Mosquitoes are undoubtedly most annoying creature on Earth. Not only they refuse to leave you alone and keep sucking up your blood leaving you scratching furiously, they are also the carrier of some of the most deadly diseases like dengue. Not to mention the super-annoying humming sound which they produce next to our ears.
As we tend to spray mosquito-repellant spray endlessly, we guilt-fully and intentionally tend to overlook the side-effects of this fume in our homes and eventually in our lungs. Don’t you want to try a more sustainable, harmless and efficient way to shoo away these blood-sucking menace? Then bring home these mosquito-repellent plants and see the magic unfold.
Who does not love to chill out on the balcony during cool summer evenings? Admit it, how much you come out to spend some few quiet moments, you end up slapping yourself before running inside for safety.
Moreover, the insides are also not safe. No matter how much you spray anti-mosquito fumes, this flying creature still manages to thrive in the corners only to come out in the night and irritate you in your slumber.
Well, fret no more and let Ourtitbits introduce you to these amazing mosquito-repellent plants that are harmless, aesthetically-appealing, sustainable as well as easy on the pockets:
- Lemon Grass:
Do you know that Citronella, the natural oil present in the lemongrass is the main ingredient of mosquito repellant lotion and creams like Odomos? This easy to grow plant thrives well anywhere- be it a pot or in the ground in a sunny, well-drained location. The presence of lemongrass in your balcony is a good way to keep away the mosquitoes.
Bonus: You can also place the plant indoors for a couple of days in a corner to remove those hidden mosquitos. Better bring a pair of pots and keep circulating them one by one.
Yes, this winter wonder is also one of the most efficient mosquito-repellent plants. The fragrance of marigold shoos away aphids, mosquitoes, and even rabbits. Just place a plentiful of them in your balcony or plant in the border of your flower beds.
Bonus: When the flower blooms in winters, it is a sight to behold.
- Sweet Basil:
Place plenty of basil plants in by your house doors and in outdoor areas where you like to relax. In fact, you can make your own mosquito repellant lotion by boiling basil leaves in water for many hours and let it steep. Afterward, squeeze the leaves and apply the water on the exposed body parts to keep the blood-suckers away.
Bonus: Owing to its antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties apart from superb taste, you can enjoy basil leaves in fresh salads and pesto dishes.
Good news- the smell of lavender that you love so much repels mosquitos. Bring home a plant and place it indoors by the window where it can get some sunlight. The plant will not only keep the mosquito away but will also have a calming effect on you.
Bonus: Owing to its anti-depressant properties, a lavender-infused bath is a great way to relax and calm down our nerves after a hectic day.
Do you know the catnip plant is 10 times more effective than DEET, which is used in most of the mosquito repellents? And the best part is that the plant is easy-to-grow and won’t mind irregular watering.
Bonus: Your pet cat will love you more for bringing home this plant. However, be aware that a catnip plant in your garden will attract cats and other feline creatures in your yard.