Mosquito Repelling Plants
There are trees and shrubs that can go a long way in keeping your house free of mosquitoes naturally. Not all the plants and shrubs lead to the breeding of mosquitoes. Linked to the diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, elephantiasis and many more vectorborne diseases mosquitoes are a big menace to humanity. Most of us turn to chemical insecticides to kill mosquitoes, but these chemical agents have been known to cause allergic reactions in some and simply harmful to others. So to avoid all the trouble, here I am giving the benefit of growing certain plants to keep the mosquitoes away.
AGERATUM FLOWERS emit a smell which mosquitoes find particularly offensive. Coumarone, a fragrant organic chemical found in this plant is used in mosquito repellents. Growing these plants can keep the mosquitoes away.
HORSEMINT OR LEMON BEE BALM also contains strong incense like odour which confuses mosquitoes by masking the smell of its usual hosts. This plant grows very fast and does not require much water. The scattered seeds grow on their own. If you place two-three pots of these plants near your chairs in your garden, you can enjoy the evening tea without the bothering of mosquitoes.
ROSEMARY not only gives flavour to your soups and vegetables but also drives away the dreaded mosquitoes from your house. It grows very easily with less water. You can grow this in your kitchen too.
CATNIP OR CATMINT is a natural mosquito repellent. Nepetalactone oil in catnip is said to be ten times more effective than the mosquito repellents. This chemical is found in most insect repellents. The reason for the effectiveness to ward off mosquitoes is not known. The chemical might be acting as an irritant or they don’t like the smell. This grows like wild grass and if you have in your garden, mosquitoes dare not come near you. The fragrance also makes the cats go crazy and roll on the ground.
CITRONELLA is the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents. The distinctive citronella aroma is a strong smell which masks other attractants to mosquitoes, making it harder for them to find you. Though citronella scented candles, torches and scented plants are available, the living plant is more effective because it has a stronger smell.
MINT OIL contained in mint leaves act as mosquito repellent. You can apply the mint extract on your body or place the shrub in a pot outside your window to repel mosquitoes.
TEA TREE OIL is a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent and is perfect to drive away mosquitoes. The odour and its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties help prevent mosquitoes from biting you and drive them away. You can rub this oil on your skin or use a few drops of the oil to a vaporizer. The powerful scent of this oil keeps the mosquitoes at bay.
GARLIC with the strong and pungent odour is known to prevent mosquito bites and prevents them from entering your home. Crush up few pods of garlic boil it in water and use the water to spray around the room you want to keep mosquito free.
MARIGOLD plants have a distinctive smell which mosquitoes find particularly offensive. Pyrethrum a compound found in marigold is used in insect repellents. Potted marigolds can be placed near the entrances and common entry points such as open windows. The smell may deter mosquitoes from going past this barrier.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna