During the fall months,
spring, and summer, mosquitoes tend to permeate the yard and
no matter the effort made to get rid of them, it seems and
has proven hard to control this particular pest. However,
mosquitoes hate some plants and this can help a great deal
when it comes to the control of mosquitoes. Here are some of
the plants that can be used for mosquito control;
Marigolds - This edible flower thrives in dry, warm
climate and repels mosquitoes. This flower is an annual
flower (bedding plant) whose blossom displays very bright
colors all seasons. Marigolds displays red, orange, yellow,
white, or gold blossoms but this depends on the plant.
Lantanas - Mosquitoes repel plants that display vibrant
colors. This makes them repel the lantanas plant since its
blossoms are very bright. However, mosquitoes also repel the
odor emitted by the leaves of this flower when you bruise
them. The lantanas flower is toxic unlike the marigold
flower and does very well when planted in containers and
makes a great hanging basket flower.
Chrysanthemums - Mosquito control is made possible with
the help of this edible flower that is graced with a large
variety of gold, purple, red, and white hues. The sun
notifies the flower of the chrysanthemums plant when to
blossom, because its inner clock is light sensitive. This is
why the flower blossoms in autumn and during summer.
Horsemint – This plant produces a strong odor just like the
citronella plant thus repelling mosquitoes.
Ageratum – Mosquitoes cannot stand the smell produced by
this plant that mainly secretes coumarin (a chemical
compound that occurs naturally in a number of plants).
Coumarin can also be produced synthetically and is a
component found in many OTC mosquito repellents which are
used for mosquito control.
Mosquito Plant – The scented geranium which is
well-known as the "mosquito plant" is a member of
pelargonium family. The origin of this plant is South Africa
and unlike most geraniums, it is known for its citron scent
that repels mosquitoes. The plant works best as a repellent
against mosquitoes when you crush its leaves and apply them
on the skin.
Lemon Balm – This plant has a strong citrus, pleasant
smell that keeps the mosquitoes at bay. This plant contains
a very high amount of the citronella oil that the mosquitoes
hate. Most variety of the lemon balm can grow under the sun
or partial shade. However, Quedlinburger Niederliegende
variety has very high levels of citronella.
Catnip – This plant contains Nepetalactone oil that is
hated by mosquitoes but loved by cats. Catnip is a member of
mint family and is a perennial herb. However, a study was
conducted and it was found that catnip is ten times more
effective than commercial repellents ingredient well-known
as diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET).
Citronella Grass – This coarse grass mainly grows in
clumps, and can even reach five feet in height. this plant
is formally known as Cymbopogon nardus, nard grass, mana
grass, or nardus. Citronella grass is a member of Graminea
or Poaceae family and does quite well in warm climates. It
hardly survives a cold winter season and should be replanted
during spring. This popular plant is in most cases used for
mosquito control. The leaves of this plant contain oil that
is extracted when crushed. Citronella has a very strong
smell, which makes it hard for mosquitoes to breath. You can
thus break a few leaves and scatter them in the yard for
Note: While planting this
plant, you need not provide light for its seeds.