Summer’s right around the corner and with the heat… comes pests! Spring rain puddles are a breeding ground for blood-thirsty mosquitoes. Not only are they annoying, but mosquitoes also carry deadly diseases, such as Zika virus, malaria, and West Nile.
While repellant sprays work, they’re not ideal for sensitive skin and can cause allergic reactions. A much safer alternative is to grow mosquito-repellant plants in and around your home. These plants release essential oils that deter mosquitoes among other pests. Read to learn about the 10 aromatic indoor plants that naturally repel mosquitoes.
Lavender is one aromatic plant that humans love, but mosquitoes detest. They make for a great indoor plant because they grow well in small planters. For the best results, place them near windows. Lavender’s also a bee-saving plant – another reason to love them!
While citronella has not been shown to be an effective deterrent as a growing plant, it can be crushed and rubbed onto the skin. The grass-like plant smells like lemons and adds a fragrant aroma to your garden.
Catnip contains nepetalactone, a chemical that mosquitoes hate. These plants also grow well in small planters. Plus, your cat will absolutely love it!
Rosemary naturally repels mosquitoes and can be kept in-house. The herb can also be dried and added to campfires to deter mosquitoes.
Basil is a herbaceous plant that deters many pests. It’s also a perfect herb to add to your home garden.
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Marigolds are a beautiful and bright addition to any garden. They contain pyrethrum, a chemical that is commonly found in insect repellant.
Mint’s strong aroma discourages mosquitoes from entering your home. It’s another edible herb that’s delicious in just about anything.
Lemon balm contains citronellal, a chemical also found in citronella. Once crushed you have a very potent insect repellant you can rub onto skin and clothes.
Citrosum is known as the “mosquito repellant plant” because of its strong scent. However, studies have shown the plant is not yet effective until crushed and rubbed over your skin. So if you grow citrosum, you’re basically growing your own natural bug repellant! #thrifty
Sage is a natural mosquito repellant. It can also be bundled and dried (about a week) to store for later use. Toss dried bundles into a fire pit to release an aroma that repels mosquitoes and other bugs.
Summer is a wonderful season, don’t let bugs get in your way!
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