7 plants that repel mosquitoes naturally

August 01, 2019
  • Beyond citronella
    1 / 8 Beyond citronella

    It’s dengue season again in Singapore. If you’re looking at natural ways to repel mosquitoes, chances are you’ll buy a citronella plant or spray. But there are other plants that naturally repel the pests as well, that you can consider.

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  • Lavender
    2 / 8 Lavender

    Apart from repelling mosquitoes, the scent of lavender also repels moths, fleas and flies. 

    (Also read: Best ways to treat prevent mosquito bites in babies and toddlers)

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  • Peppermint
    3 / 8 Peppermint

    Most bugs do not like the smell and taste of peppermint. Plus, if you happen to get bitten, rubbing peppermint leaves directly onto the skin provides relief. 

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  • Rosemary
    4 / 8 Rosemary

    When burned, rosemary may smell good to humans, but it is unpleasant enough to keep mosquitoes away.

     

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  • Pelargonium
    5 / 8 Pelargonium

    Also called the “mosquito plant”, it is a cross between the Chinese Citronella and the African Geranium. The leaves, which resemble those of a fern, contain citronella oil, which repels mosquitoes. 

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  • Marigolds
    6 / 8 Marigolds

    The plant contains pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents. It has an aroma that bugs find repulsive. 

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  • Lemon balm
    7 / 8 Lemon balm

    For a quick mosquito repellent, crush a handful of lemon balm leaves in your hand and rub them on your exposed skin. 

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  • Lemongrass
    8 / 8 Lemongrass

    Its strong fragrance makes lemongrass a natural insect repellent. To help deter mosquitoes, it is usually planted along walkways and close to seating areas. 

    Source: Far East Flora and naturallivingideas.com

    A version of this article first appeared in The New Paper.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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