When you go camping, or if you are outside trying to do yard work, there is the possibility that mosquitoes could try to bite you. There are some people that do not have much of a problem with them, but the vast majority of individuals will get bitten. You can go to the store and purchase a wide variety of products that can repel mosquitoes very easily. However, there are some people that would prefer not using chemically based mosquito repellent and would rather use a natural remedy. Here is an overview of the 12 plants that repel mosquitoes effectively that you can use instead of store-bought products.
This is a plant that is very effective at repelling mosquitoes. If you are going to grow this yourself, you will want to place this in pots in strategic locations around your patio or wherever you happen to spend time outside. You can also purchase the oil that has already been processed, placing this on your skin to repel the mosquitoes. Those that do this themselves will combine this with apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or even cheap vodka and it makes the perfect all-natural mosquito repellent
This is a beautiful flowering plant that is typically seen in hanging pots. If you have enough of these, it is possible that the plants themselves can repel the mosquitoes because of their odor.
This is an herb that you can grow on your own, one that you have probably used when you were cooking different meals such as fish or pork. It has a very distinctive flavor. It also has an aroma that causes mosquitoes to go away, and you can also get Rosemary oil at the store or have it sent to you after ordering it on the web.
This is called a carnivorous plant because it actually will trap insects and digest them. They have a very unique fragrance that lures insects including mosquitoes. This is a very different way of repelling mosquitoes because the plant is actually attracting them to consume them as part of their diet.
Most people understand what garlic smells like, and if it is potent enough, it will actually cause people to refrain from being around this very strong smell. In the same way that it can repel people, it will also repel insects, and many people will eat garlic supplements during the summer for this purpose.
In opposition to garlic, lavender has a very beautiful sent. It is a flowering plant that is often used and sold as a way of helping people calm down. For some reason, mosquitoes have the opposite effect, turning away from this odor instead of being attracted to it. This also comes in oils that you can purchase and put on your skin.
Lemongrass is something that you will probably used on salads, or perhaps in a soup. If you grow this yourself, it will be roughly 4 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. This is another plant that you will want to place outside in close proximity to where you will be doing outdoor activities. It will repel mosquitoes by virtue of its odor.
This is a perennial clumping grass that you will definitely know by its odor. It can effectively keep mosquitoes away. These can grow to 6 feet in height, or even larger, and should be placed where people are going to be sitting or where your kids tend to play outside.
This has a very sweet lemony smell, and many people purchase lemon balm extract because of its calming properties. It can grow in the shade, and has been known to survive even during drought seasons. You can purchase the oil, or you can grow these plants on your own.
Catnip is the same substance that you have probably given to your cats which has likely made them very happy. According to experts, it is 10 times more powerful than the store-bought mosquito repellents that are available. This should not be planted near other flowers or herbs if you happen to have cats. They will likely destroy all of the surrounding plants to get at the catnip.
This is one spice that almost everyone has used when cooking. It is very strong, and is a very effective mosquito repellent. It is recommended that you grow lemon or cinnamon basil, primarily because the odor is going to be much stronger, and this will keep you and your family safe from mosquito attacks outside.
This is an annual plant which is extremely hardy and colorful. It actually produces a substance called pyrethrum. You will notice that this substance, which is all natural, is in many mosquito repellents that are sold. It is a great border flower, one that should be placed near entrances and exits at your home.
This overview of the 12 plants that repel mosquitoes effectively should give you a few ideas on what you should grow outside. As mentioned before, you can get some of these in bottles with oil which are premixed, completely natural mosquito repellents that you can use instead of store-bought chemicals. By having both plants outside, and using the oils with the oils from these plants, you should have no problem at all preventing mosquitoes from biting your family or you.