Mosquito Repelling Plants Those small, annoying creatures, mosquitoes have always made us run helter-skelter because they are believed to be carriers of viruses from person to person, animal to animal and from human to animals. How true it is that in Africa alone mosquitoes kill one child below the age of five every 30 seconds, are the main cause of infection and account for the largest number of deaths all over the world. The use of mosquito repellents in the form of mosquito coils, electronic mosquito repellents, mosquito repellent creams, herbal mosquito lotions and plants help keep mosquitoes away. In addition, pesticides sprayed on plants could also help. However some people could be allergic to these methods and suffer from allergies of the skin, nasal cavity and throat. So it is found to be highly advisable and environmentally friendly to consider plants to repel mosquitoes. Citronella, a plant that grows to a height of 2 feet, gives an annual bloom of lavender color flowers and finds its place as one of the most famous plant repelling mosquitoes. You could find these plants mostly in places of warm weather. The oil of the citronella plant is used in perfumes and other herbal products because of their mosquito repelling quality. If you love growing marigold of the African and French variety in your garden, you have a mosquito repellent just in your backyard. Marigolds growing to the height of six inches to three feet grow well in sunny climates and detests the shade because it slows its growing process. The marigold plant of both the French and African variety are able to repel mosquitoes because of the peculiar smell that they possess.
Rosemary, a shrub that grows up to 4 to 5 feet high, is a powerful mosquito repellent. This shrub that grows larger than others has blue flowers. Rosemary, a drought resistant shrub is also used in many fish recipes as an ingredient. In addition, the green lemon grass acts as a powerful mosquito repellent, because of the citronella oil contained in it. This perennial plant of India that grows up to 2 feet high provides us with lemon grass oil that acts as a pesticide and preservative. In addition, the tea made out of lemon grass proves to be very refreshing. Lavender, the beautiful purple colored plant, not only increases the beauty of your backyard, but also repels mosquitoes. This plant is a gardenerâ€™s favorite. It grows to a height of 4 feet, and requires sunny weather. The flowers of this plant also find use in bouquets and lavender oil is extracted from it. Catnip and horse mint, both belonging to the mint family prove to be powerful mosquito repellents. Catnip oil got from the catnip plant and horse mint with pink bloom also serves as a mosquito repellent. Garlic the wonder herb that is used in recipes also repels mosquitoes. The strong smell of the bulbs of garlic helps to ward off mosquitoes. In addition plants like basil, penny royal, and ageratum are also known for their mosquito repellent qualities. Hence there is no need to feel that these small creatures can annoy you at their leisure and take over your life. You can take over them without using chemical smells nor using costly electronic devices. It is true that growing mosquito repellent plants also makes for a beautiful garden. Owen Jones writes articles on various subjects, but is currently
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How to repel mosquitoes without using chemicals or machines