People are prone to mosquito bites for a combination of reasons like scent, body temperature and dark-colored clothing, just to name a few. We are mosquito magnets, and their bites aren’t only itchy and annoying but can also be detrimental to our health, as these insects can spread diseases.
Fun Fact: Adult mosquitoes actually eat the nectar from plants. However, only female mosquitoes suck human blood, and it’s done for reproductive purposes, as it aids in the development of their eggs.
Over the years, mosquitoes have made headline news in Trinidad & Tobago for the spread of Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya. However, we can do our part to prevent them from getting their way. There are many products on the market that can help but they contain a lot of chemicals. While these don’t necessarily show negative long-term effects, sometimes it’s best to give your skin and body a break from external substances.
These are 5 plants that can help keep mosquitoes away.
Marigold, also known as Genda
Marigold or Genda is an easy-to-grow annual flower, and the smell it emanates deters mosquitoes. Grow them in pots and place them near your patio or entrance to your home to keep bugs out. Gendas are also a popular addition to borders and vegetable gardens, as they dissuade pests.
Rosemary is an herb that many of us are familiar with and its woody scent is exactly what keeps mosquitoes away. They do best in hot and dry climates and thrive in containers, which is perfect for any Caribbean household. Rosemary is such a versatile plant, not only does it keep pests away, it’s decorative and smells amazing, and brings flavour to your cooking.
Basil is another herb that can also double as a pest repellent. The strong smell the leaves produce is what keep pests at bay and all types of basil work. This herb likes to be kept damp, requires good drainage, and enjoys lots of sun. You can plant basil in containers or in your garden, alone or with other flowers, as long as both plants meet the same requirements.
Mint is excellent for keeping mosquitoes, flies and even ants away. The more pungent the aroma, the less bugs you’ll have. We suggest growing it in pots as they spread like wildfire. Mint is another very versatile plant as it can be used to make a good cup of tea, and/or in a mojito.
Burning sage is widely known for balancing the energy of your home but it’s also really good to ward off mosquitoes and other bugs. As these new additions to your gardens grow, here are a few more tips to help combat your mosquito problem.
1. Dispose of all containers in your yard that may collect water, as these can become mosquito breeding grounds.
2. If you do collect water in barrels, drums or even buckets, keep them covered.
3. Ensure proper drainage around your home, allow for a free flow of water in your gutters and drains.
We hope you found this article helpful!