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These Insanely Helpful Garden Plants Keep the Mosquitoes Away

Say goodbye to the outdoor pests. Bugs come with the territory when you’re outdoors, but some are more tolerable than others. If it feels like mosquitoes are invading your yard, it’s understandable to want to do what you can to get rid of them. Enter mosquito repellent plants. Here’s the thing: Experts say that the best way to keep mosquitoes at bay is to use personal repellents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But if you want to go a more natural route, you may be interested in selecting certain plants—they’re just not necessarily guaranteed to work as well as a spray. “The idea that planting certain plants around your home will successfully repel mosquitoes is only supported by anecdotal evidence and not empirical evidence,” says Eva Buckner, Ph.D., assistant professor and state extension specialist at the University of Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. It’s important to note, though, that there is some evidence that certain plants may help discourage certain mosquitoes from setting up camp in your yard—they just don’t work as well as a chemical or spray. If it feels like your outdoor space is a haven to mosquitoes, it’s a good idea to “eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on and around your property by draining standing water from flowerpots, birdbaths, grill covers, baby pools, and other sources,” says Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., board-certified entomologist and senior vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). Using a small fan outside may also help keep mosquitoes away since “they are not strong flyers,” Fredericks says. But if you like the look and smell of certain plants and want to see if they keep the mosquitoes away, too, there’s no reason not to try them. These are the plants fans swear are most likely to help get rid of mosquitoes. Snap up one or a few to enhance your outdoor space.


How to Get a Workout in While Traveling

Travel does not have to put a damper on your workout routine.


Today's best photos: From a Hungarian sunset to posing on the Great Wall of China

The National picks the most striking images from around the world


Paris Hilton on attending Coachella since her teens

This year, she'll be heading to the desert for what she says will be her first party since having her second child


Somali pirates free cargo ship MV Abdullah after $5m ransom paid

Somali pirates with links to Al Qaeda have released the Bangladesh-flagged cargo ship MV Abdullah and its 23 crew members after receiving a ransom payment of $5 million, locals and officials in Somalia said on Sunday. The payment followed weeks of secret negotiations with the ship’s owners, Kabir Steel Re-Rolling Mills, and is the first to be made ...


40 Things That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

The world really was a different place back then.


29 famous streets around the world, and their fascinating stories

From scenic tree-lined avenues to boulevards with a story to tell, we take a look at 29 of the world's most beautiful and historic streets.


How DO you escape climate change in a tropical paradise? Relocate to Scotland…

It is a Caribbean paradise with stunning beaches and practically guaranteed year-round sunshine.


Taking notes from Bezos? Harry's 'quiet luxury' outfit for polo shoot

The Duke of Sussex, 39, was pictured capturing some footage in Palm Beach for his upcoming series about the genteel world of polo yesterday.


See inside the world's supersized bunkers

Explore some of the world’s largest nuclear bunkers, from Cold War relics and secret Chinese nuclear shelters to a government bunker built for the US Congress


I'm an American living in the UK - here are five things about your homes I find really strange

Helene Sula, from Texas, U.S., also known as @heleneinbetween on TikTok, listed four typical features and elements of UK houses, such as structure and plumbing, that have left her stumped


Washington DC is crowned the hardest-working city in US where people let vacation days go unused and have long office commutes - while NYC is ranked 99th place

Washington D.C. tops the list as the hardest-working city in the U.S., surpassing Irving, Texas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. A WalletHub survey ranked cities based on employment rates found.


QA resumes flights to and from Jordan, Iraq & Lebanon

Tribune News NetworkDohaQatar Airways (QA) has announced the resumption of services to Amman, Beirut and Baghdad following the opening of the airspace of Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.The airspace was shut after Iran launched a drone and missile attack towards Israel on Saturday night.Qatar Airways has requested its customers to monitor its website (http://qatarairways.com) for near-term travel schedules or call the Contact Centre on +974 4144 5555....


Italy, guest of honour at Tunis Book Fair 2024: new boost for longstanding bilateral cultural ties

14/04/2024 14:43, TUNIS/Tunisia TUNIS, April 14 (TAP editorial team) - "Italy's participation as guest of honour at the 38th edition of the Tunis International Book Fair (19-28 April 2024), the most important literary and publishing fair in Tunisia, is of great importance for enhancing the visibility of Italian publishers and their presence on the Tunisian book market," says ITA-ICE (Italian Agency for the Promotion and Internationalisation of...


'This has been a dream': Emirati artists' joy after being picked for Venice Biennale

Three emerging artists in the UAE are heading to the world’s most prestigious art event: the Venice Biennale. Almaha Jaralla, Latifa Saeed and Samo Shalaby are set to showcase their works as part of Beyond Emerging Artists. Abu Dhabi Art organises the annual initiative and supports emerging creatives in the UAE, commissioning them to create new wor...


I'm the world's best cleaner - but there are certain homes I avoid

Auri Kananen, 30, from Finland, is the self proclaimed 'best cleaner in the world'. She spoke to MailOnline about how she turns away properties that are not dirty enough as her tolerance is getting higher.


