It’s a warm summer night, you have friends over for a BBQ, and everybody’s having a good time. It feels like nothing could go wrong, until you feel an itch on your leg, then your arm and all of a sudden you have become the nights main course as the mosquitoes come out to feast. Lucky for us, nature has provided 10 different plants that naturally repel the blood suckers.
By including the following plants in your garden you can enjoy your warm summer nights without being an all-you-can-eat buffet.
A common ingredient in most natural bug repellents, the citronella plant emits a pungent odour that is hard to miss, and can be used to repel mosquitoes and other bugs. Break off a bit of the plant, crush it, and turn it into a spray. You can even just rub it onto your skin. The citronella plant is quite a hardy plant, requiring full sun and light shade, making it the perfect addition to your garden.
Apart from being a culinary delight, Rosemary is an easy to grow and low maintenance plant that is more than just a flavor. Its fragrant foliage acts as a natural mosquito and bug repellant, and can be placed in pots or anywhere in your garden providing its in the sun.
Acting as a double agent, Basil is not only delicious but also an excellent natural mosquito and fly repellent. It is best planted into pots and placed around entrances to get the most out of it, just make sure it is partly or fully exposed to the sun.
Commonly found as an essential oil, lavender is a natural enemy to mosquitoes, fleas, flies and moths. You can also cut the plant into small bunches and place them into drawers and cupboards to repel moths. Lavender can pretty much grow in most soils and doesn’t require much maintenance apart from full sun exposure.
Are an excellent choice in the garden as Marigolds not only act as a natural mosquito repellent but also ward of microscopic worms that eat away at the root system of plants. They work well in conjunction with capsicums, potatoes and tomatoes. Marigolds are a hardy plant, and work best in garden beds where they are fully exposed to the sun.
Not only is Lemon Balm an excellent mosquito repellent it is also known to have many healing properties, works great as a herbal tea, and also attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies. The best way to use it as a repellent is to crush a handful of leaves in your hand and apply to any exposed areas of your body. Its drought resistant and hardy attributes make it the perfect addition to your garden bed.
Catnip also known as catmint is a bit of a double edged sword. It works well as a natural mosquito repellent but if left unchecked, can wreak havoc on your garden, acting almost like a weed. The plant also contains a chemical called nepetalactone which is highly enticing to cats, hence the name catnip, which brings us to the question cats or mosquitoes?
Commonly known to repel another blood sucker (vampires), Garlic also works as an excellent natural mosquito repellent. It also is tasty addition to your vegetable garden or flower bed and can survive almost any climate.
Similar to Citronella, the lemony scented Geranium is a very popular and effective natural mosquito repellent. In addition, they are also attractive decorative pieces, and go well with all garden beds. They are most suited to warm, dry and sunny climates, which we are quite familiar with here in Australia.
Aside from providing us with minty fresh breath, Peppermint also serves as a natural mosquito repellent. You can either crush a handful of leaves and rub onto any exposed skin or simply crush on the plant to release the scent and oils. Studies have also shown that the repellent also killed mosquito larvae within 24 hours after exposure to a solution of peppermint oil and water.
Fortunately for us, nature has been kind enough to provide an array of natural mosquito repellents that are easy to grow and low maintenance. That being said, you still need to have the space to implement all these plants, and you may find yourself immersed in a jungle of mosquito repelling plants by the end of it.
Having a flourishing garden is nice but don’t overlook having fresh cut flowers to look at in your kitchen or living room.