As the spring season comes so do the annoying insects that buzz near your ears. Get rid of mosquitoes without going to the path of using chemical-laden products. Here are natural ways to repel those blood-sucking insects with the use of plants:
1. Citronella Grass
The distinctive smell of citronella grass has always been known to repel mosquitoes. This is a low maintenance plant that you can place in large planters since it cannot live in frosty regions. Plant in a sunny area and keep those mosquitoes at bay.
Basil contains essential oils that are commonly used in sprays that repel mosquitoes. It makes sense that having this plant near your home can keep those bugs away.
3. Lemon Grass
This has citronella just like in citronella grass that is actually natural oil with the ability of repelling mosquitoes.
Place this plant on the border of your garden or lawn and they will emit a smell that can prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. Make sure to plant marigolds in a fertilized soil that can receive full sunlight.
This plant is great for those who don’t have pets, especially cats. Catnips are plants that you should place in an area that attracts mosquitoes. For instance, you can place it behind or next to a plant that mosquitoes find appealing and catnip will work as a deterrent.
If you live in an area near a coast or you have dry climates, horsemint is a great way to get rid of mosquitoes that enter your home. It works almost exactly like citronella grass, but it is more resilient as it can withstand sandy soil, salty air, and dry climates.
If you are looking for a plant that can live no matter what the weather is, ageratum is one to try. This plant has the ability to secrete scents that can be offensive to insects, including mosquitoes.
There are herbs that can naturally repel mosquitoes and one of them is garlic. Plant them in an area where there are a lot of mosquitoes and you will soon see the difference. Other choices for herbs include rosemary, lemon grass, and basil.
If you have lavender in your garden, you will notice that insects and even animals, such as rabbits do not go near this plant. The secret behind this is the lovely fragrance that is found on its leaves. It is believed that the popular plant used for essential oils can hinder the mosquitoes’ ability to smell.
Using plants to get rid of mosquitoes can be more effective when you place them strategically in areas where mosquitoes can enter your home.