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8 ways to keep mosquitos away naturally

By Edited Jan 13, 2016 6 27

Keep mosquitos away naturally

Mosquitoes transmit diseases to an estimated 600 million people annually worldwide, of which millions that are infected will result in death. The mosquito borne diseases are the viral disease yellow fever, dengue fever, and mostly the Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits them. The genus Anopheles mosquito carries malaria.

 

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During summer and with the rainy season at hand, these little pests are all over the place. It is very important that you protect your family, particularly young children, and the elderly from being beaten. Last year a co-worker went to South America to his sister’s wedding and a few days after returning to the USA he died from malaria.

 

There a hundreds, if not thousands of chemicals on the market today, which are used to fight, kill, and repellent mosquitos. Unfortunately, they all have side effects and can potentially be harmful to you, your family, and your pets.

 

For example, let us take are look at DDT, the inventor won a Nobel Prize for in 1948, which was used for a number of years to eradicate mosquitoes and other pests in America and other parts of the world. Today it is banned because it has been found to be very TOXIC. It is no longer used as a pesticide for crops but it is still widely used to fight mosquitos.

 

The creator knew what he was doing, so he created natural ways to protect you. Here are eight plants, which can help:

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1. Ageratum Plant

Ageratum is an annual herb, which grows about 60 cm high and produces small pink flowers. Its origin is in Central America and the Caribbean. It can also be found in several tropical and sub-tropical countries, including Brazil.

 

Ageratum Plant(56687)
How to prepare:

Buy the plant from your local nursery or home and garden store.

a)        You can grow the Plant in your backyard garden, or on your patio, it will repel mosquitos.

b)        Or you can cut the plant up in small pieces wash it out, or you can use the leaves. Put 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil, put the cut plant and or leaves in the boiling water, turn off the heat and cover for one hour. After it is cooled strain with a very fine strainer. Pour some in a spray bottle up to ¾ and full up the other ¼ with rubbing alcohol. Put the rest in a closed bottle and place on the fridge so you can have mosquito repellant for the entire season. You can then spray a small portion around the house (make sure you and your children are not allergic to the plant).

c)         You can also purchase the oil from your health food store. Put a few drops in a small spray bottle add some rubbing alcohol or water shake and spray around the house

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2. Basil Plant

Origin from India, and is used as a culinary herb that is very popular in many Italian dishes. Basil is a tropical plant that needs plenty of sunshine. It grows both outdoors and indoors and can easily be found in any garden store.

 

Basil Plant(56690)
How to prepare:

a)         You can grow the Plant in your backyard garden, or on your patio, it will repel mosquitos.

b)        Or you can cut the plant up in small pieces wash it out, or you can use the leaves. Put 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil, put the cut plant and or leaves in the boiling water, turn off the heat and cover for one hour. After it is cooled strain with a very fine strainer. Pour some in a spray bottle up to ¾ and full up the other ¼ with rubbing alcohol. Put the rest in a closed bottle and place on the fridge so you can have mosquito repellant for the entire season. You can then spray a small portion around the house (make sure you and your children are not allergic to the plant).

c)            You can also purchase the oil from your health food store. Put a few drops in a small spray bottle add some rubbing alcohol or water shake and spay around the house.

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3. Catnip Plant

Catnip is a member of the mint family, a perennial herb, and origin from North America and Europe. It is widely grown in gravelly soil, near streams, fields, and dry waste ground.

 

Catnip Plant(56681)

How to prepare:

a)         You can grow the Plant in your backyard garden, or on your patio, it will repel mosquitos that way.

b)        Or you can cut the plant up in small pieces wash it out, or you can use the leaves. Put 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil, put the cut plant and or leaves in the boiling water, turn off the heat and cover for one hour. After it is cooled strain with a very fine strainer. Pour some in a spray bottle up to ¾ and full up the other ¼ with rubbing alcohol. Put the rest in a closed bottle and place on the fridge so you can have mosquito repellant for the entire season. You can then spray a small portion around the house (make sure you and your children are not allergic to the plant).

d)       You can also purchase the oil from your health food store. Put a few drops in a small spray bottle add some rubbing alcohol or water shake and spay around the house.

e)        Dry the leaves and used it as a potpourri, because dried leaves retain their fragrance. If you have a cat, she or he will love you for that

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4. Citronella Plant

Origin: India, Citronella is a tall tropical grass related to the lemongrass. Unlike the lemongrass, citronella is not edible due to its unpleasant taste. It does not act as an insect repellent as a planted plant. It is not recommended to plant citronella in your backyard garden, because of its invasive behavior.

