Mosquitoes are a serious nuisance; from that terrible buzz near your ear when you’re trying to sleep, to the itchy, swollen bumps they leave after biting you. If you didn’t know, it’s only the females of the species who bite us. Male mosquitoes prefer to feed on nectar, generally avoiding humans.
Mosquitoes can also be a health risk – they can transmit diseases through their bite (including Malaria, Yellow Fever, West-Nile Fever, and more). In fact, mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than all the wars in our history combined.
You can buy gadgets and products that repel these nasty bugs, but they’re all temporary and can be irritating or dangerous. Instead, you can grow certain plants that repel mosquitoes naturally:
1. Lemon Verbena
This lovely plant has a light citrus scent and can be added to tea for both its flavor and its calming effect on the digestive system. You can plant it in the ground or in a deep pot and let it scare away those nasty bugs. Make sure it has a good supply of water and sunlight.
Cloves are the flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum plant. You can plant it around the yard to enjoy its mosquito-repelling properties, as well as use the cloves to spice up food.
Most common as an added flavor for tea, mint also has powerful mosquito-repelling properties. All species of mint are useful repellents. Mint needs sunlight and plenty of water to grow. You can plant it in your garden or in pots. If you choose to grow it in your garden, be aware that it tends to spread, and can sometimes take over and kill weaker plants.
A favorite herb for savory dishes, which is also a potent repellent. Plant it in your garden or in deep planters and let this lovely bush grow and take care of your mosquito problem.
5. Lemon Thyme
A natural mosquito repellent, lemon thyme is also a great herb for seasoning dishes. Plant it in pots to get lovely little plants around the house, or in your garden to control the mosquito population.
The scent of lavender is often a favorite for many people, and it's commonly used in aromatherapy for its soothing properties. For mosquitoes, however, it's a very strong repellent. Plant them in your garden or in pots in your house and enjoy the pleasant scent of the beautiful purple flowers.
7. Floss Flower
These lovely tiny flowers are superb at repelling mosquitoes. Make sure you only grow them in a pot, as they tend to overgrow in the soil and take over the entire garden. Make sure they're out of reach of children and animals, as they can be toxic.
8. Pitcher Plant
These carnivorous plants grow natural pitchers, filled with scented nectar to lure bugs in. Once the bugs get inside the pitcher, they can't get out again and are digested by the plant. Plant them in planters on your windowsill and enjoy their mosquito-capturing properties.
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