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7 Plants That Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Home

7 Plants That Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Home

7 Plants That Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Home
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As the season changes, mosquitoes are one of the biggest problems that we have to deal with. From regular itch and rash to diseases like dengue and malaria are all caused or spread by mosquitoes. It is difficult to stop them from entering your home; every time you open a door or a window, these uninvited visitors come rushing in.

There, of course, is the option of using chemical-based mosquito repellents, creams and even electric machines. But, these are mostly harmful to your health. How about natural and organic ways to keep mosquitoes at bay?

MakaanIQ lists some plants that could help you keep your home mosquito-free:

Basil

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While its leaves are also used in cooking, basil plants can also act as a mosquito repellent. The leaves consist of some essential oils that, when extracted and used, could be very effective as a natural mosquito repellent. Lemon basil and cinnamon basil are the best varieties. Planting a basil plant will not only add flavour to your food but also keep your home safe from mosquitoes.

Marigold

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The marigold plant not only make your landscape beautiful, but also act as a mosquito repellent. The plant contains Pyrethrum, which is generally found in most insect killers. The aroma deters mosquitoes from coming close. You can place these potted plants near mosquito entry-points like doors, windows or balconies.

Catnip

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A medicinal herb considered 10 times stronger than  diethyltoluamide or DEET, an ingredient generally found in bug repellents, catnip acts as one of the finest natural repellents to keep your garden or home safe. However, if you have a cat at home, make sure you keep this plant away from it, as it can temporarily intoxicate them.

Lemon Balm

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Also known as horsemint or beebalm, this plant belongs to the mint family. It is effective in warding off mosquitoes, but it attracts bees and butterflies. It requires minimal care and is easy to handle. The plant is drought-resistant and can even grow in shade.

Lavender

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You find the scent of these beautiful purple flowers calming, but it is disliked by mosquitoes. Grow them indoors close to a sunny window, or outdoors in your flower bed, to dissuade mosquitoes. The dried lavender flowers could also be placed in wardrobes to keep moths away.

Rosemary

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Generally used to add flavour to fish or lamb dishes, Rosemary also has the qualities of a mosquito repellent. Grow them in your indoor kitchen garden or in your flower bed to keep away mosquitoes and to attract butterflies. Its woody aroma also repels unwanted bugs, a reason why farmers prefer to plant them along their fields. Another benefit of rosemary is that it can make a natural and aromatic mosquito repellent cream when mixed in appropriate proportions with different lotions.

Peppermint

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This plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. It has a strong aroma that most bugs dislike. Peppermint is easy to maintain and can be planted under larger plants. If you are bitten by a mosquito or a bug, rub peppermint leaves on the skin directly; you will get instant relief.

Last Updated: Sat Jun 18 2016

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