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Plants That Naturally Keep Mosquitoes Away

People are always looking for ways to keep mosquitoes away from them. Besides just being a nuisance and causing itchy bites on your skin, mosquitoes can also transmit dangerous diseases such as malaria, Zika, and West Nile virus. You can use repellents, but these often have harsh chemicals that themselves can be the source of health issues. And since Tick Killz is all about natural products to keep pests away, we are here to talk about plants that guard off mosquitos. It may be a good alternative to keep your property protected without the harsh chemicals.

Mosquitoes are attracted to certain odors in human skin, and even more attracted when we sweat. Likewise, mosquitoes are also repelled by certain smells, both due to an unpleasant aroma to the insect or the fact that these smells mask the human smell that they are attracted to. Citronella candles are common example of this principle, and it turns out there are many types of plants that can be used similarly to mask your smell and drive away mosquitoes.

Mosquito-repelling plants can be simply planted and left to do their job, but are even more effective if you crush the leaves and rub them on your skin, as they will release oils and scents that can effectively be rubbed on your body. Here are a few plants that can be used to repel mosquitoes.

  • Basil – According to studies, the essential oil produced from this herb is toxic to mosquito larvae. Growing basil around a still, natural water source can help control the amount of eggs being laid nearby.
  • Lemon Balm – A member of the mint family, this plant has a subtle lemon scent that can help ward off pests. Lemon balm is an invasive species, so be careful when growing it in your garden, or just plant it in a pot.
  • Lavender – Lavender can repel mosquitoes, moths, and flies, and is an effective repellent when rubbed on your skin to release the oils.
  • Catnip – Catnip contains a natural chemical called nepetalactone, which acts as an insect repellent. However, catnip also attracts cats so this may not be the best option for an outdoor garden.
  • Peppermint – This plant is used as an insect repellent when in its concentrated form, which can also kill the eggs of several insect species, including mosquitoes.
  • Citrosum – Also known as “Mosquito Plant”, this plant gives off a strong citronella scent. However, despite its nickname and familiar repellent scent, some research suggests that it is the least effective garden plant for mosquito control.
  • Rosemary – Burning rosemary will give off a pleasant smelling smoke that will repel insects, provided you’re within range of the smoke.


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