DIY Mosquito Repelling Container Garden

Helpful tips from award-winning garden designer, Shirley Bovshow.

DIY Mosquito Repelling Container Garden - Home & Family

Mosquito repelling plants:

--Have strong fragrance, & mask human odors that attract mosquitos.

--Emit offensive odors to mosquitos

--Emit chemical compounds such as phytol and coumarin, scientifically proven to repel mosquitos.

--Contain leaves and stems with strong, fragrant essential oils that can also be extracted or crushed and rubbed on your skin.

Mosquitos are drawn by the carbon dioxide we exhale and sweat we produce

Where to place a mosquito container garden:

--If you want to use plants to discourage mosquitos from coming into your private space, place the containers next to sitting areas and turn on a fan to help circulate the strong scent they emit.

--Mosquitos aren't strong flyers and these plants add a deterrent layer to compliment citronella candles or mosquito traps you may be using already.

Some great plants to use in anti-mosquito container:

--Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has pungent fragrance from camphor which repels mosquitos

--Tagetes or "Mexican marigold"- has fragrant orange yellow flower similar to fennel with Borneal, a natural insect repellent

--Lemon Scented Geranium -sold in USA and Europe as "mosquito plant" with potent Citrosa and Limonen compounds

--Marigolds- roots of Marigold contain substance that repels mosquitos and other insects

--Catnip -Iowa State University research found oil from catnip contains repellent stronger than synthetic DEET

--Other good mosquito repellent plants include: Lavender, basil, lemon balm, peppermint and others

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