We all know that summers bring with it plenty of sunshine, sun-bathing opportunities and stubborn mosquitoes. Sure, there are plenty of smelly sprays and mosquito coils doing the rounds but we know they’re neither effective nor nose-friendly. So unless you wish to spend your evenings all “bit” out, we suggest you keep reading. Also, let’s not forget that increasingly mosquitoes are being stated responsible for potentially fatal or equally serious diseases like dengue, malaria, yellow fever etc.
All things said and done, you should be looking for the best mosquito repellent plants to keep in your home. So here, we have curated a list of top-5 natural plants to ensure your house stays colourful, fragrant and strictly a no-fly zone (pun intended). Instead of going the chemical route, embrace the natural one for a change. Let’s get going.
#Be Merry with Marigold
One of the most common plant species, the ornamental plant doubles up as a beautiful & bright décor item in your balcony. It’s easy-to-grow and known to repel mosquitoes quite effectively. All you need to do is place them in a pot in your balcony or the entrance section (areas where mosquitoes generally stay put). Plus, if you’re looking to do up your balcony with a particular summery theme in mind, browse through Furlenco’s outdoor collection – like this “My Happy Balcony” – that comes with a wooden table and two folding chairs. Say hello to summers in style and goodbye to mosquitoes for life! Expert tip: Make sure that water doesn’t get accumulated in your balcony or garden as it acts as a natural pool of mosquito breeding.
#Go Basic with Basil
Basil has multiple sensory advantages. From taste and smell to touch-and-feel, we all know that it goes perfectly well with pizza and pasta; but there’s another area where this plant can prove to be particularly useful: in repelling mosquitoes. The pungent smell this plant exudes keeps the pests at bay. You can create a DIY pot and plant basil in the balcony. Get ready to show off your gardening skills like a pro!
#Mosquito-Woes? Nip it in the Bud with Catnip
Catnip or catmint as it is commonly known as a universal plant – literally. It can grow anywhere and everywhere; and requires next to no maintenance making it a popular choice. Additionally, studies suggest that catmint is proven to be ten times more effective than DEET, the chemical used to repel insects. Need we say more?
#Latch onto Lavender
They say lavender has the superpower to hinder a mosquitoes’ smelling capabilities. This violet-coloured flowering plant – belonging to the mint family – is often used to calm the senses. Oil is extracted from the flower and used for a variety of purposes. Handy tip: This plant is ideal for warmer, tropical places and requires very little maintenance. It’s drought-resistant so make sure to read up on how to care for it before you get your hands on one! You can grow this plant indoors and use a terra-cotta pot as it gives off an artsy vibe and also prevents the plant from drying out. Place it on a chest of drawers in your living room or the study room to make the corner Insta-worthy! Log onto Furlenco and start shopping!
#All Hail Rosemary!
Recommended by many experts, this herb gives off a woody smell which helps keep the mosquitoes in control. Aesthetically, you can prune this plant into a variety of styles and shapes and give your balcony a green makeover! In addition, you can use it as a seasoning and add an extra dose of taste to your cooking. Talk about three-in-one benefits!
Have you bought any plants that repel mosquitoes that you think are truly worth their salt? How have you been warding off those pesky mosquitoes, we’d love to hear out your suggestions.