Mosquitoes can be a real pestilence. Anyone who lives in an area with a high population of mosquitoes knows how annoying they can be. Mosquito bites can be infuriating, and will soon leave you with itchy sores all over your hands and feet where they bite.
Mosquitoes often carry deadly diseases such as dengue, malaria, etc. These diseases are spread almost exclusively by mosquitoes, and you can never be sure whether the mosquito infestation that is pestering you every night isn’t carrying these diseases.
There are many ways you can get rid of mosquitoes. You can use sprays and mosquito coils to kill these insects. But these are toxic, and long term you affects your health too. You can use bug zappers, which are not really that effective. At the end of the day, mosquitoes require long term solutions, like removal of stagnant water pools where they breed and lay eggs.
An unique way to control mosquitoes are a few herbs and plants that act as mosquito repellants.
The following is a list of seven plants that seem to have this mosquito repellant effect:
BASIL [ TULSI ]
Basil emits its aroma without crushing the leaves, so you can grow basil in pots and put them in your backyard to control mosquitoes. To keep the mosquitoes away from your body, rub a handful of crushed basil leaves on your skin. Any variety of basil can repel mosquitoes but it is advisable to use lemon basil cinnamon basil and Peruvian basil since they have the strongest fragrances.
Valued for its flowers and its fragrance, lavender makes an excellent mosquito repellant. The lavender plant is fairly easy to grow as it needs less care. To make a chemical-free mosquito solution, just mix lavender essential oil in water and apply directly on your skin. To control mosquitoes, keep the lavender plant pots around seating areas on your patio, backyard and garden. You can ensure yourself of blissful evenings.
Lemon balm also keeps the mosquitoes at bay as its leaves contain citronella compounds in large amounts. The citronella plant is popularly used in commercial mosquito repellants and there is up to 38% citronella content in some varieties of lemon balm. You can grow lemon balm in your garden and allow them to proliferate, leaving less room for mosquitoes to thrive. To keep mosquitoes at bay, you can also rub crushed lemon balm leaves on your skin.
Rosemary is a herb that is often used in culinary efforts, to great effect. However, the plant contains an oil that seems to be unbearable to mosquitoes, and a few pots of rosemary can easily keep mosquitoes out and well away. Rosemary thrives in warm climates. If it gets really cold in winter where you leave, you have to take the rosemary plants in for the winter. They will work as well from the inside in repelling mosquitoes.
Besides being an eccentric choice for cat lovers due to its ability to put our feline pets in a euphoric state, catnip has the ability to repel mosquitoes as a member of the mint family. Simply grow catnip near the backyard or patio of your house. Cats love the aroma of catnip put catnip leaves around your household for them to crush and eat, thereby releasing its fragrance to ward off mosquitoes. You can also crush fresh leaves then rub it all around your skin
Marigolds are beautiful looking, but they don’t smell that great. However, they are not that bad smelling to be deterring, even if you are sitting next to them. However, marigold is a powerful mosquito deterrent, as well as a deterrent for other pests and snakes. You can grow some in your garden to keep garden pests away.
Citronella candles are well known. These candles can be lit to get rid of mosquitoes. The candles are infused with citronella oil that keeps mosquitoes well away. You can just as well grow citronella grass to get rid of mosquitoes. These plants grow up to 6 feet tall in tropical climates, so if space is an issue for you, this may not be the mosquito deterrent of your choice.
PEPPERMINT AND OIL
An oil that commonly helps combat indigestion and nausea, this is also great for mosquito deterring. Additionally, it helps deter pesky mice and other insects too. It also grows quite prettily in beds, and you can always pick some up for a delicious peppermint tea.
EUCALYPTUS AND OIL
Eucalyptus is quite famous for its mosquito deterring properties. It is really good at keeping mosquitoes well away.