Mosquitoes aren’t just irritating; they are surely a health concern. As the summer approaches they buzz around us sucking out our blood and infect us with all sort of diseases like zika virus, malaria, dengue and west Nile virus which you do not want to get infected with. Though there many commercial sprays repellent available in the market, but they contain harsh chemicals that negatively impacts human health. One green solution to repel these mosquitoes is to grow certain plants which have powerful repellent properties.
Here Are The 5 Best Mosquito Repellent Plants That Are Great At Repelling Mosquitoes:
Lemon grass, native to Asia has strong aroma and flavor that resembles lemon. But this fragrance helps to deter mosquitoes. This ornamental and attractive grass can grow up to six feet tall. It is very easy to maintain plant and thrives well indoor in partial shed and also in full sun. To deter mosquitoes with its strong aroma, plant them in large planters, in the walkways, near the entrance door of your home and close to sitting locations in your garden and lawns. Besides looking wonderful, they also smell great, but not for these unwanted intruders.
Lavender is a sweet smelling fragrant flowering herb which is very calming and relaxing to our mind. Native to the southeast region of India and Mediterranean region it bears beautiful blue-violet flowers which can work as natural repellent and keep away mosquito and other bugs when planted in your garden and surrounding areas of your home as the pleasant smell of the plant is offensive to mosquito.
They can be grown indoors in containers, preferably in sunny areas and with good drainage. Placing lavender bouquets in vases throughout the home is another smart way to repel mosquito and flies. The lovely fragrance comes from the essential oil that is contained in leaves of the plant. It can endure all types of climate but mainly thrives in warmer climate.
Citronella a perennial grass which can grow up to 5-6 feet high is commonly used as an ingredient in mosquito repellant, but planting the herb in the walkways and around the garden can mask your own smell and help to keep these annoying insects from your home and garden. The living plant is more effective due to its strong aroma. It will also help to reduce your over dependence on deet sprays and candles with high chemicals. Besides planting them in the flower beds plant them in several planters or large pots in patio or porch and place them around the home and garden and move them indoor if needed.
4. Lemon Balm:
Also known as horsemint, lemon balm belongs to family of mint. Its aroma is great for warding off mosquito but can attract pollinators like butterflies and bees. Since lemon balm can endure harsh climate, reseeds itself and is draught resistant, it can be grown indoors easily in pots in shades also. Its leaves can be used as quick mosquito repellant by rubbing them on your exposed skin.
Not only marigolds are beautiful flowers that make your landscape attractive, they are excellent for repelling mosquitoes and bugs. Marigold contains a compound Pyrethrum which is often used in many insect repellents. The unique aroma of pyrethrum keeps away mosquitoes and bugs from your home. Placing potted marigolds near the entrance of your home and other mosquito entry points like balcony, patio or deck with deter mosquitoes from entering your home and garden.
It’s not just about annoying itchy bites are only concern, mosquitoes these days are in full power in transmitting various diseases. So, besides growing these mosquito repellent plants, also practice good mosquito control measures like preventing water from getting stagnant. They can lay eggs even in bowl of standing water.