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These 7 Kitchen Plants Can Repel Mosquitoes Efficiently

Mayukh Bari11 June 2020 4:35PM IST
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Mosquitoes are a big problem in the tropical climate. They like humid and hot weather. We all use some kind of chemical repellent to get rid of them. But there are many plants which can do the job efficiently. Most of these plants are kitchen friendly too - you can use them as herb or spice. These are most common 7 kitchen plants which can repel mosquitos.

Basil / Tulasi

Basil is native to tropical regions from central Africa to Southeast Asia. It is a tender plant and is used in cuisines worldwide. This plant emits its aroma, which is not good for mosquitos. Basil is toxic to mosquito larvae, so you can put it near standing water to keep the mosquitos away from laying eggs.


This is one of the most used items in your kitchen. Garlic's pungent smell is not loved by many insects including mosquitoes. Consuming garlic can mildly repel mosquitoes. Squeezing and rubbing the juice directly on your skin can also keep mosquitoes far away. But doing this can make you a little less social too.

Lemon Grass

This plant tastes great when sprinkled over soups. But somehow mosquitos do not like that kind of soup. This is an invasive plant, so keep it in a flowering pot only. This also repels fleas. If you have a pet, you must keep this one in your garden.


This one is very easy to grow. Peppermint oil is not only great for repelling mosquitoes but can also help with relieving discomfort from itchy mosquito bites. Other mint plants also do the same but peppermint does it best. This plant spreads very easily so keep it in a pot.

Bee Balm

This is also known as horsemint, oswego tea, and bergamot. This plant is commonly used as a tea or as a delicious garnish for salads and other dishes. It also attracts bees into your garden which helps the pollination of other plants. Mosquitos do not like this plant and they stay at least 10 feet away from a single bee balm plant.


This herb is a popular for seasoning and for marinating. But this is also one of the best mosquito repellents. You can burn some dried rosemary and smoke the rooms to keep mosquitoes away for several hours. Rosemary oil has great benefits for skin and hair, too.

Lemon Thyme

Mosquitoes do hate lemon-scented plants. Native to the Mediterranean, this plant is a member of the mint family. This is used to give dishes a lemon flavour. For this plant to truly repel mosquitoes, you need to take few leaves and crush those to release its strong scent.

But always keep in mind that standing water is a breeding ground for many insects including mosquitoes. So try your best to keep stagnant water away from your house. Make sure to take care of all of your plants that repel mosquitoes so you can have a pest-free home.