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Aren’t you a real pest magnet if you reading this or you probably know someone who itches so much that it is noticeable. Well, you have come to the absolute right place where these basic plants you can either grow or buy them.
Some are your herbal plants while others are ornamental and carnivores. When I say carnivores don’t worry they aren’t eating humans but are chewing down other insects. It’s their basic food chain.
First, come the herbal plants. Herbal plants not only keep the pests away but many like peppermint, rosemary, and basil help you in your cooking too.
13 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
1. Garlic (Allium Sativum)
One way to use garlic is by chopping tiny bits and spreading it into the living area or in any corner where mosquitoes are largely found in. You can also mix some crushed garlic with natural aromatic oils or essential oils and apply them to your body. These oils soothe your body and soften the skin.
This herbal plant has been used since ancient times due to its sweet fragrance which is loved by us. But on the contrary, this fragrance is detested by moths, flies, and mosquitoes. Keep the plants at the entrance of your home. Tie some lavender flowers and decorate your house near the windows to keep the insects from entering.
Also, you can extract some oils from its flowers and apply them on your exposed skin while going to the patio or garden. An added benefit to all this is that lavender nourishes your skin by adding a cool and calm effect and also helps you sleep better.
This herb is an all-time favorite of mine and many others. This strong-smelling herb tastes delicious in salads and other varieties of foods.
Basil has to be grown in any container or pot and keep it near the areas where insects are quite often found. Keep the plant moist and see to it, it gets direct sunlight along with good drainage.
Mint repels mosquitoes the most. It also repels and keeps other plants insect-free. It is preferred to grow this plant in containers and not on the ground because mint spreads rapidly.
The aromatic oils can be extracted from its leaves and squeezed out into some apple cider vinegar and cheap vodka to make a repellent.
5. Lemon Thyme
This widely grown plant has nothing to do with lemons but everything to keep the mosquitoes away!! This hardy herb thrives in any kind of soil whether it is soft soil or dry and rocky.
Even your herb garden is not a bad place to grow it or stand as a garden frontier provided it gets plenty of sunlight. The only downfall is that the plant itself doesn’t repel mosquitoes but you have to work a little bit harder to do so.
This needs you to bruise the leaves to release the chemicals repelling mosquitoes. To bruise the leaves you have to rub a few stems in your hand after cutting them. Do not rub severely as it can damage your skin.
First, check your tolerance by simply rubbing the leaves on your elbow for a few days to see whether the properties of the plant adversely affect you or no.
The fragrance and taste of peppermint are hated by insects thus you can plant it around your home. If you have been bitten already, with peppermint you can reduce the itchiness and the redness.
Just rub the peppermint leaves on the bites. This will do the work! Peppermint also adds great taste to food and beverages.
The oils of rosemary are used by home cooks which are unpleasant to insects and mosquitoes. A home-made repellent spray can be made using rosemary.
For this, you will need to boil around 1-2 quart of dried rosemary in 1-2 quart of water for roughly 20-30 minutes. Strain this liquid in a half a gallon container having one-quart cool water. Refrigerate this and use it as a spray.
Sage as a plant describes word the best! It’s a perennial plant like rosemary and can be grown in your backyard which will increase the beauty.
While camping in the forest or even while making some s’mores in your backyard itself throw some sage leaves in the fire. Burning the leaving releases the aroma of the plant which spreads in the air repelling the insects especially mosquitoes.
Now come the ornamental plants. These plants are not only repellers but also can be used for decorative purposes in houses, flower bouquets, gardens, and your own backyards!
You should grow alliums especially if you have a vegetable garden. These flowers not only keep the insects away but also prevent them from eating your crop.
They also keep aphids away from rose bushes. A few examples of alliums include herbs such as chives and garlic chives, shallots and leeks.
Pyrethrum is the sole ingredient found in these flowers which keeps the insects away. This ingredient is so effective that it kills flying as well as jumping insects and is used in aerosol bombs and pet shampoos.
These flowers are helpful in making repellent sprays, but you need to know that pyrethrum has proven to be carcinogenic to humans. So be cautious.
3. Floss Flowers
Blooming in the summer so attractively in blue, pink and white; this plant only attracts insects to repel them with the chemical Coumarin even present in Sweetgrass.
Insects detest these chemicals since they are toxic and can easily kill them.
These plants are pretty much found everywhere and are common but they have some really big extraordinary skills. Not only they act as repellants to your home but also to other vegetable plants like tomatoes. Marigolds are known to spur up other plants and flower bushes like roses.
Lastly, we have the carnivore plants. These plants are known to feed on insects and keep your garden, backyard, and patio clean. Don’t worry these plants do not harm you. It is very important to first have full knowledge of these plants before nurturing them in your backyard!
1. Pitcher Plants
These plants lure insects into their “pitchers” through their fragrance, color, and nectar. Once the insects are attracted they die of exhaustion trying to get out of the water in the plant.
Then the plant indigests them. These plants need sunlight and need to be kept moist. They can be grown in pots or containers which are kept in water saucers.
Now you know how easy it is to keep mosquitoes and insects away. And even planting such beautiful and fragrant plants is an easy job to do!