Plants can be a great natural repellent to keep mosquitoes out of your home. They are various 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 mosquito control, with characteristics and properties.
Plants to control mosquitoes.
The Catambra is one of the most effective plants for mosquito control 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 tear-resistant 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 bignogniaceae family native to Boreal America and can exceed 3 meters in height. In Spain it grows without difficulty even in the northern regions with a harsher 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 is therefore also suitable for apartments, offices or other interior spaces.
The plant is able to repel mosquitoes in a radius of 4 to 5 meters.
Lemongrass has long been known 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 Cymbopogon Nardus and Cymbopogon Winterianus. In English it is commonly called lemongrass because of its lemon-like smell.
The plant has a bushy shape, with deep green leaves, and can reach a meter in 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 temperate areas of Europe and is therefore very easy to grow in Spain. The name “catnip” comes from the fact that it is a highly sought after plant by cats that eat it to improve digestion or to cleanse the stomach of the hair that they often swallow when licking themselves.
A much more effective plant against mosquitoes than DEET, the main chemical used in repellants.
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.
The Monarda the sun, does not fear drought and is very resistant. Therefore, it is an excellent balcony plant from all points of view.
The aroma of its leaves is sometimes reminiscent of incense and sometimes 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 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 and its repellent effect against mosquitoes and flies is proven.
Also as an anti-mosquito plant for a balcony, lavender is also excellent for the scenic effect that it can ensure your bushes.
The dried leaves can also be stored in scented linen bags.
Mosquito Control Plants: Do They Really Work?
The mosquito repellent effect of 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 “gauge expectations” in relation to the environment and the arrangement of the plants.
One of these plants in a single pot cannot be expected to keep mosquitoes out of open spaces and several square feet or worse, on windy days.
However, if you place several pots or plants in strategic points on 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 keep those with which you are most happy.