One of the most natural of mosquito repellents are plants. Plants allow you to keep your skin clean of any oils, fragrances, and best of all chemicals. There are two ways that plants can repel mosquitos; the first by masking an area or rendering the mosquito’s smelling sense obsolete, the second is by producing attractive smells that deter the mosquitos from an area.
There are many benefits to using plants as mosquito repellents rather than topical solutions. The first benefit is hosting events. If you have your deck properly surrounded by the correct plants, it does not matter how many people you have at your barbecue; mosquitos will not be a topic of discussion. With topical solutions you would have to hope that your guests planned ahead and put on repellent or hand out repellent as you greet your guest at the door. The second benefit to plants is keeping your pets and your kids safe. You do not have to worry about your pets or kids getting over exposed to topical repellents or your little ones ingesting the repellents. Most plants you would want to have in a pot to bring in during the winter and keeping pots away from kids is very simple. Also, all the plants listed below are normally not eaten by household pets so you don’t have to worry about that either. While there are many other benefits, the last one we will identify is the repellents life expectancy. For those of you new to the site, we label life expectancy on all products reviewed. Life expectancy on this site means how long the repellent will actually repel mosquitos and be effective. For plants, there is no life expectancy as long as the plants are alive in placed properly around an area. There are some limits to range and if you want to bolster your perimeter and crush a couple of leaves of the plants there is a period of time where your effectiveness will go up, but all plants are 24/7 mosquito repellents. This saves time and hassle of re-applying lotions, oils, and worrying constantly about a repellents effectiveness wearing off.
So this all sounds great but what plants should I use and how can I get them going in my yard? Below are a list of plants that we talk about in detail with youtube videos to help you on your way. Just click on the ones that you are interested and have fun with it!
Ageratum – A beautiful blooming flower that actually repels mosquitos and not just masks smells from the pesky bugs.
Catnip – One of the few laboratory tested plants that is proven to repel mosquitos up to 100 times more effective than deets. If you are a cat-owner, please keep in mind that they are attracted to this plant.
Citronella – This is the mosquito plant king. As most of you heard of citronella in candals, oils, and other repellents the oils for these products come straight from the plant itself.
Marigolds – These flowers are great border plants but can be put in pots and brought in during winter months. The versatility of this plant makes it an attractive mosquito repeller.
Rosemary – A dull threat plant that not only keeps the mosquitos at bay but can be cut up into a very tasty spice in the kitchen.