We all enjoy summer but when we hear those small irritating mosquitoes buzz into our ears we start hating it. This is especially bad for those who have allergic reactions on them. There are many products in the stores against mosquito bites, but lots of people resort to using toxic chemicals. However, there are natural ways for keeping these insects from sucking your blood.
The mosquitoes, just like many other biting insects, are attracted by certain odors in the human skin, and that is the sweat. These plants will help you in masking the natural odor and repel mosquitoes.
We have 9 plants which will keep mosquitoes away and help you enjoy nature as you should.
The number of mosquito bites can be reduced up to 62% by the crushed leaves from this plant, according to a study from the Ontario’s University of Guelph.
Plants have the ability to defend themselves from intruders due to the fact that they are complex organisms which have been evolving for millions of years.
When it comes to keeping mosquitoes away, a study showed that catnip is even 10 times more effective than deet. So, this plant is an amazing mosquito repellant.
Lavender has a calming effect which will reduce your stress and tension, but it can also keep mosquitoes at bay. Keep one in your garden to protect yourself against the pests and have a steady supply of the plant for a relaxing cup of lavender tea.
Basil can be used in the kitchen and garden as well – plant cinnamon basil in a pot or your garden and you will get rid of mosquitoes forever.
Garlic is one of the healthiest ingredients that you can find but it has a strong smell. That smell is what will keep mosquitoes away from you because they cannot stand that smell. Just plant some in your garden and mosquitoes will be past for you. Besides protecting you from mosquitoes, planting garlic in your yard will protect your yard from different insects.
Besides making your garden look great, lemongrass is a natural mosquito repellent which contains an oil known as citronella. Citronella is used in almost all anti-mosquito candles and works by masking the smell of our skin. Plant some lemongrass around the edge of your yard to create a natural barrier against the pests.
7. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a plant which belongs to the mint family. Besides its ability to act as a mosquito repellent, this herb has many healing properties. It can help you to treat digestive issues, cramps, sleeping problems, and PMS.
Make sure to keep this plant in a good size pot, or a specific area because sometimes it can be a bit aggressive, and expand itself over your garden.
Besides that it can act as a mosquito repellent, this herb can be used in cleaning and cooking. And what is really great, it has the ability to boost your memory. According to the studies, if you inhale the scent of rosemary, you can boost your concentration and memory by 75%!
Marigolds are releasing an aroma known as pyrethrum and that is why it is really effective when it comes to the problem with mosquitoes.