Plants that repel mosquitoes

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While spring is arguably the best time of year to be out in the garden, help could be at hand with certain plants having the ability to repel mosquitoes. Although some species of plants can deter these insects to some extent, they are not a foolproof solution for preventing biting insects.

How can plants deter mosquitoes?

Those aromatic fragrances we appreciate from our plants, mosquitoes aren’t really so fond of them. They might not seem strong to us, but the aromatic oils found in the leaves of plants actually help to both repel mosquitoes and mask the scent that people produce, that makes us so attractive to them.

What plants help to repel mosquitoes?

So to help keep your warmer months as mosquito free as possible, use these plants in your home and garden to help ward off these biting insects.

Lavender

Who doesn’t love the smell of lavender, but did you know this fragrant herb belongs to the mint family Lamiacea? Well, it turns out mosquitoes don’t like it much. It’s hard to believe that a scent that is used in a range of products from hand lotion to washing powder is detested by mosquitoes; it is also believed to even hinder their ability to smell us.

Citronella

Some research has shown that the aroma from citronella plants can help repel mosquitoes. However, this only works to a certain extent. You would need to immerse yourself in a jungle of citronella plants for this to be a 100% effective solution!

Basil

Basil makes great pesto, but did you know it can also help repel mosquitoes? Certain chemicals found in basil plants are known to work at keeping mosquitoes at bay. Although it may seem like a heavenly smell to us, is something quite unpleasant to biting insects. Recent research suggests that basil (Ocimum basilicum) contains four mosquito repelling substances – estragole, citronellal, limonene and nerolidol. However, as with all plant extracts, basil is not a 100% guaranteed fix for a mosquito problem.

Marigolds

Marigolds are easy-to-grow flowers, believed to be effective in repelling mosquitoes. It is argued that their scent, and its essential oils, helps to not only keep your home and garden safe from mosquitoes but aphids too!

Catnip

Catnip is related to the mint plant. It is used as a natural mosquito repellent as it contains the chemical nepetalactone. However, this chemical is also the reason why cats love it so much. So be careful; although this plant might help to repel mosquitoes you might also end up with a gathering of cats and have a little more cleaning up to do in your garden.

How to get rid of mosquitoes

Although plants do have the ability to help deter mosquitoes to varying degrees, they are not a complete solution. Mosquitoes can breed in any wet/damp areas, in the smallest amount of water.

Tips on how to prevent mosquito breeding sites around your home can be found in this blog, ‘7 simple ways to prevent mosquitoes at home’.

The best way to keep your property safe from mosquitoes is by enlisting the help of a pest control professional. Engage them to conduct Mosquito Knockdown programs for a one-off service, or for seasonal control, schedule regular visits with a Mosquito Management program. This way, the use of Larvicide and Adulticide will address several stages of the mosquito lifecycle. Have a chat with the Experts today.

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Kathryn Birett

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