2024's Most Anticipated World Tours

ALBAWABA - 2024 will apparently be another year filled with unforgettable performances from some of the industry's biggest names. The new year promises even more concerts, tours, festivals, and events for music fans everywhere, regardless of genre.Taylor Swift's Eras TourTaylor Swift performs during her Eras Tour at Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, California, August 7, 2023. (Photo by Michael Tran / AFP) Taylor Swift's Eras Tour, her sixth headlining...


Israel reopens airspace as airlines cancel flights due to Iran attacks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israeli airlines said operations were returning to normal on Sunday after an overnight attack by Iranian missiles and drones closed the airspace and led to flight cancellations. Israel reopened its airspace as of 7:30 a.m. (0430 GMT) on Sunday, adding that flight schedules from Tel Aviv were expected to be affected and travellers should check flight times before going to Ben


Msheireb Downtown Doha Hosts Innovation by Design Summit

Msheireb Downtown Doha, the epitome of modernity and innovation in Qatar, is gearing up to welcome over 400 artists and business luminaries to the highly anticipated Innovation by Design Summit.Read More: Msheireb Downtown Welcomes 2.5 Million Visitors Amid AFC Asian Cup In collaboration with Fast C


Striking castles set on great rivers

Many of Europe's grandest and most picturesque castles are sited near some of the best-known rivers on the continent. Built to protect waterfront communities, the fortifications also served to guard the approach to towns and villages against attack, and would have provided a formidable deterrent to any potential enemy. Most of these castles date back to the Middle Ages, and have survived to welcome today's tourists. But even in glorious ruin, these ancient fortresses still exude a romantic and beguiling atmosphere. So, where can you admire these exceptional strongholds, and what rivers are they standing on? Click through and take to the water to find out.


Which countries have the highest divorce rates in the world?


Weather: Scattered rains over western, central and southern regions

14/04/2024 15:54, TUNIS/Tunisia Tunis, April 14 (TAP) – The weather is cloudy with scattered rains over the western, central and southern regions of the country.The will blow Wind the east sector over the north and center and from the north sector over the south. It is strong to relatively strong in the center, in the south and near the east coasts and weak to moderate over the rest of the regions, according to the National Institute of...


Ten things you must do on first visit to Paris, from Notre-Dame to cruising Seine

Filled with renowned museums, historic landmarks, noteworthy restaurants and curated fashion houses, most travellers visiting the City of Light for the first time struggle not with finding out what they can do, but deciding what they will be able to do in the amount of time they have there. The world’s most-visited city is filled with world-class a...


25 incredible facts about the Himalayas that will astonish you

For all their fame and popularity among intrepid travellers, the Himalayas remain shrouded in myth and mystery. Here are 25 fascinating details about the mighty mountain range that you may very well have never heard before.


Amarnath Yatra 2024 To Begin From June 29; Check Registration Process, Documents Required And Guidelines

The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has declared the commencement dates for the annual pilgrimage to the revered Amarnath shrine in the South Kashmir Himalayas. The Amarnath Yatra 2024 is scheduled to begin on June 29 and conclude on August 19, as per the announcement made on Sunday. As per the guidelines issued by the SASB, advance registration is mandatory for all devotees undertaking the Amarnath Yatra 2024. The pilgrimage to the Amarnath...


Haven't they seen Jurassic Park! Scientists plotting to bring dead animals currently unknown in the history of the natural world back to life through DNA found in fossils

Researchers are looking for DNA of never before discovered species in a hunt for clues as to how animals survived in different climates and to make today's species more resilient.


The best destinations in America for book lovers

Books can transport you to new places and show you new things. But no matter how much you love to read, sometimes there’s just no substitute for a real vacation. If you’re truly obsessed with books, then make your next destination a literary one. These cities have incredible literary scenes, wonderful bookstores, beautiful libraries, and popular literature festivals. Why not pay them a visit?


Royal residences in the UAE and beyond you can ACTUALLY visit

Many modern-day monarchs open up their palatial pads so the public can enjoy their grandiose royal apartments, opulent halls and manicured gardens too. Read on to see where you can indulge your regal inclinations...


I've Eaten At Nearly Every Single Chain Restaurant—These Are The Best Menu Items

Two years later and 20 restaurants down, this is our official list. People always ask: What are the *best* chain restaurant menu items? Honestly, I've tried too many to count; they've all become a massive blur in my memory. So, to make your lives easier (and, selfishly, mine), I've made the official ranking of the best menu items at each restaurant I've visited. Buckle up y'all.


13 Nostalgic Photos of Vintage Amusement Parks

What a thrill.


Studying ancient shifts, modifications, developments of Levantine cities

The shift from Syria to Iraq affected the economy and the population in the areas, causing some of the urban centres to decline


. Here's how to look the part on your country getaway

Any time you are planning a trip to the country, unless you want it to be screamingly obvious you are not a local, follow Sasha Wilkins's simple country-chic rules to avoid rural ridicule.


