Plants can be a great natural repellent to keep mosquitoes away from your home. They are several and with different characteristics that make them more or less suitable for different environments.
In this article, you will find information about the 5 most effective plants for the control of mosquitoes, with characteristics and properties.
Plants To Control Mosquitoes.
The Catambra is one of the most effective plants for the control of mosquitoes thanks to the presence of Catalpol (four times higher than other ornamental plants), a repellent substance contained in abundance in its leaves.
This plant is protected by the European Patent and can be identified by a rip-off label on the canopy with a special control code and by an indelible stamp printed on the stem. It is protected under the brand Ambrös’ Plants.
The Catambra is a plant of the family of the Bignoniaceae native to Boreal America and can exceed 3 meters in height. In Spain it grows without difficulty even in the northern regions with a more rigorous climate and does not require special maintenance. Its leaves are odorless and the plant does not produce flowers.
The catambra is also available in pots and, therefore, also suitable for apartments, offices or other interior spaces.
The plant is able to scare away mosquitoes within a radius of 4 to 5 meters.
Lemongrass has been known for a long time as an effective plant against mosquitoes.
It is also widely used to make candles with a repellent effect, ideal for balconies and terraces.
Lemongrass is a herbaceous, evergreen plant, native to South Asia. The most effective varieties to use as a repellent are the Cymbopogon Nardus and the Cymbopogon Winterianus. In English, it is commonly called lemon grass because of its lemon-like smell. The plant has a thick form, with leaves of intense green color, and can reach the meter of height.
In Asia and Africa it is also used in cooking as an ingredient in herbal teas, soups and sauces.
Catnip, scientifically known as Nepeta cataria, is a powerful mosquito repellent according to numerous studies, including the one conducted at Iowa State University by researcher Chris Peterson.
The plant grows in the temperate zones of Europe and therefore it is very easy to grow in Spain. The name “catnip” comes from the fact that it is a plant much sought after by cats that eat it to improve digestion or to cleanse the stomach of the hair that they often swallow when they lick it.
A plant much more effective against mosquitoes than DEET, the main chemical used in repellents.
The Monarda is definitely the anti-mosquito plant with the most beautiful fuchsia flowers! Native to North America and belonging to the Lamiaceae family, it grows easily and quickly.
Monarda the sun, is not afraid of drought and is very resistant. Therefore, it is an excellent balcony floor from all points of view.
The aroma of its leaves sometimes reminds the incense and sometimes the bergamot in relation to the variety (for example, Monarda Didyma and Monarda Citriodora). The dried leaves are used in tea or to make scented linen bags.
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) is probably the best indoor anti-mosquito plant for its pleasant aroma and blue flowers, but also for the ease with which it can be grown in a pot.
Its cultivation is very simple since the plant does not require any special attention. Its repellent effect against mosquitoes and flies is proven.
Also as an anti-mosquito plant for balcony lavender is also excellent for the scenic effect that can ensure its shrubs. The dried leaves can also be stored in scented linen bags.
Mosquito Control Plants: Do They Really Work?
The mosquito repellent effect of the plants that we have proposed in this article is proven by many experiences and direct studies.
Of course, you will have to use common sense and “calibrate expectations” in relation to the environment and the layout of the plants.
You can not expect one of these plants in a single pot to keep mosquitoes out of open spaces and several square meters or worse on windy days.
However, if you place several pots or plants in strategic points of your terrace or house, the mosquito repellent effect will help you a lot!
The cost of these plants is low, so it is best to try to combine them. and then choose to maintain those with which you are most pleased.