New York State is full of beauty - the Adirondack Mountains and open countryside make the scenery even better. But there is one problem - the most deadly creatures on Earth live in the entire state. And, as strange as it may sound, these are mosquitoes. The edition told in more detail WNBF.
Yes, we all know how annoying mosquitoes are in New York State. But do you know how deadly these little creatures are? It's all pretty worrisome when you look at the numbers.
According to Understanding Animal Research, nearly one million people die every year from mosquito-borne diseases. This makes them the deadliest creature in the world.
Who is number 2? People. They kill about 400 people every year.
There are over 3000 species of mosquitoes in the world, and it's amazing that New York City is home to over 70 of them. Our state and country as a whole have understood the deadly diseases that mosquitoes carry. Although it is still important to know how dangerous they are.
Such an abundance of mosquitoes can be explained not only by the vast forests, swamps and farmlands throughout the state, but also by high humidity. Mosquitoes thrive in warm, humid climates. New York is full of them every spring and summer.
The good news is there is a way to keep them away from your home. And it's all thanks to some plants that you can plant in your garden that really repel mosquitoes.
Lemongrass contains a large amount of essential oil, so when the leaves of the plant are heated in the sun or burned in a fire, they can reduce mosquitoes by 49-79%.
Who knew marigolds were good for more than just attracting rabbits? They are easy to grow and contain a chemical called feverfew. It is an ingredient used in many repellents.
It turns out that vampires and mosquitoes, in addition to the love of blood, have one more thing in common. You can rub garlic juice on your skin to repel mosquitoes, but this can have unforeseen social consequences.
The more camphor lavender contains, the more mosquitoes hate it. This substance is released naturally when the plant heats up on a sunny day. It can also be obtained by crushing lavender leaves and flowers and rubbing them into the skin.
You can add rosemary to everything from grilled chicken to potato salad and lemonades. Mosquitoes, vegetable bugs, and flies are big fans of the fresh pine scent it gives off, so it's a good idea to toss it on the fire at the back of your yard to lure them in.
Basil is also toxic to mosquito larvae, so if your yard has standing water, placing basil next to it can prevent mosquito larvae from breeding.
If you plant mint, be careful. It will grow quickly, take over your garden and crush your other plants. Plant experts say it's best to grow mint in containers to limit its spread. However, the oil produced by the mint plants is not only great at repelling mosquitoes, but it can also give you a little relief if you apply it on the bites if one of those little bloodsuckers actually gets to you.
The sage will repel mosquitoes. If you are using it as a mosquito repellent, it will be most effective if you throw a few leaves into a fire.
Catnip plants contain something called "nepetalactone". This chemical attracts cats but is highly repellent to mosquitoes, termites, and cockroaches.
If you are not allergic to bees, you might consider planting a monarda. This flower will attract many pollinators, but its essential oils and scent will repel mosquitoes.
The scented geranium is a great deterrent to both mosquitoes and flies. None of the insects will fly past the smell of citrus and traces of citronella oil that the plant contains. In addition, geranium oil can help reduce scars.