Growing Mosquito Repellent Plants

Growing Mosquito Repellent Plants

Though small, mosquitoes are indeed annoying creatures. There are better ways to get rid of those little creatures than toxic chemicals or futile clapping! An easy and environment-friendly way to get rid of mosquitoes, is with the help of plants that repel these bugs. Plants have innumerable uses, and all of us are well-versed with them. But, there is one use of plants which very few of us know, which is, some plants have the property of being mosquito repellents. Although many plants have the ability to repel mosquitoes I am going to list the best and easiest ones to grow for yourself at home. Citronella is the most popular mosquito repellent plant and is in many commercial products. It works very much like a candle repellent would. After applying citronella it will mask the scent of other attractants to mosquitoes and effectively “hide” you from them. Horsement is a great option if you live in Texas or surrounding areas. It works much like citronella because it has a strong scent that will cover attractants of mosquitoes. The reason that it is great for Texas is because it is fast growing and extremely resistant to drought. It can easily grow in dry and sandy areas.

Catnip is universally known as a plant for cats. However, the plant also doubles as a very handy mosquito repellent. It is easily grown and does not take much work to get it growing. Studies have been conducted that show that catnip is up to 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than store bought products. These are just three examples of plants that can repel mosquitoes.

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