Mosquitoes invite into our homes all year! Despite many innovations and solutions implemented, the sting of its bugs still remains a concern for many people. Especially those exposed to mosquitoes carrying dengue or chikungunya.
Therefore, natural insecticides are resurfacing today with repellent plants against mosquitoes. Pretty to look and smell nice, they help to push the villains flying without exposing the inhabitants of the house to chemicals.
Discover 12 mosquito plants that protect you from nasty bites!
1 – Citronella
This plant is well known for its many virtues for human health. Citronella is a plant whose leaves smell pushed the mosquitoes. You can also apply a lemony spice on your skin to avoid bites when you leave home.
2 – Lemon verbena
Lemon verbena is often grown in pots or planter, in combination with other herbs. This species is also known for its anti-mosquito effectiveness. Moreover, there is evidence that some other plants containing citronella, lemongrass as basil, lemon thyme or lemon balm, also possess this same virtue repulsive against insects.
3 – Allium
This plant family includes garlic, onion or chives … The various plants of this family have the distinction of having a repellent property against mosquitoes. You can use essential oils applied to the skin and cultured in the garden or in pots. With their scents, mosquitoes will move away from your environment.
4 – Pyrethrum
Commonly referred to as “Dalmatian Pyrethrum”, this plant includes the family of Asteraceae. Pyrethrum is a herbaceous plant, known as an insect repellent. He has the ability to attack the nervous system of many insects, including mosquitoes. With its repellent effect against these, you can use it in powder form to protect your home.
5 – Lavender
Lavender is a medicinal plant whose properties have been recognized since ancient times. decorative plant and multi-purpose, it has a smell that strongly dislike mosquitoes. You can install the lavender plants on your patio or inside the house to repel flying in your home.
6 – Mint
Belonging to the family Lamiaceae, mint is a very fragrant and aromatic plant has many medicinal properties.
Please be aware that peppermint oil is also very effective against mosquito breeding. According to a study by Indian researchers, peppermint oil is a powerful remedy against mosquito larvae. By spreading the substance on the breeding ponds, it is possible to destroy 85% of the larvae in one day. The same study to show the effectiveness of peppermint oil against all diseases transmitted by the bites of these insects.
7 – The Neptune Plant
Both decorative and protective, its maintenance is easy and does not require water or land. Neptune plant has the distinction of generating odorous secretions that repel mosquitoes. To use, simply place it where you want to keep insects away. Although it tolerates moderate solar radiation, it is rather advisable to put in the shade to enjoy its benefits.
8 – Geranium
Also called pelargonium, geranium is a herbaceous plant of the family Geraniaceae. Its foliage generally has a pleasant fragrance depending on the variety (tangerine, lemon, rose, coconut …). Geranium and lemongrass is often used as mosquito plant.
To use the geranium optimally, it must crumple its leaves and apply this aggregate on the parts of your body (neck, legs, hands, etc.).
9 – The Aurone
The aurone is a plant of the Asteraceae family. Used as a condiment or ornamental plant, it is also a powerful natural insecticide. Indeed, smell repels mosquitoes and wasps. So you can just drop a small bunch dried in the house to hunt vermin.
10 – The Ornamental Tobacco
It is a perennial plant that usually grows in pots or in the garden. The ornamental tobacco has the feature to generate a pleasant odor that becomes stronger in the evening. This odor acts as a mosquito in the garden or inside the house.
11 – The Woodruff
The woodruff is part of the family of plants called “Rubiaceae”. It is a plant whose scent is highly valued for its medicinal properties. The woodruff is known for its repulsive power against all types of flying insects (mosquitoes, wasps, hornets …).
It can be grown in the garden or in pots on your patio. You can also drop a small bunch dried inside your home to block mosquitoes.
12 – Absinthe
Absinthe is an aromatic plant of silver gray color whose smell repels mosquitoes and wasps. Once dried, leaves and flowers are an effective insecticide inside and outside the house.
In addition to anti-mosquito plants, think to eliminate any factor conducive to the reproduction of these insects around your home, such as stagnant water. With these 12 plants, you now have all the key tips to fight against mosquitoes and enjoy the weather outside your home.