7 plants that repel mosquitoes naturally

September 16, 2016
  • Growing in demand
    1 / 8 Growing in demand

    Plant nurseries are reporting an increase in demand for plants that are touted to have mosquito repellent properties. 

    Several nurseries The New Paper approached said that more people are asking about and looking for the citronella grass since news of the Zika virus being locally transmitted here broke last month. 

    Apart from the citronella grass, there are 7 other plants that can be used to repel mosquitoes.

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  • Lavender
    2 / 8 Lavender

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

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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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