Buying commercially available mosquito repellant is the first thing in mind for people who want to get rid of mosquitoes. The problem is, there are people who can’t use those repellant products. Their skin is so sensitive for the chemical-based product. Others, on the other hand, are simply fan of natural ways to get rid of everything.
Whatever your reason is, you sure can get rid of mosquitoes naturally. One of the many ways is using plants.
Plants that Repel Mosquitoes
Knowing the plants that can repel mosquitoes can be very helpful if you get caught in an island or forest without anything but plants. Below are some plants you can use for keeping the mosquitoes away and how to use them:
- Marigolds. Admit it, you don’t like the smell of marigold. It may have a bright yellow color but its scent is something you’ll never like for a perfume. Mosquitoes think the same way. Bringing this flower with you can already repel mosquitoes. But for better result, crushing some marigolds and adding the extracted oil to alcohol or oil base will make a great and natural way to get rid of mosquitoes.
- Rosemary. This herb adds spice to tomato-based dishes. It may make your food more interesting but this herb is not that interesting for mosquitoes. They stay away from rosemary oil. To use this, you have to crush some rosemary and extract oil from it. You can also buy ready-made rosemary oil and enjoy mosquito-bite-free evening.
- Catnip. Cats love this herb but mosquitoes hate this. The scent from this plant will scare away mosquitoes. Planting this in your backyard or having it in your patio will be a great way to get rid of uninvited mosquitoes.
- Citronella grass. Are you familiar with citronella candles? The oil used to make those candles came from this grass. The candles are lighted up and burned in yards to repel mosquitoes. You can try to plant citronella grass. But it grows to about 6 feet, which will not be so ideal for an urban garden.
- Coconut leaves. Dry coconut leaves, when burnt, can repel mosquitoes. Some places in Southeast Asia are fond of burning coconut leaves when it’s getting dark to repel mosquitoes away from their houses.
Other Natural Repellants
Aside from plants, you can also try these tips on getting rid of mosquitoes naturally:
- Listerine. Yes, the mouthwash brand. Some people swear that adding some Listerine to a bottle of water can be a great way to scare mosquitoes away. Better find out yourself if this thing works. You’ve got nothing to lose, anyway.
- Barriers. Install mosquito-net-like screens for all the entry points in your house. This should minimize the number of mosquitoes visiting your house. Make sure you use a net with small holes so that mosquitoes won’t be able to pass through.
Prevention, aside from getting rid of mosquitoes, is your best way to avoid getting bitten by this insect. Cleaning your house regularly will help. Empty containers of clean water regularly. If not, cover these containers properly. Clean stagnant water is the best breeding place for mosquitoes. Giving them no chance of multiplying will also mean lesser mosquito problems in your house.