8 mosquito repellent plants suitable for growing in the garden

8 mosquito repellent plants suitable for growing in the garden

Mosquitoes are the most annoying thing in a summer garden, although there are many ways to get rid of them. But if you want to say that it's an environmentally friendly, beautiful and practical way, then it's the various mosquito repellent plants. Human skin secretes some special scents that attract mosquitoes, and these mosquito repellent plants with special scents help to mask the scent on the person and repel mosquitoes. Sometimes, to get the maximum effect of these natural mosquito repellent plants, you can also rub the leaves of these mosquito repellent plants and apply them on your skin.

What are the mosquito repellent plants? Today we will share with you 8 kinds of mosquito repellent plants with obvious mosquito repellent effect, and you can easily plant them in your garden. And most of the plants are also edible herbs that can be used as a condiment for your daily meals. 

1、Lemongrass
8 mosquito repellent plants suitable for growing in the garden
A member of the peppermint family, lemongrass has white flowers and a mild lemon scent, and has certain healing properties. Among the mosquito repellent plants, lemongrass beechweed is very effective in preventing mosquito bites, but it is also an invasive species, so be careful when planting it in your garden. So, growing lemongrass beechweed in pots is a better way to do it.

2、Catnip
8 mosquito repellent plants suitable for growing in the garden
The aromatic catnip contains a natural chemical called thornylactone, which is a very effective insect repellent and a seductive agent for cats. This substance stimulates the olfactory nerve center and hypothalamus of cats and makes them intoxicated. So, if you are more sensitive to cats, consider other mosquito repellents.

3. Basil 
8 mosquito repellent plants suitable for growing in the garden
A 2019 study showed that basil's essential oils are toxic to the larvae of mosquitoes. So you can plant this amazing mosquito repellent plant around any water source (like a pond) and it will control the rate at which mosquitoes lay their eggs.

4、Lavender
8 mosquito repellent plants suitable for growing in the garden
Lavender repels annoying flying insects like mosquitoes, moths and flies. Although the scent of lavender gets into the air, the most effective way to use this mosquito repellent to repel mosquitoes and bugs is by rubbing it on the skin to allow its oily substance to adhere effectively, somewhat similar to the effect of spraying flower dew.

5、Mint 
8 mosquito repellent plants suitable for growing in the garden
Concentrated extracts of mint are sometimes used as insect repellents, and its oily substance has been shown to repel adult insects and kill the larvae and eggs of several species of mosquitoes.

6、Mosquito repellent grass
8 mosquito repellent plants suitable for growing in the garden
In our daily life we generally call this perennial plant directly "mosquito repellent grass", sometimes called citronella, mainly because of its strong citronella scent. Unfortunately, although it is the most sold mosquito repellent plant, there are some studies that show it is also the least effective mosquito repellent plant. Still, by rubbing its crushed leaves against your skin, it will provide you with some repellent effects, especially if you have no other options.

7. Sage and rosemary
8 mosquito repellent plants suitable for growing in the garden
Try burning a little sage or rosemary if you need a nighttime conversation around the fire in your cottage's courtyard. The scent these plants emit when burning not only smells invigorating to the heart, but also acts as a very good repellent to most insects.

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