UAE weather: Heavy rain and thunderstorms forecast from Monday

UAE authorities have urged the public to be vigilant with the country braced for heavy rain, thunder, high winds and dust storms from Monday. The National Centre of Meteorology previously warned of unstable conditions expected to persist until Wednesday. The worst of the weather is forecast on Monday and Tuesday, with rain, thunder, lightning and h...


At least 12 die and five missing after Oman flash floods

LATEST: UAE braces for three days of heavy rain and thunderstorms At least 12 people have died and five others remain missing after flash floods hit large parts of Oman on Sunday. Nine of the deceased were students, two were citizens and one was an expatriate resident, Oman's National Committee for Emergency Management confirmed. The authority said...


The Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

Tune in on your way to work, while you're running, before bed or on a road trip.


Twiggy reveals embarrassing time she was trapped in vending machine at Brighton station

Twiggy reveals embarrassing time she was trapped in vending machine at Brighton station - Model had been reading for The Girl Friend when incident played out before crowd


Explorers who disappeared without a trace

There was a time when most of the world, even more than today, was still unknown to many, and there was no greater calling than that of an explorer. A handful of brave and curious adventurers went into the deepest and darkest corners of the world, in hopes of shining a light on these unknown regions. However, this was dangerous work, and many of these individuals never returned. From a record-breaking mountain climber to an adventurer who was searching for a city that doesn’t exist, the fate of these explorers is still shrouded in mystery. Click on to discover the explorers who roamed the planet and never returned.


Akasa Air Introduces New Flights To Connect Gorakhpur To Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad And Bengaluru

Akasa Air is set to launch new flights from Gorakhpur to major Indian cities, enhancing connectivity and travel options for passengers in eastern Uttar Pradesh. The airport authority has approved Akasa Air’s proposal, with services to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore scheduled to commence in June. The announcement comes after SpiceJet ceased operations from Gorakhpur's Mahayogi Gorakhnath Airport to Delhi and Mumbai earlier in February...


Life's little luxuries: Designer matches

This week, FEMAIL has picked out a selection of designer matches which will add some colour to your kitchen counter.


Americans tried to bring more guns than ever before onto planes in 2023


Fairy-tale Airbnbs that are simply magical

These are the most enchanting properties to rent on Airbnb, from turreted villas to hobbit homes.


Aintree goes bridal chic

Revellers flocked to the Grand National Festival in Aintree donning stylish white ensembles, from floor-length gowns to tiered dresses and stunning trouser suits.


California's Death Valley in surprise bloom as desert terrain is filled with wildflowers thanks to record-setting rain

The Death Valley floor has erupted in a sea of vibrant flowers on the heels of Hurricane Hilary in August and an atmospheric river in February.


Unstable weather to gradually intensify from Monday afternoon until Wednesday morning: NCM

ABU DHABI, 14th April, 2024 (WAM) -- The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has issued a weather advisory detailing at-intervals-fluctuations in weather patterns across the country over the coming days.From Sunday until Monday morning, a surface low pressure system is expected to linger to the south, mitigating instability somewhat. However, intermittent rainfall is anticipated, particularly in coastal and southern regions.As Monday progresses...


Jordan's airspace reopens for air traffic

AMMAN, 14th April, 2024 (WAM) -- Jordan's Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC) has announced reopening of airspace for aviation traffic.Jordan News Agency (Petra) quoted Haitham Misto, Chairman of CARC as saying that the airspace was reopened after a thorough assessment of risks, adhering to internationally recognised standards for civil aviation


What Essential Oil Is Good For Sleep? A Review By Nutrition Professionals

Expert opinion from Deidre Huysamen Dietician - Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services · 7 years of experience · South Africa Unfortunately the research on essential oils is pretty limited however, some evidence have shown that lavender oil is a great natural sleeping aid. A recent, small scale study, has also shown that clary sage oil can contr...


The world's coastal towns doomed to crumble into the sea

Plagued by ever-worsening coastal erosion, rising sea levels and catastrophic flooding, these towns and cities are being swept out to sea


Creaking Paris metro system to face Olympic test

Major political pressure ahead of the 2024 Games (July 26-August 11) has led to gradual improvements in recent months


10 of the Most Unique Museums In the United States

Add these one-of-a-kind destinations to your travel bucket list.


How an amphitheater became one of the most legendary music venues in the world

Few entertainment venues are more legendary than the Hollywood Bowl. An amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, the "Bowl" officially opened on July 11, 1922. Recognized for its iconic band shell, the venue has over the years hosted some of the biggest acts in show business, including the Beatles, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones. The Bowl also serves as a stage for ballet, opera, and classical music concerts. Nearly 100 years after its inauguration, the Hollywood Bowl remains one of the best live music venues in the United States, and one of the most illustrious stages in the world. Click through and see who's appeared live at the Hollywood Bowl.