Nature offers us solutions to keep mosquitoes away effectively. By choosing your plants wisely, it is indeed possible to no longer suffer the onslaught of mosquitoes, insects of the family of Culicidae also called the maringouins, and without chemicals. Here is a spotlight on the best mosquito repellent plants to grow without moderation in the garden, on the terrace, the balcony and the windowsills.
1 – Rosemary (sage rosmarinus)
It is among the plants that the mosquito hates the most because of its strong smell. This beautiful aromatic shrub is essential in the kitchen to flavor multiple dishes. We therefore do not deprive ourselves of it, especially since rosemary does not need special care as long as it is well rooted. It is grown in a large container, but also in the ground, isolated or in a hedge. Mosquitoes better watch out!
2 – Lemon thyme (Thymus x citriodorus)
Perfect plant for very sunny areas and which likes dry soil, this thyme is a mosquito repellent known for its efficiency since the dawn of time. Moreover, this thyme hybrid is an essential culinary ally.
3 – Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
It’s about a grass well known for its essential oil particularly effective which relieves the inconveniences resulting from mosquito bites. But she also has a repellent effect on these undesirables. Its foliage exhales a lemon smell, even stronger when you crumple the leaves between your fingers.
4 – Lavender officinalis or True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
It is a shrub that smells of the South and is particularly fond of dry soils, even poor ones, as well as situations in full sun. Foraging insects love it. In contrast, mosquitoes flee her ! To be planted in rockery not far from the terrace to be quiet. We can also make magnificent bouquets of lavender to place in all the rooms of the house in order to take advantage of their sublime perfume which evokes the landscapes of Provence and to no longer have mosquitoes at home.
5 – Mint (Mentha)
Its strong smell repels mosquitoes. Mint is therefore cultivated without moderation, especially since it can be used in cooking or tasted as an infusion. A good idea is to have a big pot of mint on the worktop, but that doesn’t prevent you from installing some outside, not far from the garden furniture for example, so as not to be stung during barbecue evenings. .
6 – The Basilisk (The basilisk)
If basil is a pure delight for our taste buds, it is not the same for the mosquitoes (and flies) that it repels with efficiency. This annual aromatic plant likes both in pots and in the ground. The icing on the cake, in addition to repelling mosquitoes, Basil relieves itching caused by their bites. All you have to do is crumple a leaf to release its essential oil, then simply pass it over the area concerned.
7 – The Pelargonium (Pelargonium)
Pelargonium is a plant of the family of Gerianaceae. It produces citronellolan organic compound whose action is twofold: it repels mosquitoes et destroys their larvae. It is a very floriferous plant, declined in a rich palette of colors, which we like to install in planters to vegetate the railing of a terrace, a balcony and to flower the windows. Contrary to what many people think, it’s not a geraniumeven though these two plants belong to the same botanical family and are natural mosquito repellents.
8 – The Petunia (Petunia)
In addition to blooming abundantly May until frost, this annual plant happily replaces polluting insecticides that are dangerous to health. His mosquito repellent action can’t be denied and mosquitoes aren’t the only ones who hate Petunia: its scent also keeps bedbugs, aphids and many other unwanted critters away. It is therefore not for nothing that he is given the nickname ofinsecticide naturel. A few Petunia planters on the windowsills help repel mosquitoes while bringing a colorful note to the facade of the house. It is also the balcony flower par excellence.
9 – Common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Very fragrant, this plant easy to grow is a mosquito repellent that also works against leek fly, ants, whiteflies and many other parasitic insects. It can be installed anywhere, in the pleasure garden or in the vegetable garden, and even in pots. This decorative plant is a perennial whose golden yellow flowers in corymbs bloom throughout the summer. It reseeds itself spontaneously.
10 – The mountain silver gum tree (Eucalyptus dust)
Cet Eucalyptus is a dwarf shrub with aromatic foliage of a pretty blue. Rustic, it withstands down to -10°C. It can be installed on the terrace because it likes a container. It’s a shrub decorative and fragrant to treat yourself absolutely if you don’t want to be bothered by mosquitoes.
All these mosquito repellent plants are effective, but it is still essential to take a few precautions at the same time so as not to attract these insects. To do this, we take care to always empty the water from the saucers that is placed under flower pots because mosquito larvae can swarm there quickly.