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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Apart from repelling mosquitoes, the scent of lavender also repels moths, fleas and flies.
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When burned, rosemary may smell good to humans, but it is unpleasant enough to keep mosquitoes away.
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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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The plant contains pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents. It has an aroma that bugs find repulsive.
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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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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.