Best Plants That Repel Mosquitoes [2022]

Best Plants That Repel Mosquitoes [2022]

Best Plants That Repel Mosquitoes [2022]

We can all agree on how mosquitos are annoying little creatures. Not only do they have annoying buzz sound everywhere they go, but they could also be the host to some serious diseases like malaria, dengue, yellow fever, encephalitis, and more recently the West Nile and Zika viruses. That’s scary enough. Not to forget the itchy red marks they leave on your skin. Thousands of mosquito repellent chemical remedies are advertised by brands every day. But if you are a gardener don’t miss a chance to know how you can have your own natural yet very effective natural mosquito repellent inside your home or your little garden.

Best Plants That Repel Mosquitoes [2022]

Why not make your own natural collection of mosquito repellent herbs?
Let’s dwell on the list, shall we?

Lavender – Common Plant That Repels Mosquitoes

lavender has such a strong fragrance that you don’t even have to crush and rub it on your skin to repeal the mosquito. Consider growing them indoors and enjoy the heavenly fragrance that is not pleasant for mosquitoes at all.

Citrosa – The mosquito plant

Citrosa, the mosquito plant is highly recommended to keep mosquitoes away for it contains citronella oil, which is also the ingredient used for mosquito repelling candles made for outdoor use.

Lemon thyme

Meanwhile, lemon thyme contains the same amount of repelling chemicals as citrus does. Also, this plant is much easier to find.


Marigolds having an appealing color contains another feature of having a distinctive smell that can work as a repellent for mosquitoes.
Basil: as much as easy to care about, basil is yet another house plant well known for having a strong scent that deters mosquitos as well as flies. The more pungent the aroma, the fewer bugs you’ll have and basil has it all.

In addition to these, some other plants can work as best too.

  • Citronella/Scented geranium
  • Bee palm
  • Rosemary
  • Allium
  • Catmint
  • Sage
  • Mint

How to use mosquito repealing plant

Since the repelling plant you owe sits in your garden, it might show a very mild effect on mosquitos and other insects. So, most scientists agreed that applying it directly to the skin is rather effective. For that reason, while deciding to use a deterrent plant for mosquitoes you need to harvest a handful of mature leaves and crush them. Now rub the crushed leaves on the exposed part of your skin.
The property of volatile oil available in the leaves will keep the mosquitos from biting. Another way to use these plants is by smoking them out. Pick the branches of repellent plants and set them on fire to deter mosquitos. The smoke does keep the mosquitos away.

Note: Take time to do a skin test before rubbing leaves of the repealing plant over the body, no matter which plant you decide to use. Crush the leaf and rub it inside the elbow. Let it stay for 24 hours. If you do not feel any kind of irrational itching, rashes, and irritation you are good to go. If not you would like to find an alternative for the plant you chose.

These are the natural ways to keep the devilish creature to keep away. All of the above mention plants and techniques have been found effective to some extent.
Take a step to stay healthy in a natural way.
Happy gardening!

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