Are you finally sitting on your balcony or in the garden, mosquitoes are coming to join you. You may not notice them at first, but gradually you feel the bumps coming up. Irritating! Fortunately, there are plenty of plants that mosquitoes are not such a fan of. Here they come!
If you have bought mosquito repellent products, the ingredient citronella is most likely included. From sprays to candles.
Citronella can reach a height of 1.5 metres. This is not for nothing, because the plant is very easy. You can put the plant directly in the garden. Repotting the plant is also possible!
If you put the Citronella in your garden a strong but fresh scent is released. This smell is so prevalent for mosquitoes that they stay at a distance.
2. Lemon balm
The Lemon balm has the looks of mint, which is not strange. They come from the same family! There’s one big difference, and that’s the smell. A Lemon balm smells, as its name suggests, like lemon. This lemon scent thinks mosquitoes are terrible.
A Lemon balm plant grows about half a metre high. Although the plant can grow wild around it. We therefore recommend repotting the Lemon Balm.
3. Catmint / Catnip
The following plant is anyway a favourite with cats and cats: Catmint. Cats find the plant very interesting. We therefore recommend not to place Catnip in the middle of your garden.
Besides cats finding the Catmint a success, the plant is also very effective against mosquitoes. It is even claimed that Catmint is more effective than DEET. Well, if it is, those mosquitoes stay at a distance.
Ideal for a flowerbed: Tagetes! The beautifully full flowers create atmosphere in your garden anyway. The biggest advantage? Tagetes are very easy to care for. Sufficient sun and a moist soil, and you get beautiful flowers. An additional advantage is that mosquitoes don’t like the smell of Tagetes. The plant has a very pungent smell.
Maybe you already have this plant in the garden: Lavender. Besides the beautiful colour, Lavender is also useful against mosquitoes. Mosquitoes don’t like the smell the flowers emit. Handy for you!
It’s best to hoard a Lavender.
There are different types of Geranium plants. A striking plant with colourful flowers. They come in all shapes, colours and scents. Looking for a plant against mosquitoes? Then in principle you can go to all Geranium plants. Although the Lemon Geranium is perhaps the best option. Mosquitoes just don’t like the smell of lemon.
If you have a herb garden, the basil might already be shining in your garden. Just like the other plants, the smell of Basil keeps mosquitoes at a distance.
Good to know: there are several species of Basil plants. To keep mosquitoes at bay it is best to choose a Lemon Basil and the Cinnamon Basil plant.
Another plant for the herb garden: Peppermint. The peppermint plant is an easy plant and grows very fast. If you like to keep the herb garden clear, it is best to pot the peppermint plant. Then you know for sure that the Peppermint will not proliferate in your garden.
Both the smell and the taste of the peppermint is not very pleasant for mosquitoes. All the better for you!
We probably all know this plant. You can easily use the Rosemary while cooking. The smell and taste of the leaves provide just that little bit extra. However, mosquitoes are not so fond of Rosemary. The scent of the Rosemary doesn’t only repel mosquitoes, but also other insects.
Another plant for your herb and vegetable garden! A Garlic plant, as you might expect, does not have such a fine smell for mosquitoes. Ideal for mosquitoes! You have nice fresh garlic and those mosquitoes stay away.
The plant Pennyroyal is not very well known by its name, but when you see it you probably know better. The purple colour gives a nice atmosphere to your garden. Pennyroyal is also an excellent mosquito repellent. The plant attracts many butterflies, but mosquitoes don’t like the Pennyroyal very much.
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