Those small, annoying creatures, mosquitoes, have always made us run helter-skelter because they are thought to be carriers of diseases from person to person, animal to animal and from human to animals. How true it is that in Africa alone mosquitoes that kill one child below the age of five each thirty seconds, are the foremost cause of infection and account for the greatest number of deaths all over the planet.
The application of mosquito repellents in the manner of mosquito coils, electronic mosquito repellents, mosquito repellent creams, herbal mosquito lotions and plants help keep mosquitoes at bay. Furthermore, pesticides sprayed on plants could also help.
However some individuals could become allergic to these ways and suffer from allergies of the skin, nasal cavity and throat. So it is extremely advisable and environmentally friendly to consider plants to repel mosquitoes.
Citronella, a plant that grows to a height of two feet, gives an annual bloom of lavender color flowers and finds its place as one of the most famous mosquitoes repelling plants . You could find these plants usually in places of warm climate. The oil of the citronella plant is used in scents and other herbal products because of their mosquito repelling quality.
If you love raising marigold of the African or French variety in your garden, you have a mosquito repellent right in your backyard. Marigolds, growing to the height of between six inches and three feet, grow well in sunny climates and detests the shade because it slows its growth process. The marigold plant of both the French and African species are able to repel mosquitoes because of the curious smell that they possess.
Rosemary, a bush that grows up to 4 to 5 feet high, is a highly-rated mosquito repellent. This shrub grows larger than others and has blue flowers. Rosemary, a drought resistant shrub is also used in many fish recipes as an ingredient.
In addition, green lemon grass acts as a powerful mosquito repellent, because of the citronella oil contained in it. This perennial plant of India and Thailand grows up to 2 feet high, provides us with lemon grass oil and acts as a pesticide and preservative. The tea manufactured out of lemon grass proves to become very refreshing.
Lavender, the beautiful purple colored plant, not just increases the attractiveness of your backyard, but also repels mosquitoes. This plant is a gardener’s favourite. It grows to a height of four feet, and needs 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 make powerful mosquito repellents. Catnip oil made from the catnip plant and horse mint with pink bloom also serves as a mosquito repellent.
Garlic the wonder vegetable that is used in recipes also repels mosquitoes. The powerful smell of bulbs of garlic assists to ward off mosquitoes. Furthermore, herbs like basil, penny royal, and ageratum are also known for their mosquito repellent qualities.
Hence there is no need to feel that these small insects can annoy you at their will and take over your life. You can take control of their life without using chemical smells or using costly electronic devices. It is the case that growing mosquito repellent flowers also makes for a beautiful garden.
*Original story posted by Owen J. on Gather – http://politics.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474979338811