8 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes Naturally
Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying insects who fly around looking for people and animals in order to take a bite and suck out their blood. Gross. You certainly don’t want them in your backyard since they bring along diseases and viruses.It is also not advisable to spray yourself with all kinds of harsh chemicals and mosquito repellents and create further health issues.
So, what are your best options for repelling these bugs, and staying away from any disease?As you may know, mosquitoes are attracted to some odors in the human skin.
So, if you spend a lot of time running around and sweating, or working hard in your garden, you should expect more mosquitoes following around. Fortunately, there are several plants that have very strong scents that confuse mosquitoes and help you keep them at bay. This aromas need to be somewhere around you, or applied to your skin. To get the maximum of these natural mosquito repellents, simply crush herb leaves and release their perfume and essential oils with your hands, and rub the leaves on your skin.
Take a look at these 8 plants that repel mosquitoes naturally:
This one is a member of the mint family and it is full of white flowers and a lemony scent, and it has healing properties too. It is especially good for repelling mosquitoes and it keeps the bites low. However, be careful when you grow it in the garden since it is an invasive species. It will grow well if you plant it in a pot on your patio, or other outdoor places.
The cousin of mint, the fragnant catnip contains a natural chemical named nepetalactone which is a useful repellent for insects, as well as a feline attractant. But if you don’t like cats coming to your area, skip catnip, and move to a different plant.
Basil contains essential oils which were shown to be toxic to mosquito larvae. You should grow this delicious staple around natural water sources, like a pond, and help control the rate of eggs which are laid.
Did you know lavender can repel flying insects including mosquitoes, moths, and flies? So cool, right? You know how famous lavender’s perfume is, so it will not only scent the air, but you will be able to control insects very effectively if you rub it on your skin and release the oils.
In its concentrated form, peppermint is sometimes used as an insect repellent, and its oil has been shown to repel the adults and kill the larvae and eggs of several species.
Citrosum (aka Mosquito Plant)
This perennial is known as “mosquito plant” and people refer to it as the citronella plant because it has a strong citronella scent. However, there is some research showing that it is not as good mosquito repellent as it is suggested. Still, you can get some benefits from rubbing its crushed leaves on your skin, if nothing else, it will provide some protection.
Sage + Rosemary
Burn a little sage or rosemary, if you are planing to gather around a fire, or make some barbecue party. When they burn, sage and rosemary not only smell good but they repel most species of insects, as long as you are near the smoke.