Posted on 30/01/2017

Seven plants that repel mosquitoes

Seven plants that repel mosquitoes

Warm summer nights are one of the best things about living in Perth. Unfortunately, with the warm weather comes one of the most annoying things – mosquitoes.

Thankfully, it is possible to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes hanging around your home simply by planting certain plants that are known to repel the pesky insect.

Here’s our list of just some of the plants that can repel mosquitoes from your home:

  • Citronella – this plant produces one of the most common ingredients in insect repellant, so it’s not surprise that the actual plant itself will do the same job. A clumping grass, citronella produces a strong smell that masks other smells, therefore keeping mosquitoes from being attracted to things around it. Citronella can be grown in pots or in garden beds.
  • Catnip - this plant is considered about 10 times more effective than DEET for repelling mosquitoes. Be aware, however, that is can be quite invasive. You may also like to grow it in hanging baskets so that cats cannot get to it.
  • Rosemary – as well as being delicious when added to cooking, the rosemary plant is an attractive plant that will easily repel mosquitoes. It does not require much watering, making it even more ideal for Perth gardens.
  • Marigolds – these flowers have a distinct smell that repels mosquitoes. You can place potted marigolds nears doors and windows, which are the main entry points for mosquitoes into the home, or in outdoors areas that you spend a lot of time in. Marigolds are also known to deter insects that ravage tomato plants.
  • Mint – has a distinct aroma that naturally repels insects. Mint is a very hardy and prolific plant that grows well in a potted environment. You can pick the mint leaves and rub them on your skin for added protection.
  • Lemongrass - has a sweet lemony aroma that insects detest. Lemongrass can be planted in pots and placed near entrances to the home.
  • Lavender – this purple flowering plant has a soothing, calming scent that is also a natural mosquito repellent. Grow it indoors near a sunny window, or outside in your garden or flower bed to keep the bugs away.