Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Plants that repel mosquitoes

July 12, 2016

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Plants that repel mosquitoes

Lemongrass

Mosquitoes hate the lemony scent of lemongrass.You can plant this in pots around your porch and keep it near your home entrances. For a quick relief from insects crush up a handful of leaves and keep them in your pocket or rub them on your skin.Lemon grass is used in making citronella oil which has proven mosquito repelling abilities.Because of its high level of citral, the oils used to repel insects, both the fresh plant, as well as the oils, are effective in using as a natural insect repellent.


Basil

Basil can be grown in an herb garden or in pots on your porch. As one of the most pungent of herbs, basil makes an outstanding natural mosquito repellent, giving off a scent without the leaves having to be crushed or touched. For best results, try lemon basil or cinnamon basil. These emit a stronger scent.


Lavender

Lavender is a perennial plant that requires full sun; however, it prefers to live in pots with rich soil that isn’t kept too moist.Even though lavender is a smell often enjoyed by humans, lavender repels mosquitoes because mosquitoes dislike the scent lavender gives off.The pleasant aroma of lavender is offensive to mosquitoes and is best harnessed by planting it in the garden, or in pots situated near doors, windows and entertainment areas.


Citronella

Citronella is the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents. Citronella should be planted outside after your last frost. If you are planting in pots, you can move it outdoors to your porch so it can repel pesky mosquitoes in the springtime.The plant carries the fragrance of citronella in its foliage, and when a leaf is crushed and rubbed onto the skin, the aroma is very pleasant, yet it helps to naturally repel those mosquitoes.


Peppermint

Mints, in general, have a distinct aroma that naturally repels insects.usually grown in gardens to flavor tea. However, mint also repels mosquitoes and you can make your own repellent with mint! it can serve as a natural insecticide to repel mosquitoes.Peppermint exudes a strong fragrance that ants, mosquitoes, and even mice don’t like. Grow it in a pot to contain its rampant growth.


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