Protect Your Family from Mosquitoes
Summer and heat are still going strong in a good part of our country – protecting your family from mosquitoes is a season long battle. For a severe mosquito infestation, you may be better off hiring a mosquito service company.
Homeowners can also rely on their garden to protect their families from mosquitoes. Mother nature has given us several garden plants that these pesky creatures really dislike.
NATURAL MOSQUITO REPELLANTS:
• Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Catnip has been found to be 10 times more effective than DEET at keeping mosquitoes away. Cats will crush this plant if it is in a garden bed and it has a tendency to become invasive, but keeping a couple of plants in hanging containers helps avoid both problems.
• Marigold (Tagetes spp.)
This annual also repels aphids and is an excellent companion plant for your vegetable garden. Note: Do not rub on skin.
• Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
The oil of this shrub is heavenly to most humans, but disgusting to mosquitoes. It’s an attractive plant for container or herb gardens that requires little water and also is delicious when used for cooking meat, soups and egg dishes.
• Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
This plant has a lemony scent that mosquitoes hate. With a little patience, it can be grown from stalks sold in the market. It prefers full sun and good drainage. Keep in mind that this tropical plant won’t tolerate freezing temperatures.
• Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
This perennial has silvery foliage and can be grown in full sun in most zones. Makes a unique border plant and the pungent odor keeps mosquitoes at bay. Note: Do not rub on skin.
• Mint (Mentha spp.). Many mints’ oils are unpleasant to mosquitoes, so keep a pot or two of these hardy and aromatic plants around. Since they spread easily, mints are best cultivated in container
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THE DRIFT LIGHT WANTS TO EASE YOU TO SLEEP
Saffron’s Drift Light, a smart light bulb that is also incredibly simple.
The 40W-equivalent LED Drift Light has a built-in microprocessor. No app, no extra hardware, and no fuss. You just screw the bulb into a light fixture. Turn it on once and the Drift acts like a regular light.
Turn it on, off, and back on, and it blinks to let you know it’s entered midnight mode, in which it fades to dark over the course of 37 minutes, mimicking the light change involved in a real sunset. The third option is called moonlight mode and it fades the bulb down to a gentle glow to act as a nightlight.
The idea behind the artificial sunset is to encourage your body to react like humans did before we had electricity, laptops, tablets, and phones to keep us occupied way into the wee hours. Saffron says the bulb is meant to promote relaxation and increase melatonin to encourage good sleep.
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