If you sit in your garden in the evening enjoying the cool summer breeze, your leak will be stung by mosquitoes! It is not impossible that you have already tried a lot against these stinging troublemakers: deet, citronella candles, or perhaps a special lantern. But did you know that there are also plants against mosquitoes and therefore keep them at bay in a natural way? Buitenleven lists a number of them.
1. Lavender ( Lavandula )
Have you ever noticed that your lavender plant is never eaten by rabbits or insects? That is because of the (wonderful) scent, which also deters mosquitoes. Lavender has even been said to interfere with a mosquito’s sense of smell. He desperately needs the ability to find your blood. Hence, a lavender essential oil is also regularly used as an anti-mosquito repellent. An additional advantage: lavender is a tough and drought-resistant plant that thrives easily in different climates.
The scent of lemon is not attractive to mosquitoes. Plant-like lemongrass is therefore perfect for next to your patio.
2. Plants with a lemon scent
Its common knowledge that mosquitoes don’t like the scent of lemon. After all, you light a citronella candle to scare them away and your anti-mosquito gel often smells of lemon too. Plants with this typical scent are, for example, lemongrass ( Artemisia abrotanum ‘Lemon’), lemongrass ( Cymbopogon citratus ), or lemon balm (Melissa officials). Also, nice: you can make delicious tea!
3. Herb garden against mosquitoes
Rosemary, basil, and mint are indispensable in your kitchen. And besides being tasty in a dish, they have another advantage: the plants give off a scent that is not attractive to mosquitoes. These herbs also grow well in a pot, both indoors and outdoors. For a barbecue, also put a few sprigs of rosemary on the grill, the smell that is released will scare away both mosquitoes and wasps. Tip: do not buy the herb plants at a supermarket, read in this article about herb plants why.
Marigold is at home in all markets: it has a healing effect, keeps lice out of your vegetable garden, and is hated by mosquitoes.
4. Marigold (Calendula)
The scent of marigold is also not loved by mosquitoes. Grow the plants in pots and place them close to the patio. Or place them in your border and your vegetable garden. Marigold can also make aphids and white flies harmless, which you would rather not have on your fresh vegetables. Nice side effect: the plant sows itself easily. The seeds look like little worms.
Mosquitoes are certainly not a fan of Cranesbill Geranium endless.
5. Cranesbill (Geranium)
You might not think so, but the scented cranesbill (Geranium) is also one of the suitable mosquito repellents that you can use. The pink Geranium endressii in particular repels the annoying guests very well. Practically all types of cranesbill have a strong odor that mosquitoes don’t like, while insects like bumblebees and bees do. So win-win if you put these bloomers in your garden or in a pot on your patio. Cranesbill is hardy and blooms from June to September. The perennial in the garden grows up to 40 cm high. Tip: Place this plant at a ‘forest edge’ in your own garden to help bees.
6. Catnip ( Nepeta )
Pussy meow, come soon. I have a nice catnip for you! Catnip is irresistible to your cat and insufferable to mosquitoes. The plant grows abundantly and even wants to proliferate, but is amazingly good at keeping out unwanted insects. Catnip contains nepetalactone, which repels mosquitoes. In addition, the lemon and minty scent also contribute to this. It is not without reason that there are anti-mosquito sprays on the market with catnip as an ingredient. Plus point: the flowers attract insects such as butterflies, bees, and lacewings.
Common bergamot plant ( Monarda didyma ) in beautiful scarlet red.
7. Bergamot plant ( Monarda )
Bergamot plant is an excellent plant for attracting fine insects and repelling the annoying ones. Bees, bumblebees, and butterflies come to it, mosquitoes not. In English, the plant is called bee balm for a reason. Do you want to do something extra against mosquitoes? Then crush some of the leaves to release the scented oil that mosquitoes don’t like. Bergamot plant is a large plant (approx. 100-120 cm) for the border and likes sun and light shade. The colors vary from red and pink to purple, lilac, and white. Keep the soil moist, although it can take a beating and can survive temporary drought.