For sure, mosquitos are not welcome nor allowed in your home. These pests are known for bringing all sorts of illnesses, unsightly bumps on the skin, and uncomfortable itchiness.
The use of citronella oil is one of the most popular and natural ways of keeping them at bay. Citronella, the source of citronella essential oil, is also known as mana grass, nard grass, or nardus. It is a grass that mainly grows in clumps and can even reach 1.5 meters in height. Citronella has a very strong smell, especially when your crush its leaves, making it hard for the mosquitoes to breathe.
Aside from citronella, there are other plants that can keep mosquitoes away while adding a touch of color to your space. You can place them on your balcony, in pots or in planters. Please note that if you want to completely eliminate mosquitoes, these plants should be a part of a complete eradication program which includes the application of mosquito-repellent lotion and removal of stagnant water.
Marigold (Tagetes erecta)
Famously referred to as African Marigold, this plant has an aroma that bugs, including mosquitoes, find quite repulsive. It also contains pyrethrum – an ingredient found in many insect repellents.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
This plant is the closest relative to the citronella. It has a strong fragrance, making it a natural insect repellent. Place it close to seating areas to help prevent mosquitoes.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint is a mint hybrid having a high concentration of pulegone, a natural pesticide. Here’s a bonus hack for you: if you happen to get bitten by a mosquito, just rub a crushed peppermint leaf directly on your skin to provide relief.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Catnip is also a member of the mint family. This herb has nepetalactone oil content, which is hated by mosquitoes.
Pelargonium (Pelargonium citrosum)
This plant is popularly called the mosquito plant. Its leaves are similar to those of a fern and its fragrance is similar to citronella’s, therefore repelling mosquitoes.