Be it in your room or your backyard, nobody enjoys the company of mosquitoes. Besides bringing quite a number of diseases and sting allergies, these skeeters can also cause damage to your plants.
Other than using toxic repellents and chemical products to drive away from the harmful insect, there are actually plenty of natural ways to deal with mosquitoes. Some plants act as a natural insect repellent.
These are few mosquitoes repelling plants you need to limit their population in your garden:
A study in 2011 noticed that basil essential oils are strong enough to exterminate countless insects including mosquitos, thanks to its naturally powerful smell. Grow them freely in your yard and its strong smell will keep mosquitoes at bay.
2. Lemon balm
This plant is good at attracting favorable insects like bees and butterflies and great at eliminating mosquitoes from your garden. Able to reseed itself and resistant to droughts, you can even rub crushed lemon balm leaves on the skin when bitten by a mosquito.
The peppermint smell is pleasant to us but insect hates it. A study revealed that peppermint plant contains the ability to kill not only mosquitos but its larvae too—all in under 24 hours of using it. Best external way to use peppermint is to mix it with water and rub it on the skin or other misquote-attracting surfaces.
Rich in a chemical called nepetalactone, catnip can easily eliminate insects while attracting your feline friends. Studies explain that catnip is even 10 times more effective than traditional mosquito repellent. You can use the plant to run on the skin and soothe irritating mosquito bites.
Its intense smell makes it a good mosquito repellent. A great addition to cooking, cosmetics, and a good fit indoor and outdoor, rosemary is able to exterminate insects. Burning rosemary can also be an effective way to ensure no mosquitoes buzzing in your yard.
By planting this in your garden and around your home, pennyroyal will ban insects from penetrating your home and your precious plants—hence, works amazing as insect repellent.
Can grow up to 6 feet, citronella needs plenty of sunshine and very effective in keeping mosquitoes away due to its fragrant nature.
Planting and growing garlic make a powerful insect repellent as it keeps the insects away. If you’re not keen on growing it in your garden, just simply add garlic to your flowerbeds and veggies as extra protection against insects and bugs.
If you’re fond of flowers, here are the flowers that you can grow in your garden that can act as mosquito repellents too.
With quite a similar effects to citronella, geranium’s potent scent immediately pushes the mosquitoes and bugs away from your garden.
Marigolds is a powerful insect repellent due to its Pyrethrum content. Studies explained that marigolds and myrtle alongside essential oils showed great success in eradicating mosquitoes. Best place for your marigolds in near your home entrance—block that mosquitoes from reaching your garden.
Besides bringing you a sense of relaxation, lavender makes an amazing mosquito and insect repellent. It’s easy to grow and best to have it planted alongside your other plants in the garden.
Besides the ones mentioned, there are more natural repellents that can help you get rid of mosquitoes and insects in your garden:
- Lemon eucalyptus
- Essential oils like coconut oil, soybean oil, and neem oil
Here is a great mosquito repellent recipe you can try:
1. You need 1 oz. carrier oil, 15 drops essential oil of your choosing (lavender is recommended), and a glass spray bottle.
2. Add essential oil and carrier oil in the bottle and shake well.
3. Spray it on skin before heading to your garden. Repeat this every 60-90 minutes.
You can start growing these and drive away those mosquitoes!