarely see any all season.

I will be saving your lists and trying the plant prevention this year...maybe cut down on the spraying!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 4 years ago

Mosquitoes caused havoc in Hawaii, too. Dreadful things. Dengue fever. And the WHO declared Zika a worldwide health emergency, and since it's all over Cuba my sister is freaking out thinking I'll drop dead.  Because the EPA is on record stating DEET is not a health hazard to people or children, I think I'll still trust an insecticide over rosemary or cinnamon oil. To each her own.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 4 years ago

When you make your repellent also add catnip oil or some infusion of it. It really works great as you mentioned in your post. 

I'm like you and mosquitoes love me. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing the list of repellant plants.  Great tips!

Posted by Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor (MBA Broker Consultants) over 4 years ago

Tammy- I don't like to use chemicals so I'm looking into some of these plants and checking out the links.  We usually have a basil plant around but may add some others. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Tammy, thanks for the tips and links on mosquito repellants. I like growing rosemary and other herbs to keep them away.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 4 years ago

Tammy Lankford - I really appreciate all the great information you provided. These mosquito's are getting more and more dangerous every year. Every year we're learning about a new one too. Plus they are dangerous to pets too!

But let's not worry about opening up our borders or exposing our kids to diseases from kids who were never vaccinated, or pregnant moms to be, or the West Niles Virus that has killed so many here in Dallas.... 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 4 years ago

Tammy, great post and we do all need to be aware of mosquitos and how to keep them away.  The Zika virus sounds deadly. 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 4 years ago

I love the idea of planting something that will naturally repel mosquitoes.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 4 years ago

Hello Tammy ... what a great post with some great information!

I was born and raised the first 20 years of my life in the Midwest and a state that has over 10,000 lakes. In these first 20 years I would have to say that I have been stung by hundreds of thousands of mosquito's and still around to write this comment.

That being said really where did this Zika Virus come from? Is it possible that some mosquito's, birds or some other creature brought this Zika Virus from another country.

There are over One Million Lakes in Alaska and I am not worried about getting the Zika Virus up here.

But I really do like your write and all the natural mosquito repellents you have on your post, because I don't spray any of the store bought poisons on my skin.


Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 4 years ago

I am not going along with flies and mosquitoes. They seems can not have enough of my blood.....Glad, we have very few them in here.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 4 years ago


                  Thank you Tammy Lankford for my ah-ha moment. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Good morning Tammy. Inever knew there were anti mosquito plants. Thank you.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

Excellent post and some sage advice.....never knew about these plants and mosquitoes.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 4 years ago

I love this post!  I can see why Kathy included it this week in her summary!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 4 years ago

These are great tips, Tammy. Lots of talk about the Zika virus and it seems to be spreading. Virus or not, no one wants mosquitoes around and this list will help. I especially like the plants that you can use in cooking, like basil


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