Mosquito repellent plants | The Guardian Nigeria News
The rainy season in the tropics means cooler, mild weather and an abundance of food from the harvest of crops and vegetables. The surrounding area is a beautiful lush green with brightly colored flowers everywhere.
Some very fragrant plants perfume the air. The downside of the rainy months, roughly from May to October, is that seasonal mosquitoes, which transmit malaria diseases, devastate populations. In the fight against malaria, various campaigns that were launched both for prevention and for the treatment of infected people ultimately fail because the malaria pathogen develops widespread resistance to malaria attacks. If we really want to do something good for the health development of this country, we must first stop malaria. With the rainy season comes the malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Nothing disturbs the serenity than an annoying mosquito buzzing around your head. You can cover yourself with suitable clothing and a hat, or apply insect repellent. You can reach for the DEET insecticide spray to start a chemical war, expose yourself to neurotoxins and the environment to chemical decomposition and pollution. But there has to be another way. Have you ever thought of adding some mosquito repellent plants to your garden?
These natural mosquito repellants like the repellant plants and homemade mosquito traps ensure a mosquito-free environment. Using plants to deter and repel mosquitoes from both your home and your skin is a natural and safe alternative to man-made products that contain chemicals. There are quite a few plants that you can add to your skin to keep mosquitoes away from you and your living environment. There are tons of research bans. So to make the list of effective non-toxic options, a natural mosquito repellent must meet two requirements. It must be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) and generally safe to humans, pets and non-mosquito living things. Also, repellants and techniques must be scientifically proven to be effective.
There are two attractive natural options: mosquito repellent plants and homemade natural mosquito traps. Many pest repellent plants are known for their ability to repel insects, nematodes, and other pests. They can be used along with plants for pest control in agriculture and in the garden, as well as at home. The essential oils of many plants are also known for their pest repellent properties. Oils from the Lamiaceae (mint), Poacae (real grass) and Pinaeceae (pine) families are insect repellants used around the world. The plants can be planted or used fresh to deter mosquitoes and other pests. Oils found in certain types of plants, especially herbs, are natural mosquito repellants.
Are you going to give it a try now and add some mosquito repellent plants to your garden? Planting and growing insect repellent plants provides an opportunity to introduce the plants that are a perfect blend of beauty and functionality. Most insect repellant plants do this with their naturally occurring scent. These plants not only keep mosquitoes and other insects (mosquitoes, tick fleas) to a minimum, they also give off wonderful scents in your garden and terrace. Plant them around outdoor seating, paths, and near doors and windows. Not only will you plant them for their colorful and fragrant presentation, but also for their ability to keep your outdoor and indoor spaces free of mosquitos and other stinging insects. I think it’s always worth considering the natural solutions instead of just reaching for the pharmaceutical or chemical options every time. Plant one or more of the examples listed in this article and you will keep mosquitoes and other flying and stinging insects out of your habitat. At the very least, you’ll get some pretty plants that smell nice in the landscape.
Citronella grass: It’s an old favorite, the original, so to speak, for repelling insects, with a strong lemony scent. Everyone knows it’s the most common natural ingredient in many commercial insect repellants, and candles are used in outdoor dining and seating areas. Citronella is a great mosquito repellent and, much like citronella candles, can be planted and used to keep flying insects away. For the best result, plant citronella grass to a height of 1.82 meters and form large tufts of grass. It is an attractive ornamental grass. Plant it along sidewalks and seating areas so its strong scent will deter mosquitoes. Put the plant in large planters if your space is small. This also gives you the option to put your planters indoors if you live in a cold and icy climate as it won’t withstand frost. Make sure you plant the real strains called Citronella Cymbopogon Nardus or Citronella Winterianus as some others just smell like Citronella. Citronella masks the surrounding odors in your home and garden that attract mosquitoes and prevents them from getting too close.
Lemon balm (Melissa Officialis): Also known as horsement, it drives away mosquitos by giving off a strong, incense-like odor, similar to citronella grass and lemon verbena. Lemon balm belongs to the mint family, looks quite similar, but does not have a fresh, minty scent, but a strong lemony aroma. The smell, a natural mosquito repellent, does not deter bees and butterflies. Plant horse mint if you live in arid climates or near the coast, as it can withstand dry weather, sandy soil, and salty air. It is extremely aggressive, fast-growing and easy to re-seed. In a shaded or sunny area, grow in planters with enough space to allow the plant to grow anywhere from 60.96 to 91.44 cm in both width and height, which is a nuisance of mosquitos. Lemon balm thrives happily in the sun or partial shade, in moist, well-drained soil. Like other mint, it is as invasive as a weed. It is best to keep it in a saucepan.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum): Basil is one of the few herbs that smells fragrant without having to crush the leaves or physically disturb them. There are many types of basil, but the ones with the strongest mosquito repellent properties are lemon basil, cinnamon basil, and African basil.
Mint (Menthe spp): Usually grown in the garden to flavor tea. However, mint also drives away mosquitos, and you can make your own repellent with mint. All types of mint, both wild and cultivated, contain aromatic properties that are insect repellent.
Marigold (Tagetes spp): Popular annual marigolds are also found in flower beds, borders, and containers as flowering ornamental plants, but their mosquito repellent properties have not been widely advertised. Many gardeners use them as companion plants in the vegetable garden to deter insects, but as a mosquito repellent, marigold is better in areas with fertilized soil that can be exposed to full sunlight at all times.
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifoli): Although lavender is often enjoyed by humans, mosquitoes and many other insects don’t like the smell. This makes it a welcome addition to any garden, especially considering how attractive this plant is when it is in bloom. It can be planted around seating areas in the garden to deter pests, or made into oil and applied to the skin as a natural repellent or mixed with other oils to keep mosquitos away.
Rose Scented Monarda, Bee Balm: It’s a colorful perennial particularly rich in geraniol, a compound that smells like roses. Geraniol turned out to be highly repellent against mosquitoes. Plant it and when you have large plants you can use stems and leaves as “scatter herbs” on your patio. The rose-scented Monarda hybrid was developed for commercial and essential oil production. The extracted oil of the variety is now sold as Monarda with a rose scent. It contains more than 90 percent geraniol, the active ingredient in some commercially available natural mosquito repellants.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citrates): It contains citronella, natural oil that repels mosquitoes. Lemongrass is used to flavor things like chicken and confectionery. It is used as an anti-inflammatory agent in folk medicine of India. Lemongrass has such a wonderful aroma that it is often used in perfumes and toiletries
Catnip (Nepeta Cataria): It is a perennial plant from the mint family. A perennial with a fairly respected history as an herb. One trait the plant is least known for is its mosquito repellent ability. Nepetacton, the essential oil in the leaves that gives catnip its distinctive scent, has been shown to be ten times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes. Plant catnip around your patio garden.
Ageratum, plant: Ageratum grows in any climate. Ageratum gives off an odor that is offensive to mosquitoes and only grows to a maximum of 18 inches tall. Grow the plant in any type of soil that is partially or fully exposed to direct sunlight.
Grow herbs like rosemary, lemon thyme, garlic, and nodding onions (Allium cernuum) in addition to being able to eat them. These herbs naturally keep mosquitos away.
Pitcher Plant: (Nepenthes Alata): It is actually a carnivorous plant that resembles a Venus flytrap (which traps and ingests insects). Just plant this in your yard and see how it works. These are just a few of the effective natural mosquito repellants. You can use them along with other non-toxic preventive measures.