12 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Most of us are agreed that tiny flying creatures like mosquitoes are annoying, they suck our blood and leaving a red spots in our skin. Transferring dangerous diseases such as malaria, chikungunya and dengue fever are another reason why we have to get rid of this creatures and drives it away from our house. Many kinds of insectisides are invented and commercially used by most of us in order to fight this creatures. This article will provides you with the information that you could replace your daily expenses for dealing with the mosquitoes in a smart and economic ways. And yes, the nature has provided us with the richness of its collection including the vegetations that can repel mosquitoes away from our house.

1. Basil

Basil

The leaves from this vegetations has peppery odor. The best types of Basil due to repelling mosquitoes are cinnamon, Peruvian and lemon basil. Provides them with a moist soil, proper drainage to grow and a lot of sunlight. And let them do the job for you, which are keeping the mosquitoes and other annoying insects away from your house environment.

2. Ageratum

Ageratum

This flower has gifted with rich colour which makes it beautiful, many people use this plants as their garden decorative collection. The scent from Ageratum is pretty strong because this flower have an organic subtance called coumarin, a commonly used subtance for man-made mosquitoes repellent. To maximizing their true potential, grind the leaves to get even stronger aroma, but don’t try to wipe it around your skin otherwise you will get itchy.

3. Garlic

Garlic

Many people said that garlic is the essential spices for our food, I couldn’t agreed it more, but most of them didn’t know that this spice ingredient is also repel the mosquitoes away. The light flavour from garlic can make the mosquitoes fly so far away from you. Thanks to garlic, now we can use them not only for spices but also for repelling mosquitoes as well.

4. Horsemint

Horsemint

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Horsemint is one of the Lamiaceae family members. It will expanded very well in the sun for sure. The flower is pink, this plant also can ward off those annoying creatures we hate the most. The best thing about this plant is, it doesn’t require all kind of service from us.

5. Catnip

Catnip

These vegetations belongs to the Mint family. The Catnip has botanical name called nepeta cataria. The reason why it can ward off mosquitoes because it has an organic substance called nepetalactone  which can drives mosquitoes away and it’s already extracted for the oil and has introduced as an insectiside spray. It can expands around 1,5 metres on a sunny environment. Catnip is a seasonal plant. And the most interesting is, your cat will surely love this plant, don’t forget to put a strong fence around it otherwise your cat will destroy this lovely plant.

6. LavenderLavender

Lavender is our next mosquitoes repellent plants in our list. Lavender is easy to plant, it doesn’t need a special treatment. It only need a warm weather. Lavender can be increased and raised to 2 metres in height. The best way to grow lavender is to put them in a sufficient sunlight.

7. Lemongrass

Lemongrass

This plant have a strong organic substance called citronella, it’s already extracted as an insectiside repellent material. Lemongrass is a common vegetation discovered in India. This seasonal vegetation can grow up to 1 metre in heigth and a friendly area is a must for growing Lemongrass. Although it has unattractive physical appearance but this plant is strong enough to repelling mosquitoes.

8. Marigolds

Marigolds

This lovely plant has a unique odor that can drives mosquitoes away from you. The most popular types of marigolds are the French and the African marigolds. Marigolds can drives the mosquitoes away and it can expands to 6 inches in height. If you want to grow marigold in your garden, make sure that you put them in a full of sunshine area.

9. Rosemary

Rosemary

This plant is considered as a bigger bush if we compared with other bushes. Rosemary usually used for cooking ingredients but amazingly, this plant can also used for repelling mosquitoes as well. Prepare a wide planting area if you want to grow them, because rosemary can grow and expands rapidly.

10. Citronella Plant

Citronella Grass

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Citronella plant is originally well known for its oil extracted for making perfume ingredient. Citronella plant is a rockstar in repelling mosquitoes and other annoying insects. This plant need a comfortable and low sunshine to grow, so you need to prepared all of those things if you want to grow them in your garden. But you might rethink to this plant especially if you have a cat. Cat hate this plant.

11. Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is an agressive and rapid growth in nature. It has a strong aroma produced by its leaves. If you want to grow this plant you need a vast and wide area of garden in your house. Lemon balm are quick to reseed and also immune to drought. Altough it can repell mosquitoes, but other insects such as butterfly and bees are not affected by this odor.

12. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

 

This is a favorite meal of koala, and yes, Eucalyptus is originated from Australia. Eucalyptus is famous for an ancient medication ingredients. The tree itself can be grow up to 70 metres in height. The distilled oil from eucalyptus is useful ingredients for making lozenges. lotions, toothpaste, insect bites, joint inflammation and of course to ward off mosquitoes.

 

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