11 Fragrant Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Mosquitos are horrible and they can easily spoil our beautiful summer night. Let’s not forget that they transmit Zika, malaria and many other viral diseases. How can you protect yourself from these stubborn bugs?

Sprays are the first go-to option, but they are packed with chemicals. Instead of the conventional products, we suggest that you plant mosquitoes least favorite plants.

Here are some nice suggestions:

1. Citronella

Citronella candles are commonly use these days, but they contain chemicals. Instead of using these candles, you can rely on the citronella plant.

Crush and rub citronella leaves on your skin to repel pesky mosquitoes. In this way you will always have a mosquito repellent on hand. Yu don’t have to spend a small fortune to buy all those sprays.

The citronella plant grows about 5-6 feet. You can plant it in your garden or in large pots. It likes full sun and great drainage. Don’t worry, it’s tolerant to summer heat.

Plant your citronella around the patio and near the porch. One plant covers a ten square foot area.

2. Lemon balm

Lemon balm belongs to the mint family. It has incredible healing power and it can also repel mosquitoes. Lemon balm also attracts butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Crush a few leaves and rub them on your skin.

Grow lemon balm near the back door. But be careful, it’s invasive, so you may want to plant it in a pot. It’s resistant to drought and reseeds itself.

3. Catnip

Cats like it, mosquitoes hate it. According to experts, it’s one of the best insect repellents you will ever use.

Nepetalactone is a natural chemical that gives catnip its repelling power. It’s the same chemical that attracts cats. A study has shown that catnip is 10 times more effective than DEET when it comes to repelling mosquitoes. Cats like catnip a lot, and they will even lie on it. Don’t plant it near your fancy flower because your feline friends will crush them all.

Catnip repels mosquitoes close to it, so try to rub a few leaves on your exposed skin to protect yourself.

4. Marigold

Pyrethrum is a compound found in marigold and it’s common in insect repellents. According to a “screened cage method,” the repellent action of marigold and myrtle demonstrate high repellent action when compared to DEET. Plant marigolds near your entrance and keep a few pots on your windows.

5. Basil

Basil is an excellent natural mosquito repellent. It releases its scent without being crushed. A 2011 study released in the Malaria Journal confirmed that essential oils provide a 100% mosquito protection.

You can add it to your savory dishes. Basil grows well in pots, and you can always crush a few leaves and rub them on your skin to keep mosquitoes away.

6. Lavender

It has been used for its calming effect, and now it’s time to use it against mosquitoes. You may find its smell really pleasant, but truth is, mosquitoes hate lavender. Plant it in your garden and near your doors and windows. Rub it on your skin to stimulate the essential oils.

In this way you will enjoy its pleasant aroma and great colors. Dried lavender will keep bugs away, too.

7. Peppermint

It smells great and you can use it as an insecticide to get rid of mosquitoes. A study released in the Malaria Journal revealed that peppermint has a strong repellent action. It also offers larvicidal and mosquito repellent action.

A solution of peppermint oil and water was able to kill mosquito larvae in 24 hours. Crush a few leaves and rub them on your skin.

8. Garlic

You will have to eat a lot of garlic to ward off mosquitoes. However, you can just grow some garlic and keep mosquitoes away. In this way you will have regular supply of garlic for your delicious food. Grow it in your garden or flowerbed.

9. Pennyroyal

Plant pennyroyal around your home and keep a vase of fresh plants in your home. Pennyroyal belongs to the mint family and it’s invasive. Plant it in big pots or control its growth by using a hard border. It grows well indoors and outdoors.

10. Rosemary

We use it to give our dishes a nice flavor. However, rosemary is an excellent mosquito repellent. It likes full sun and enough water. Rosemary works well when planted in pots. You can cut off a few stalks and keep them around to repel mosquitoes.

Fancy picnics? Throw a few rosemary stalks in the fire to keep mosquitoes away.

11. Scented geranium

Use geraniums with a lemony scent. It’s pretty similar to citronella and works well against mosquitoes. Geraniums have great blooms and they will make your garden pretty. They like warm, sunny and dry climate. If you live in a cold climate area, grow geraniums in planters. Don’t forget to prune them regularly.



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