Mosquitoes have become a rising problem for everyone. If you’re going outside or chilling at home with a beer, you can always hear some buzzing around you, searching for you and ready to suck your blood and leave a nasty, itchy mark.
It’s not only about the itchy, temporary marks, but flying bugs can become a vector in diseases that are terrible, ranging from malaria all the way to Nile virus. Many people have adopted chemical sprays to win the fight against mosquitos; however, they come with another set of health problems.
Being said that, there are several ways or shall I say mosquito repellant plants. By planting these herbs indoors and outdoors, you will be able to get rid of the nasty chemical sprays and enjoy a peaceful night sleep.
Marigolds look attractive whether you plant them on your landscape or in the house. Furthermore, marigolds have the perfect advantage to be a mosquito repellant. Placing marigold pots near windows, doors or on the balcony can keep the nasty mosquitoes away.
Owing to its strong smell, Citronella is the most commonly used ingredient in insect repellants. The beauty of citronella is that it masks the smell of mosquito attractants. You can plant them into a pot or in the ground, regardless; citronella grows 5 to 6 feet.
Citronella thrives on sunlight so it’s better to plant it where it can get ample sunlight.
A 2011 research conducted found that the essential oils from Ocimum (basil) provided high levels of mosquito protection to as much as 100 percent.
As basils are used in many food recipes, you will be able to take advantage of both repelling mosquitoes and at that same time add it to your delicious meals.
You can plant them in your house or backyard to keep the insects away.
If you have ever owned an air freshener, I’m pretty sure that you’ve picked out a lavender one.
Due to lavenders beautiful smell, it is the perfect plant to get rid of mosquitoes. Not only that, research has also proven that lavenders can aid in getting restful sleeps.
When planted correctly, lavenders can make your home, your backyard look beautiful and the best bit, it’ll stop mosquitos from ruining your parties.
Moreover, the dried leaves can also be kept in your wardrobe to repel moths.
Thanks to peppermints clean minty scent, Malarial Journal’s study reveals that applying it on the body repels mosquitos and kills mosquito larvae.
If the mosquito problem gets out of hand, it’ll be a great idea to plant a few peppermint plants around the house.
Catnips may attract cats do your door step but mosquitoes hate it. Catnips contain a chemical called nepetalactone, which is both a cat attractant and a mosquito repellant.
While eating an excessive, unhealthy amount of garlic might repel mosquitoes, a better way is to grow your own.
By simply adding garlic to your flowerbed you will have your own supply of garlic and you’re house is going to be immune from nasty flies.
8. Lemon balm
Lemon balm is also referred to as horsemint; its aroma keeps the mosquitoes away but attracts bees and flies.
On the bright side, it grows fast and is drought resistant.
Just like garlic and basil, rosemary is one of most commonly used to flavor dishes. Owing to its beautiful scent it has proven to repel mosquitos.
You can keep it both inside and outdoors, you just have to be careful that it gets plenty of sunlight. You can either plant one in your room or you can cut some of it and keep it in your room to use its repellant properties.
Furthermore if you have a bonfire planned, you can always just throw some in there and it’s scent will ward off the mosquitoes.
Pennyroyal is another famous, natural mosquito repellant.
Planting some in your yard or inside the house will help you fight mosquitos. The beauty of pennyroyal is that it can actually kill the mosquitoes residing in your residence. Moreover, adding a few crushed stems in your back pocket and you won’t need a mosquito repellant.
Planting pennyroyals is a bit difficult because they are invasive so it’s always better to plant them in a container.