Plants That Keep Mosquitoes Away
No matter what the season is, mosquitoes are found in every corner of our house. If you don’t want to douse yourself or your garden in chemical bug sprays you can grow some of the mosquito repellent plants to help keep mosquitoes away naturally. Here are a few plants to grow that repel mosquitoes and are also easy to grow for novice gardeners.
- Lavender – Though Lavender is an outdoor plant, you can still keep it inside where there is a lot of sunlight and proper airflow. It is a good mosquito repellent plant because of their lovely fragrance, which comes from its essential oils that are found on the leaves of the plant. The lavender oil hinders a mosquito’s ability to smell.
- Rosemary – This lovely plant is one of the most common herbs for cooking, but it is also an effective mosquito repellent. Rosemary has a woody smell that makes the mosquitoes run away. Water the plant properly and keep it in sunlight frequently. Don’t overwater the plant as it may clog its roots.
- Basil – Basil is a popular anti-mosquito indoor plant. The pungent smell the basil leaves give off are what keep pests at bay. Keep the Basil plant in moderate light and water it daily.
- Mint – Mint is a famous plant that has innumerable uses. It is also an excellent nontoxic option for keeping mosquitoes, flies and even ants away. The more pungent the aroma, the less bugs you’ll have. You can even dry the leaves and use them inside your home as a natural pest control method.
- Lemon Balm – Lemon Balm is a herb that has a very strong smell that keeps mosquitoes at bay. It is a citrus-scented plant that is a pleasant addition to your houseplant collection. To keep the plant in top leafy form, pinch out any flower buds that start to form. If you let it flower and go to seed, the leaves will lose their strong aroma and stop being much of a mosquito repellent.