Dengue, malaria, zika, and the regular pesky bites. Aren’t we all tired of mosquitoes? Unfortunately for us living in Malaysia, these insects seem like an omnipresent force. We can, however, protect our homes. Use these any of these mosquito-repellent plants for a bite-free environment.
People normally associate lavender with a soothing scent. They are not wrong. Lavender is commonly used in aromatherapy, fragrances, and hand sanitizers. But furthermore, it is also one of the most effective mosquito-repellent plants out there.
Grow this perennial herb at your premise and get ready for a mosquito-free environment. According to a study conducted by Iowa State University, catnip is 10 times more effective than DEET, the chemical used in most insect repellents. However, you might want to skip this option if you have a dislike for cats. Consider a different plant to grow, as catnip, as it name suggests, naturally attracts felines.
Grow this plant near any water sources such as a pond. Their essential oil is toxic towards mosquito larvae. Furthermore, this herb will also help satisfy your dietary needs. Include them in recipes such as fresh pesto and just enjoy!
For those of you who prefer to grow flowers instead of herbs, you can opt for marigolds. Place them near mosquito entry points such as doors or windows. Other than repelling insects, they provide a nice sight for the eyes.
5. Scented Geranium
Install this plant in your home and reap multiple benefits. One, it keeps several types of pests away. Two, it produces a very pleasing scent. Three, it makes your home landscape more attractive.
6. Lemon Balm
This plant’s aroma not only repels mosquitoes but also has healing properties. This member of the mint family has a gentle lemony scent. Grow this plant in a pot rather than a garden as it is fast-growing and rather invasive.
Rosemary is recommended as a mosquito-repellent plant by both the New York Botanical Garden and PlantShed. Use this herb to not only ward off mosquitoes but also other pests such as cabbage moths and carrot flies.