It is that time of the year when mosquitoes are at peak. You need to keep yourself safe from their bites or else you might get infected with malaria, dengue, chikungunya like mosquito-borne diseases which may even claim your life! Better late than never. Place these plants in your residential premises to prevent these pesky mosquitoes from entering your house and attacking your loved ones. These plants have certain anti-mosquito chemicals that would keep these bloodsuckers at bay. Take a look at some of the easily available mosquito-repelling plants.
Tulsi or Basil
Tulsi is a plant with innumerable benefits out of which one is its property to repel insects. The natural aroma of this medicinal plant is toxic to mosquito larvae which thus, prevents mosquitoes from laying eggs. Also, if you drink tulsi milk daily, it will boost your immunity too. One plant, many uses.
If you think the marigold plant is good for producing bright yellow & orange flowers only, we want to tell you that it can also deter mosquitoes. The compound pyrethrum present in this plant is a natural insecticide and is used in a wide range of mosquito repellants.
Citronella extract has a very strong fragrance that would keep your home mosquito-safe. Citronella extract is widely used in mosquito repellants as well as aroma candles. This is a low-maintenance plant with high benefits.
While you may be aware of the therapeutic potential of the fragrance of lavender, it can also repel mosquitoes. If you grow them in your house, not only your home would sound heavenly but would also become mosquito-safe.
This plant is popularly called as horsemint or wild bergamot. This plant will bring a lot of pollinators to your house like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, etc.
Lemon balm is often associated with stress, digestion-related problems. But it can also restrict the entry of mosquitoes in your house if planted inside the house. Its citrusy fragrance is said to repel bugs, insects and mosquitoes.
Lemongrass is an amazing herb that is good for your health and bad for mosquitoes. It contains citral extract which is used in most of the mosquito repellants. However, pregnant ladies or nursing mothers are advised to stay away from this plant and its extract as it is found to cause birth defects in children.
This herb is a very famous seasoning and is used in a lot of culinary dishes. But it can also keep insects at bay. You can plant this plant in your house & kitchen garden or you may toss some rosemary leaves in the fire. The smoke would help kill all the mosquitoes present in the area.
This plant grows really fast and can cover your entire garden if unchecked. Though it is not as interfering as the other plants belonging to the mint family. Peppermint oil is largely used in mosquito repellants as its minty fragrance irritate mosquitoes and hence, they won’t come near to this plant.
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