Gardeners and organic farmers are very well aware that there are some indoor plants that repel mosquitoes. People are always looking for solutions to keep mosquitoes away from home & office. In recent few years in India, mosquitoes have created havoc in our day to day living specially in monsoon.
Mosquitoes borne diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya are becoming dangerous not only for the rural population, but also people living in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and other urban cities. Diseases caused by mosquitoes are one of the major public health concerns for state & local governments.
There are many ways available to protect ourselves from mosquito bites. Some common methods used by people here are:
- Mosquito Repellent Liquids
- Mosquito Repellent Coils
- Electronic Mosquito Repellent
- Mosquito Repellent Bracelets
- Mosquito Repellent Sprays
- Mosquito Repellent Net For Windows And Doors
Some of the above product(s) use chemical components to repel mosquitoes in our home which may not be a wise choice. However, people who are interested in organic farming and terrace/kitchen gardening have other methods available. You will be happy to know that you can have indoor plants that act as mosquitoes repellent in your kitchen garden or home garden. These indoor mosquitoes repellent plants also clean air from pollutants and toxic materials.
Here is an excellent guide that describes ways to include indoor plants in your home decor. If it is followed, plants can very well gel with the overall theme and design of home decor :
Mother nature provides us many plants which are essentially mosquito repellents. These are plants that repel mosquitoes and fleas. You can also purchase indoor plants from a nursery that repel bugs for your kitchen garden. The aroma of the plant repels mosquitoes and other insects naturally. We will become familiar with some of such plants here.
Many mosquitoes repellent liquids and coils are made of ingredients from this plant. It is a grass which can grow up to 5 or 6 feet emitting a strong aroma which naturally drives away mosquitoes. It can be grown from the seeds. If planted in a home kitchen garden , it is very helpful to keep mosquitoes away from home.
It is a member of the mint family which is also known as horsemint or bee balm. It is a tough plant and can grow in rough weather also without sunlight. It is a very aggressive growing plant and it grows quickly. Plant leaves can be used to brew herbal tea also.
It is a great mosquito repellent plant and 10 times more effective than DEET which is a common ingredient in insect and mosquito repellents.
This plant contains Pyrethrum which is used in many insect repellents. It is a decorative plant and it can be used in the borders of the garden or kitchen garden also. Making a companion plant of tomato will help to protect the tomato plant from bugs and insects.
It is a herb plant which is a natural mosquito repellent. Generally lemon basil or cinnamon basil is used to deter insects. It can be used as herb in various kitchen recipes also.
It is a flowering plant with a soothing or calming scent. It can be used to make delicious herbal tea also.
Despite being a natural mosquito repellent, peppermint leaves can be rubbed on skin as ointment for bite relief. It is used in various beverages and kitchen recipes.
We all know health benefits of eating garlic in our day to day food, but garlic plant also can be used to repel mosquitoes.
This flowering plant is natural mosquito repellent. In garden(s), it can be used to attract beautiful butterflies also.
It is also a flowering plant and mosquito repellent. It is used in various kitchen dishes also to add taste and aroma to food.
Generally, it is planted in a hanging container and it is a flowering plant which also acts as a mosquito repellent.
There are many more plants in nature to be discovered and we may not be familiar with all of them. It is wise to have a kitchen garden that has perennial plants that repel mosquitoes. In the next session, we will focus on discussion to grow the above plants.
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