Investing in a mosquito control program as a way of pest control for mosquito is the best way to prevent those pest from ruining your outdoor time. However, there are other ways to help you achieve similar results. Use of plants that repel insects is another way to help handle the pests.  

Other than spreading malaria, mosquitoes are now the leading transmitter of the Zika virus. When the virus spread to the unborn babies, they cause some health issues including congenital disabilities, which results from abnormal brains development. Even though few species of mosquito that spread the virus, it is prudent that you keep away from the mosquitoes by using a multiple methods. One of the ways to do this is to plant mosquito repellent plants in your flowerbeds. Here are some of the plants you may choose from.

1. Basil

The herb can not only be used to add flavor to your best dishes but plays a critical role in attracting bees, and repelling mosquitoes. When planted in the garden, basil produces a strong scent that repels mosquitoes. The plant can be used to make a mosquito repellent liquid, which can then be sprayed in your outdoor areas to keep the mosquitoes at bay.  

2. Lemon Balm

Citronellal is a strong mosquito repellent. A lemon balm contains the citronellal compound plus the lemon scent which is one of the odors that mosquitoes would love to avoid. If added to a mosquito repellent, it can deter mosquitoes in your home. However, when planted in your background garden, it spreads fast and so it is recommended that you plant them in pots to avoid instances of taking over other plants. Also, the herb could be used by humans to combat anxiety.

3. Catnip

Cats love this plant, but mosquitoes are safer when they stay away from it. Essential oils contain compounds from catnip plants, and this explains why the oil can effectively be used to repel mosquitoes. The plants grow tall, so it should be planted in such a way that it does not block your view but help in mosquito pest control.

4. Pennyroyal

This species is potent and can be toxic if consumed or absorbed by the animals’ skin. However, growing this plant can help control mosquitoes because it is a good pest repellent. A few plants should be planted in the gathering areas including the seating arena. You may increase protection by crushing this plant and placing it into your pockets.

5. Citronella

It is one of the most commonly planted herbs that repels mosquitoes. Outdoor candles and bug spray contain oil from the plant. Citronella grass can be planted into your garden or close to other mosquito repelling plants. The grass thrives in several climates and is the easiest plant that you can plant and maintain.

6. Lavender

It is a sweet smelling plant that easily repels mosquitoes. It is pleasing to the human nose, but mosquitoes don’t like it. The extracted oil can be placed on the wrist and ankles to help keep mosquitoes at bay. It is used by some professional mosquito control experts to keep the insect away.

7. Marigold

This beautiful flower has been found to be attractive to the nose but is quite unattractive to mosquitoes. When planted in pots around the home, specifically around windows and doorways, they can keep the mosquitoes at bay. 

8. Garlic

It has been used to repel mosquitoes for many years. The leaves have a strong scent and when consumed, make human blood a less tasty meal for mosquitoes. Normally, the shoots have a strong scent that repels and keeps mosquitoes away.

9. Pyrethrum

Pyrethrum is known for its use to make insecticide. The white and yellow centered flowers from the plant were used by the Napoleonic War soldiers to control insects. It contains pyrethrins, an active ingredient that acts on the nervous system of mosquitoes and makes them increase their movement. It makes it difficult for them to settle and bite human beings. It is also effective in controlling other insects such as aphids, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs, cabbage worms, and ticks.

10. Cloves

The clove plant has a long history. It was planted around houses to help control insects. It has mosquito repellent properties and grows well in tropical areas. 

11. Rosemary

The herb bears flowers with a scent that repels mosquitoes. It thrives in a climatic condition and should be protected during the winter months because of the cold weather. It can be grown in pots to make it easier to shift them indoors during winter.

12. Horsemint

It is used worldwide as a mosquito repellent. It has an odor smell that makes it difficult for the mosquito to trace where their human hosts are. When crushed and applied on the hands, or the exposed areas of the skin, it keeps the mosquitoes away. The plant is drought resistant and can thrive in the dry sandy soil as well as saline condition. They can be planted during the late summer or can be grown in pots.

13. Ageratum

It’s an ornamental plant that produces floss flowers. The plant can grow up to 18 inches and bears blue flowers. It comes in a variety of colors including violet and pink.  Its odor is offensive to the mosquito, no wonder most mosquito repellents contain Coumarin a compound that is secreted by the plant.

14. Vetiver grass

It is a tropical plant whose roots emit some odor that repels mosquito. In fact, the roots are used to weave screen windows which keep mosquitoes away from the house.

In conclusion, many other plants are used as mosquito repellent. However, the best mosquito control method is implementing a full mosquito control program with All-State Pest and Lawn!