Keep Mosquitoes Away With These Plants

129efc2a119c76df1617cf4168e7670a Keep those uninvited mosquitoes and bugs out with these 5 easy-to-grow plants. Before reaching for those chemical sprays, try these fragrant and colorful plants.

1. Basil

basil_050111_2l Basil has essential oil or phytoextracts within the Ocimum basilicum plant, that is an effective mosquito repellent. Scientists have found out that that the extracts, most particularly petroleum ether leaf, were effective not only for repelling mosquitoes, but also for killing mosquito larvae.

2. Citronella

Citronella-1 Is the most common ingredient used in making mosquito repellents. Citronella has a strong lemon-scented smell which masks attractants to mosquitoes, making it harder for them to find you. Citronella is also used in many forms, such as torches and scented candles, but the living plant is more effective because of its stronger smell.

3. Lemon Grass

Lemongrass Lemon grass or Cymbopogon citrates contains citronella, a natural oil that keeps mosquitoes away. It also also used in Southeast Asia to flavor foods such as chicken and used as an anti-inflammatory medicine in India. Lemongrass is known for its wonderful aroma, making in useful in making perfumes and other toiletries.

4. Rosemary

az Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis is an herb, that most of us are very familiar with. They can be planted in your garden to control mosquito infestation. It can also be mixed into various lotions and formulas to act as a mosquito repellent for the body.

5. Marigold

Petite-Mix-Marigold-flowers-web-fl474 Marigold contains Pyrethrum, a compound most commonly used in many insect repellents. They also have a distinctive smell which mosquitoes and some gardeners, find particularly offensive, therefore making them an effective mosquito repellent.

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