Plants that are efficient in repelling mosquitoes and other insects

Mosquitoes are a nuisance. Other than being a distraction, they can also interrupt and spoil the fun of a great evening spent outdoors. They also pose a health hazard in terms of the innumerable mosquito borne diseases that one can catch.


There are several plants, which can naturally repel mosquitoes and other pests. Their fragrance acts as a means to block the receptors of these insects, keeping them at bay. These plants will not protect you 100% from mosquitoes but can help to a great extent.


Here is a list of Plants, which you can grow around your balcony, terrace, deck or garden


1) Lemongrass: Citronella, is a plant oil found in lemongrass. Citronella is a proven mosquito repeller.


2) Any plant with a lemon scent will also help keep insects away, e.g Lemon, Thyme, Lemon balm, or even lemon scented geraniums.

Lemon Grass

3) Marigold: Marigold efficiently keeps mosquitoes away, and also protects the vegetable growing plants from various other bugs and pests. 


4) Basil: While playing an important role in your kitchen, basil also works on keeping mosquitoes away.


5) Rosemary: Prevents all kinds of bugs and flies. Traditionally, roasting or grilling a few sprigs of rosemary, gives out a smoke, which helps in driving mosquitoes away.


6) Peppermint: Has a very strong fragrance, which repels mosquitoes and other pests like ants and even rats.



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