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Mosquitoes are not only annoying but can also be potentially dangerous to our health. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), ‘’Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in this world.’’ They bring with them deadly diseases such as Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria, etc.
But instead of using those chemical-based repellents which can be harmful to you and your loved ones, you can use these plants which will not only repel mosquitoes and many other pests but will also make your garden/home smell good.
Mosquito and many other pests use their sense of smell to navigate around the world and find their targets. What these plants basically do is that they block those receptors of these bugs, which help them in navigation.
11 Amazing Houseplants that Repel Mosquitoes and Other Pests
Lemongrass is not only well known for its culinary uses but also works pretty well in repelling mosquitoes. Citronella oil is well known for its mosquito repelling abilities. Lemongrass is the plant that produces this infamous oil.
Planting lemongrass both indoors in a pot as well as outdoors in the ground is a perfect way to deal with those tiny little monsters. In fact, almost any plant which has a lemony scent to it can do the job but lemongrass is highly preferable.
Even though millions of people all around America love the beautiful and soothing smell of Lavenders. But insects like mosquitoes, moths, flies, and many more absolutely hate it.
The best way to plant Lavenders is to keep them closer to the entrances of your house (but this is possible only if they’ll receive an ample amount of sunlight there). Otherwise, you can grow them in a large quantity in your garden area. This amazing plant will fill your home and life with its astonishing aroma and will make sure that no uninvited nasty little guests knock on your door.
Here’s another herb that is useful in the kitchen and can kill those blood-sucking mosquitoes. Basil has a pungent smell that is hated by pests. The best place to plant Basil is near still waters, where the most dangerous kind of mosquito’s live and reproduce (basil is the destroyer of mosquito eggs).
But that’s not the only place where you can plant it. You can even plant it in your garden or even around your swimming pool area.
Peppermint is quite well known for its therapeutic and culinary properties but did you know that it is a superb pest repellent? It is pretty toxic to mosquito larvae. The solid and distinct smell of peppermint is not only hated by mosquitoes but also by ants, rats, and spiders.
But keep in mind that just like other plants in the mint family, peppermint can also grow pretty rampantly. Hence the best way to contain their rapid growth is to plant them in pots.
Nepetalactone is the same chemical that mesmerizes a cat but at the same time is much more powerful than DEET when it comes to repelling mosquitoes, termites, ants, and cockroaches. Catnip grows super easily but at the same time is invasive, so make sure that you plant them in pots.
PS- Be sure that you don’t plant catnips around plants that can be easily damaged by the cats in your vicinity!
Rosemary can make your garden look gorgeous and at the same time can be used as a seasoning for a variety of recipes. But at the same time, it repels mosquitoes, vegetable bugs, and many other pests.
If you are barbequing out with your family or friends and bugs are trying to ruin your party, just throw some rosemary in the fire. Its amazing aroma will wish them all away.
Garlic is used in almost every major cuisine in the world and not only that it is also famous for its health benefits. But let me tell you, it is also pretty useful when it comes to repelling mosquitoes, codling moths, root maggots, and many other bugs. In fact, the best place to plant Garlic is next to your vegetable garden, as it will take care of all those nasty aphids and mosquitoes.
Words of caution- Garlic plants can be extremely toxic to cats and dogs.
Sage is well known for its spiritual purpose. But very few people know that it can also repel mosquitoes, ticks, and many other bugs. If you are planning to spend a night around a bonfire out in your backyard with your pals, then you can throw a plant or two into the fire. The amazing aroma will surely repel away any unwanted insects and will also set a lovely ambiance for your session.
Pyrethrum is an ingredient that is found not only in insect repellents but also in beautiful and easy to grow Marigolds. This ingredient helps in repelling mosquitoes, tomato hornworms, aphids, whiteflies, etc.
The best place to plant Marigolds is near and around the entrances from where mosquitoes sneak into your house. You can also plant them in your vegetable garden as it will protect the vegetable plants from nematodes, aphids, and other plant harming pests.
10. Pitcher Plants
Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants. They love eating insects like mosquitoes, ants, flies, beetles, etc. They emit a sweet smell that is loved by insects. Once the insects get deceived by the lovely smell, they get stuck in the pitcher, from where there is no way out for them. Insects are the main source of nutrition for pitcher plants (they don’t need any external fertilizers)
The best way to grow Pitcher plants is to plant them in pots around insect-prone areas. But keep in mind, pitcher plants don’t need too much water just a little bit of moisture does the job.
Petunias are easy to grow flowers that demand low maintenance and come in a variety of bright colors. The best part about these beautiful-looking flowers is that they repel a variety of insects such as aphids, leafhoppers, tomato hornworms, etc. They are so effective that people often call them “nature’s pesticide”. You can grow them both in your garden beds, as well as in flower pots.
Tip- If you love planting Tomatoes, grow Petunias around them and never worry about tomato hornworms again.