The mosquitos are already starting to come out and draw blood, I’m not a fan… at all!
We try to avoid using chemicals if we can, but the mosquitos here in Texas are no joke and sometimes I am dousing myself in chemical sprays to keep them at bay.
I take as many steps as I can to repel them in natural ways too and we even use mosquito traps.
There are also certain things you can plant in your yard to help keep the mosquitos away.
The American Beautyberry is a shrub that is a natural mosquito repellent.
You can normally find the American Beautyberry shrub in the southeast parts of North America.
Not only is it a very beneficial and useful shrub, but it’s also pretty and bursting with purple color from the berries which are edible!
Around June and July the shrub will bloom with gorgeous lavender flowers.
After the blooms, then the purple berries will come.
The shrub will attract butterflies and birds and even help fix your soil!
The leaves are a natural mosquito repellent, and the berries are edible… chickens love them and so do the humans!
To make a natural mosquito repellent you can mash up both the leaves and the berries to rub on the skin.
There are are recipes for making homemade mosquito repellent salve and sprays as well.
As for eating the berries, some people like to make jellies and teas from the berries.
You can buy seeds to grow your own American Beautyberry Shrubs on Amazon!