Plants that repel mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are quite awful insects because on top of the annoying sound they make that is unpleasant and will haunt you long after no mosquitoes are present anymore, they bite and suck our blood leaving itchy read marks in best case scenario and infecting us with one of the many viruses they can carry in worst case scenario. And although mosquito foggers are the ultimate and most efficient way how to get rid of mosquitoes, you can also try and plant a few of these plants around your house or garden that are natural mosquito repellants. So let’s find out what plants repel mosquitoes!

Cat Nip

This plant that is favorite among all cats is not only a cat drug but an effective mosquito repellant. Many studies cave been conducted to figure out whether cat nip really repels mosquitoes and the results suggest that this little plant might be even more efficient than DEET that is used in most insect repellents that we can purchase. These are very good news because DEET although quite effective at repelling mosquitoes is also very toxic but cat nip is natural and efficient.

! Word of caution to cat owners though, if you decide to grow cat nip, please make sure that the cat has a safe environment where to play with the cat nip, because you don’t want any cat nip induced accidents to happen for example damaging the other nearby plants or breaking the pot the cat nip is in. !


Another plant that is quite famous for its mosquito repelling qualities is citronella (citronella winterianus). You can say that this plant is the original bug repellant because with its lemony scent it will send most insects and bugs crawling far away from the place the citronella is being grown. Citronella grass also is one of the main ingredients used into making commercial bug repelling candles and sprays, which only shows that it does work as a repellant. However, citronella plant itself does not repel mosquitoes, but oils obtained form its leaves does. So when you ask what plants repel mosquitoes, you should say the oil from citronella grass.


Although most people associate lavender with nice and calming scent that helps you relax, it actually is proven to be quite efficient mosquito repellant too. In addition to its nice scent and beautiful purple flowers, it can repel mosquitoes, because they opposite to us don’t like the lavender scent so they keep away from it.


Peppermint is quite famous for its great properties as herbal tea as well as for its fresh scent that is now used in many fields from cooking to beauty products, but the scent and taste for that matter also is quite strong and insects, mosquitoes included, absolutely despise the minty fresh scent, giving peppermint additional mosquito repelling features.


You have probably seen these yellow and orange flowers growing in gardens or in parks because they not only look very good but they also don’t require that much care. But Marigolds also have quite distinctive smell that are great at repelling insects, which is the reason that they too are used in many mosquito repellants, and the reason why mosquitoes won’t come near a house that have Marigolds planted around it.


Lastly, among the plats that repel mosquitoes is also basil, which is famous for its taste, because it is very common spice used in many different cuisines. It also is very easy to grow, because it can grow in virtually any conditions, but did you know that basil also have mosquito repelling properties? Yes it is true, so now on top of having fresh spice to add to your dishes you also have effective mosquito repellant.


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