5 Mosquito Plant Repellents to Have In and Around Your Home

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By Yvonne Holterman

Almost anywhere in the world you would find several plant species that would ward them off. There are a variety of plants that repel mosquitoes, which includes wild and cultivated plant species.

It is important to note that it is compounds found within the plants that do the repelling. These compounds need to be released from the plant to unlock the mosquito-repelling qualities. Depending on the species of plant, they can be released by either crushing, drying, or infusing the plant into an oil or alcohol base that can be applied to skin, clothing, or living spaces. Others are best used as as a smudge, which releases the compounds in a smoke. Just standing near living plants that repel mosquitoes is often not effective.

HERE IS A LIST OF PLANTS

1: LEMON BALM:

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It is also popularly known as Horsemint – due to it is strong smell it has the ability to keep the insects and mosquitoes away. It is very much similar to a famous plant called Citronella grass. Do not worry; you will not lose the butterflies and other birds due to it. This kind of plant grows effectively and requires lesser care, so you can handle easily too.

2: MARIGOLDS:

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Have you ever thought that the most popular flowerbed ingredient can be a natural mosquito repellent too? The marigold, which you plant during the summer and spring, can help you at best. However, many yet do not know that it kills the mosquitoes and related unwanted bugs. You can keep them in all those areas, which are prone to mosquitoes.

3: CATNIP:

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It is a medicinal herb, and the fact remains unknown to many. Although a cat loves them; but for mosquitoes, it’s their community murderer. The oil that the plant contains is said to have 10 times stronger ability to kill bugs than a normal ‘DEET’. It acts as finest natural insects repellent and tries to keep the garden free from intruders. You can put the catnip in the deck or patio, but it might be a symbol to attract neighboring felines.

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4: CITRONELLA GRASS

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It is one of the ingredients that all the commercial DEETs and mosquito repellents have as necessity. Why not grow some in your garden for feasibility proposes? This would keep on repelling bugs and insects easily – make sure you keep the pots in colder places. Citronella grass is sensitive to colder climatic conditions.

5: BASIL

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Worried how to repel mosquitoes naturally? Simply get your garden area some pots of basil, and you are done. It belongs to the family of powerful, pungent herbs that can perfect companions to keep the bugs away.

ADDITIONAL CULTIVATED PLANTS THAT REPEL MOSQUITOES:

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Marigolds (Tagetes spp.)
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus spp.)
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Lavendar (Lavandula angustifolia)

WILD PLANTS THAT REPEL MOSQUITOES

Nodding onion (Allium cernuum)
Wild bergamot (Mondarda fistulosa)
Snowbrush (Ceonothus velutinus)
Sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina)
Cedars (Thuja spp.)

Sources:
bestplants
wildernesscollege
theselfsufficientliving

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Yvonne Holterman

YVONNE HOLTERMAN

Yvonne has always been curious of the world around me. She takes people’s interest at heart. From an early age she developed psychic abilities, but likes to class herself as a guidance councilor. Her motto is: what doesn’t kill you makes you strong! More PostsWebsite – Facebook

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