Mosquitoes can be very disturbing and disrupt your sleep, especially at night. To keep them away and protect yourself from their unpleasant bites, you can use plants. Find out which one you can grow indoors to get rid of these pests.
To chase away mosquitoes that invade your home or bedroom, you can resort to natural tricks like growing plants indoors. Indeed, some repellent plants are effective in repelling insects such as flies or mosquitoes.
What plant can you grow indoors to keep mosquitoes away?
Lemongrass is a perennial aromatic plant with evergreen leaves. This herbaceous plant with a rhizomatous strain is native to Southeast Asia. Since it is not very rustic, Lemongrass is usually grown in pots. Sow the seeds at the end of winter, between January and March. Choose for it a pot containing a soil for seedlings, moist and drained. Seeds should be placed on the surface of the soil. Keep your pot in a warm, sunny location. The room temperature should preferably be between 20 and 25°C. As for the soil, be sure to keep it moist, but not soggy. Seed germination occurs between 20 and 40 days.
When the plants reach 15 cm in height, prick them into a new pot of at least 30 cm in diameter. Place at the bottom of the pot a layer of clay pebbles or gravel and use a substrate made up of equal parts potting soil, garden soil and sand. Keep a spacing of 5 to 7 cm between plants in order to promote root development. Then water abundantly without forgetting to remove the stagnant water in the saucer or the cache-pot in order to avoid the rotting of the roots. Fertilize your plant with a natural fertilizer one month after transplanting the seedlings.
During the summer, it is advisable to water the lemongrass plants regularly to keep the soil moist on the surface. Stop all water supply during the winter because the plant enters a dormant period.
Prune your plant whenever necessary. To do this, remove dead leaves and old stems. Remember to win your citronella every two years.
Lemongrass is a natural repellent for many insects such as mosquitoes. That said, it is not at risk of insect attacks. In contrast, the only parasite she fears is the snail.
What other mosquito repellent plants are there?
Besides lemongrass, there are other plants that are effective in repelling mosquitoes.
Lavender to repel mosquitoes
Lavender is a flowering perennial shrub that can be planted in spring or fall. Lavender appreciates a sunny exposure and a well-drained potting soil. Feel free to mix your potting soil with the soil to lighten it and make it draining. In fact, damp soil could cause your lavender to wilt. For a culture in pot, use a potting soil for flowering plants and water your plant as soon as the soil dries out on the surface.
Rosemary, an anti-mosquito plant
Rosemary is an aromatic plant ideal for flavoring dishes, but also for repelling mosquitoes.
Growing rosemary in pots is easy. Plant it in a pot with a hole in the bottom to promote drainage. By the way, rosemary does not like humidity. Standing water could kill it. That said, water your plant only when the soil is dry, without overdoing it. Regarding the substrate, choose a special potting soil or aromatic plants. Also remember to prune the rosemary regularly, in order to obtain healthy and vigorous plants.
Other plants can also be used to repel mosquitoes, such as nepeta, pelargonium, also known as florist’s geranium, peppermint or ornamental tobacco.
What are some other tips for keeping mosquitoes away?
In addition to plants, there are other tricks to keep mosquitoes away. The most common trick is to use essential oils. Indeed, the smell of lemongrass, bourbon geranium or lemon eucalyptus essential oil is effective in keeping mosquitoes away for a few hours. You can use an essential oil diffuser, or soak a cotton ball or handkerchief with a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. and leave it at the edge of the window. Another trick is to prick half a lime with cloves and keep it in a cup near your bed. Mosquitoes hate the smell of cloves and wouldn’t risk approaching you. The smell of white vinegar is also a good mosquito repellent. Just leave a glass of white vinegar on your window sill to prevent these pests from entering your home.
That said, plants can be a good way to control mosquitoes that disturb your sleep, without having to resort to insecticides or chemical mosquito repellents.
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