Citronella Plant

How to prepare:

a)        Cut the leaves and wash them out then crush and place in a small open container, the aromas will discourage mosquitoes.

b)        Purchase the oil from your health food store. Put a few drops in a small spray bottle add some rubbing alcohol or water shake and spay around the house.

c)       “Iowa State University recommends applying the oil directly to the skin or clothing, but notes that some people may be allergic to this plant. Test for allergy to the citronella oil by applying it to the inner forearm a day or so before using it as a topical repellent.”

5. Lavender Plant

Origin: Asia, the lavender plant is one of nature’s best and has been in use since ancient time. The Egyptians even used it as perfume and for bathing. Lavender is mentioned often in the holy book the Bible. John 12:3 "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard (from the Greek name for lavender, naardus), very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment."

 

Lavender Plant
How to prepare:

a)     You can grow the Plant in your backyard garden, or on your patio, it will repel mosquitos.

b)     Use the blossom; wash it. Put 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil, put the blossom in the boiling water, turn off the heat and cover for one hour. After it is cooled strain with a very fine strainer. Pour some in a spray bottle. Put the rest in a closed bottle and place on the fridge so you can have mosquito repellant for the entire season. You can then spray a small portion around the house (make sure you and your children are not allergic to the plant).

d)     You can also purchase the oil from your health food store. Put a few drops in a small spray bottle add some water shake and spay around the house.

e)     Dry the blossom and used it as a potpourri, because dried blossom retain their beautiful perfumery fragrance

6. Lemongrass Plant

Origin: India, lemongrass is a perennial herb and is widely cultivated for commercial purposes in Paraguay, India, England, Guatemala, China, Sri Lanka, Africa, and Central and South America. Generally, Thai people used it in many of their cooking recipes.  

 

Lemongrass Plant
How to prepare:

a)            You can grow the Plant in your backyard garden, or on your patio, it will repel mosquitos.

b)            Cut the leaves up in small pieces, wash it out. Put 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil, put the cut plant and or leaves in the boiling water, turn off the heat and cover for one hour. After it is cooled strain with a very fine strainer. Pour some in a spray bottle. Put the rest in a closed bottle and place on the refrigerator so you can have mosquito repellant for the entire season. You can then spray a small portion around the house or directly on the skin (make sure you and your children are not allergic to the plant).

c)      You can also purchase the oil from your local health food store. Put a few drops in a small spray bottle add some rubbing alcohol or water shake and spay around the house.

d)     Crushed the green leaves and place it in an open container, put the container in a safe place

 

7. Marigolds Plant

Origin: Central America: Marigold plants today can be found all over the tropics and subtropical region of the World. They are cultivated in India and Pakistan for medicinal purposes, flavoring, and dye and as ornamental plants.

 

Marigolds Plant
How to prepare:

a)         You can grow the Plant in your backyard garden, or on your patio, it will repel mosquitos.

b)        Use the leaves and blossom; wash it. Put 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil, put the cut plant and or leaves in the boiling water, turn off the heat and cover for one hour. After it is cooled strain with a very fine strainer. Pour some in a spray bottle up to ¾ and full up the other ¼ with rubbing alcohol. Put the rest in a closed bottle and place on the fridge so you can have mosquito repellant for the entire season. You can then spray a small portion around the house (make sure you and your children are not allergic to the plant).

c)         You can also purchase the oil from your health food store. Put a few drops in a small spray bottle add some rubbing alcohol or water shake and spay around the house.

 

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8. Rosemary Plant

Origin: Europe, Rosemary is a very common herb used in thousands of recipes, and is a very aromatic plant.

 

Ageratum Plant
How to prepare Rosemary Plant Mosquito Repellent:

a)         You can grow the Plant in your backyard garden, or on your patio, it will repel mosquitos.

b)        Or you can cut the plant up in small pieces wash it out, or you can use the leaves. Put 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil, put the cut plant and or leaves in the boiling water, turn off the heat and cover for one hour. After it is cooled strain with a very fine strainer. Pour some in a spray bottle up to ¾ and full up the other ¼ with rubbing alcohol. Put the rest in a closed bottle and place on the fridge so you can have mosquito repellant for the entire season. You can then spray a small portion around the house (make sure you and your children are not allergic to the plant).

c)            You can also purchase the oil from your health food store. Put a few drops in a small spray bottle add some rubbing alcohol or water shake and spay around the house.

