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10 plants and herbs that repel mosquitoes

10 plants and herbs that repel mosquitoes

Keep in mind: To achieve maximum benefits from these plants, in most cases, the leaves must be crushed and rubbed into the skin!

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Mint

Mint leaves will help keep mosquitoes away.

In addition: Peppermint essential oils also help soothe insect bites.

Peppermint

This member of the mint family has health benefits, a lovely smell, and its oils help eliminate pests.

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The strong lemon smell of this plant, also called Lemon Leaf, contains high levels of an insect repellent compound, but in a more pleasant way. (But you must be careful when you grow it, it is an invasive species).

Lavender

It is hard to believe that such a delicious smell for us humans is unbearable for mosquitoes. Keep bugs at bay by planting the variety lavandina, which has a high concentration of camphor. In addition, it also keeps moths and flies away.

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Catnip or cat grass

Cats love it, but mosquitoes hate it. From the mint family, it contains a chemical called nepetalactone, which is both a feline attractant and an insect repellent.

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Basil

Place a cup with basil on the picnic table and not only will it serve to flavor your dishes, it will also keep insects away, as it is one of the few plants with a smell so strong that it repels insects without having to crush the leaves. One study showed that basil essential oil is toxic to mosquito larvae.

Pelargonium Citrosum

This perennial is marketed largely as a useful insect repellent, although some research suggests that this plant may not be as potent in driving away insects, but damage will certainly not cause any planting near your door.

Sage

Bas to prepare a barbecue or a small campfire? Pour a little sage into the fire, the scented smoke will keep the annoying bugs away (rosemary also works).

Calendula

Not only are they very lucid, these colorful and heady flowers also repel insects, since they contain pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents.

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