Mosquitoes and other insects are just around the corner especially this rainy season. We all know mosquitoes is a virus carrying insects that spread dengue and other diseases. But don’t you know that there are plants and flowers that can repel mosquitoes in our home and backyards? There are also flowers that serve as an insect repelling plants. All we have to do is to plant them outdoor or indoor to make theme effective. Check this 12 kinds of plants and flowers that repel unwanted mosquitoes and insects in our home or garden.
1. ChrysanthemumsThis beautiful flower is not just a flower but also an insect-repelling plant. It repels roaches, ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs and root-knot nematodes. It has pyrethrums ingredients that can kill flying and jumping insects.
2. Four O’Clocks
Four O’Clock flowers will attract and kill Japanese beetles, making them an excellent bait flower to place near your vegetable gardens.
Aside from adding beautiful colors into your house, Geranium also prevent mosquitoes into your home.
4. LantanaAn ornamental plant that has a strong oily smell. Lantana emits large amounts of volatile organic compounds from the leaves. Lantana leaves need not be crushed to release its mosquito repelling power. Grow Lantana in areas where you spend time outdoors. Group the plants together on decks, patio, or play areas.
5. Basil Repels house flies and mosquitoes. Plant basil in containers by your house doors and in outdoor areas where you like to relax or entertain. You also can use fresh basil to make an insect repellent spray. A simple recipe calls for pouring 4 ounces of boiling water into a container holding 4 to 6 ounces of clean, fresh basil leaves, letting the leaves steep for several hours, removing the leaves and squeezing all of the leaves’ moisture into the mixture. Then thoroughly mix 4 ounces of vodka with the basil water mixture. Store in the refrigerator and apply as a spray when going outdoors. Be sure to keep the spray away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
Lavender is an excellent general pest repellent flower to use in your garden. It repels both fleas and moths, and it can help protect other plants near it from white flies.
7. Lemon Grass
Citronella is a beautiful perennial clumping grass that emits a strong aroma. That aroma masks other scents, and keeps mosquitoes from being attracted to things located around it.
8. MarigoldsThe scent from various types of marigolds repels aphids, mosquitoes, and even rabbits. The roots of marigolds are well-known among farmers to repel nematodes. Grow marigolds mixed in along the border of your flower beds or interspersed throughout your vegetable garden as they can also spur on the growth of certain plants, especially roses.
9. MintMint repels mosquitoes. It is best grown in pots rather than the ground because it spreads aggressively. The plant’s aromatic oils can be extracted and combined with apple cider vinegar and cheap vodka to make a mosquito repellent. Containers of mint strategically placed in the garden or on the patio will help keep nearby plants insect free.
Repel aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs. Some people think of petunias as nature’s pesticide. They can be grown in garden beds, containers or hanging baskets. Plant them in sunny areas near vegetables and herbs.
11. Rosemary Repels mosquitoes and a variety of insects harmful to vegetable plants. Rosemary is available in various forms. The plant itself and its cuttings are effective repellents. You can make a simple repellent spray by boiling 1 quart of dried rosemary in a quart of water for 20 to 30 minutes and then straining the liquid into a container at least a half-gallon in size that contains a quart of cool water. Put a cap on the combined liquid and store it in the refrigerator. Add the repellent to small squirt bottles as needed when going outdoors.
Known as a culinary herb that’s often used in pizzas, soups, salads, and sauces, but Oregano can double as an insect repellent to protect your plants. It’s believed that insects dislike the herb’s aromatic oils. If you don’t feel comfortable using commercial insect repellents with harsh chemicals, using a homemade, oregano-based, insect repellent might be just what you’re looking for.