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Comments

Aug 8, 2011 5:42pm
Emmy
Just what I needed this summer. Some people seem to attract mosquito bites and unfortunately I'm one of them. This made a very interesting read and I'll definitely be trying the marigolds and the rosemary solutions.
Aug 9, 2011 11:41pm
TheOne
Thanks for your comment. My son is like that, he attract mosquitos too.
Aug 9, 2011 11:40pm
TheOne
Does anyone know of other plans, which repel mosquitos?
Aug 22, 2011 1:30am
youth4ever
Very nice article. Mosquitos are really a pain for me where they are.
Aug 22, 2011 4:21am
esemchoy
Very nice article. This helps.
Aug 22, 2011 7:08am
SteveDoornbos
Excellent and informative article. Will certainly be using some of these tips and tricks in the very near future.
Aug 22, 2011 7:10am
SteveDoornbos
My wife was on cumaden blood thinner and mosquitos never bothered her. She always said the "didn't like blood lite."
Aug 22, 2011 8:52am
Lynsuz
Very informative article on how to fend off mosquitos naturally.
Aug 22, 2011 6:27pm
landocheese
I've tried only a few of these. Thanks for the other ideas to try next year!
Aug 22, 2011 10:00pm
dennokamau
I have another idea about repellent mosquito. You have can use dry manure from cow which is easy to obtain. When you lighting the dry manure and it will start produce smoke indoor. it will repel the mosquitoes but it has unpleasant smell. This is how Kenya traditional used.
Aug 23, 2011 11:10am
washingtonfamily
Fantastic!
Aug 23, 2011 11:10am
washingtonfamily
Fantastic!
Aug 25, 2011 3:28pm
danmont
I lived in South America for a while and I tried everything; nothing really worked. I wish I had read this article before. Thanks.
Sep 1, 2011 7:58am
TheOne
Thanks for all the great Comments. This will certainly encourage me to continue writing.
Emmy
youth4ever
esemchoy
SteveDoornbos
Lynsuz
Lynsuz
landocheese
dennokamau
washingtonfamily
danmont
jredd
Sep 1, 2011 9:33am
yogiinfashion
Excellent advice. I also get swarmed by mosquitoes. I don't know why but whenever I'm in a group of people, those mosquitoes start heading toward me. Dengue is a real concern in our country, especially during rainy season. Citronella, basil and lemongrass are likely to be the most convenient options for me. I'm going to start trying this out. Thanks.
Sep 1, 2011 11:09am
kigozi
You are actually theone. Thx for the article. I live in Africa-Uganda, where some of the listed plants do not exist. However, Alovera is another natual plant to look out for.
Sep 2, 2011 9:16am
BlogMakesMoney
very nice information I like Lemongrass Plant
Sep 5, 2011 4:38am
Tinnymerit
good and informative idea about mosquito eradication.
Sep 6, 2011 3:32pm
kmancloquet
Wow really good article. I had no idea that basil could be used as a mosquito repellent.
Sep 14, 2011 3:57pm
macolom
Great information. It is always refreshing to see people looking for a natural alternative. Very well written too!
Sep 15, 2011 10:12am
TheOne
Many, many thanks for all the comments
Sep 15, 2011 11:58am
Seraphine
Thank you very much for your very informative post. Your picture and color presentation is awesome. Congratulation on making it to the feature article column. Keep them coming.
Oct 17, 2011 6:43am
anointedtoday
Thanks. I new about the Marigolds, but not the other plants. This is reassuring to know.
Oct 18, 2011 6:30pm
smita
very informative article.
Oct 18, 2011 8:20pm
mosilager
Wonder how some of these plants would fare in the hot Texas summer heat?.
Dec 17, 2011 3:19am
AuroraWindsor
Great ideas.
Jun 18, 2013 1:36am
Yindee
Mosquitoes are actually attracted to carbon dioxide that we exhale. These herbs help to mask the smell. So keep them near to your pillow when you sleep. I come from South Africa and have found that Artemesia Afra - a type of wormwood can be taken internally as protection and treatment for malaria. So full marks for suggesting herbal repellents, especially wormwood.

To be quite honest, they don't bite me. So I stay close to my husband who obviously attracts them. What worked for him was taking a lot of juice made from flaxseed sprouts. Over time they stayed away from him too, because they did not like his scent anymore.
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