Plant These 10 Plants and Mosquitos Will Be Gone!
Who likes mosquitos? No one, right? Mosquitoes not only produce an itchy welt, but they carry diseases like Zika as well. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are attracted to warm-blooded beings such as humans and pets because of odors transmitted through the skin.This means that the best way to repel mosquitoes is to trick them into thinking you smell unpleasant. In this post, learn about 10 plants that will keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Plant #1: Basil.
If you want to route out mosquitos at their source, attack their larvae. Basil does just this – it has been tested and found effective as a toxin to kill larvae and mature adult mosquitoes.
There are different varietals of basil, but the most powerful include lemon and cinnamon basil. You can crush the leaves and rub them right onto your skin for maximum impact.
Plant #2: Catnip.
The household feline will thank you (and thank you) for planting catnip. But the mosquitoes sure won’t! What most people don’t know is that catnip and peppermint are cousins. Nepetalactone, one of the active components in catnip, is a great natural mosquito repellant.
Plant #3: Lavender.
Lavender’s oil is toxic to mosquitoes and disliked by pests such as moths and flies as well. Planting lavender will absolutely help keep mosquito hoardes at bay, but for the very best protection, you can crush the leaves and rub their oils right onto your skin (you will also smell great to other humans after you do this).
Plant #4: Rosemary.
Rosemary has been tested and verified by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a potent toxin against mosquitoes. You can dry the rosemary leaves and then boil them in water to release their oils and spritz on skin. You can also use live fresh cuttings as a repellant.
Plant #5: Peppermint.
Peppermint has all of its cousin catnip’s potency at repelling mosquitoes, and it is also anathema to several other noxious insects (adults and larvae) as well. There are even some commercial preparations that feature peppermint essential oil in concentrated amounts as the main ingredient for this reason.
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Plant #6: Sage.
Both sage and rosemary make a great mosquito repellant when rubbed over coals that are then lit. Sage and rosemary scented smoke is particularly distasteful to mosquitoes in search of a meal.
You can also burn sage leaves on their own to repel mosquitoes. For best results, bundle a group of fresh or dried sage stalks together and burn them in a firesafe area.
Plant #7: Citrosum.
Citrosum is more commonly marketed as “citronella.” But citrosum, oddly enough, is perhaps the least effective of the 8 plants listed here. However, it has some minimal ability to keep adult mosquitoes at bay (especially if they aren’t that hungry).
Plant #8: Lemon balm.
Lemon balm is another member of the peppermint and catnip family. It smells absolutely wonderful – to humans. But young and adult mosquitoes find its powerful lemony odor distasteful. For the most powerful scent, crush the fresh leaves and then rub them on your skin.
Plant #9: Marigolds.
Marigolds are not only beautiful flowers, but they emit an odor that is repugnant to mosquitos. You can plant them in small pots and place them around your garden to repel mosquitoes and other insects.
Plant #10: Geraniums.
In the same way that planting marigolds in small pots around your garden can send mosquitoes packing, geraniums can pack a powerful punch to aid in the effort.
For each of these 10 plants, the most important mosquito-repelling tip is that just planting them is not typically enough to keep the skeeters away (marigolds and geraniums excepting). Rather, “crush and rub” is the key to ensuring you won’t get bitten!