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Natural Mosquito Repellents

One can easily make natural mosquito repellents at home. Mosquitoes can be controlled even with the natural products other than the chemicals. There are a wide range of natural repellents that can be made with different formulations. Essential oils from certain herbs are beneficial as the mosquitoes find them distasteful and get killed. But the repellents may cause skin irritation when used in excess. Also it is advisable that mosquito repellents, natural or chemical should not be used in case you are a pregnant.

There are certain natural plants that help to get rid of mosquitoes. They are as follows:

Citronella Grass

The oil extracted from this plant effectively drives away the mosquitoes. This is a tropical plant that grows to a height of 6 feet and hence, cannot be planted that easily in the backyard. The oil can be put in the lanterns or candles and cane be burned in the yard to repel the mosquitoes.

Catnip

Catnip is a herb that is most commonly used as feed to cats and as a stuff in toys. The oil extracted from this herb is ten times effective in repelling mosquitoes than any other natural herb. You can even plant this herb to get rid of mosquitoes.

Rosemary

The oil of this herb is also effective in repelling mosquitoes. Though they are attractive, they can even repel mosquitoes. They are tropical plants and cannot grow in cold climates. But you can grow a rosemary in a pot.

Marigolds

They are annual plants with bright flowers that are lemon yellow to dark orange and red. They have a peculiar smell that many insects and humans find unpleasant.They are very beneficial for repelling mosquitoes and other insects that attack vegetables such as aphids.

Mosquito Plants

They are the plants available in market that can actually repel mosquitoes. The leaves or flowers of these plants are crushed to extract oil. This oil is mixed along with vodka or alcohol and can be used as a natural mosquito repellent.

Planting these plants is a great choice for your backyard for repelling mosquitoes. They not only deal with the insects but also add beauty to the yard and are not harmful.

1 response to Natural Mosquito Repellents

  1. Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE) is a plant based ingredient approved by the EPA and Center for Disease Control for use as a repellent. OLE comes from the leaves of the Eucalyptus Citriodora tree and is proven to be as effective as DEET in repelling ticks and mosquitoes.Cutter and Repel both make a Lemon Eucalyptus product which can be found at Target or on-line. If you are looking for a more natural insect repellent, this is a great choice!

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