Temperatures go up, and mosquitoes are already here. Mosquitoes are the last thing you need around, and let’s not forget that the tiny insects can make you really sick.
Here comes the good news. Mosquitoes hate certain scents, and usually they hate the pleasant scents you like. All you need is a bunch of plants to keep mosquitoes away from your home. We give you a few nice suggestions.
Crush and rub citronella leaves on your skin to repel mosquitoes. It may not be as strong as chemical-packed repellents, but it sure comes without any side-effects.
Plant it in your garden and make sure it gets enough sun and good drainage.
- Lemon balm
Lemon balm wards off mosquitoes and attracts pollinators. Crush a few leaves, and rub them on your skin.
Lemon balm is invasive, so try to plant it in a pot.
It’s one of the greatest insect repellents. Nepetalactone repels insect and attracts cats. Studies have shown that catnip is 10 times more effective than DEET when it comes to repelling mosquitoes. Catnip grows as a weed and cats like it.
Pyrethrum in marigolds is added in insect repellents. Essential oils made from Marigolds and Myrtle have shown great efficacy in repelling mosquitoes. Keep your marigolds near the entrance of your home.
A 2011 review released in the Malaria Journal found that basil essential oils provide high protection against mosquitoes. Grow it in pots, and rub a few leaves on your skin to keep nasty mosquitoes away.
Lavender may relax your body and mind, but mosquitoes hate it. Plant it in pots or garden to keep them away. Lavender essential oil works great, too.
Peppermint is better than any chemical. When applied on skin, it shows larvicidal and mosquito repellent action. The combination of peppermint oil and water destroys mosquito larvae within 24 hours.
Grow garlic to keep mosquitoes away from your home.
Plant it in your garden and keep a vase filled of fresh pennyroyal in your home.
It’s related to the mint family, and becomes invasive really fast.
We use rosemary to flavor dishes, but you can use it to repel mosquitoes. Keep the shrub near your door or put a few cuttings in a vase. If you are camping, throw a few stalks in the fire to keep the nasty insects away.
Gardeners recommend geraniums, and they suggest that you use the lemon scented type. The plant will also make your garden pretty. It likes warm, sunny and dru climate, but can be grown in planters, too.
Lemongrass is a good option, too. It also goes by the name ‘lemon verbena.’ Citral in lemongrass repels mosquitoes, but it’s not recommended to pregnant women and new moms.
Plant sage in your garden, and burn the leaves to get rid of mosquitoes.