20 Jul The best natural repellents of gnats, mosquitos and other similar insects…
Now that the good weather is great for outside evenings, the gnats, mosquitoes, ants and other annoying insects represent always a problem…
Did you know that there are plants that are natural repellents of these pests?
And you can opt to:
– plant them in your garden or yard;
– make homemade insecticides with them;
– buy these solutions premade and ready to use easily and effectively in health food stores or herbal shops.
So, let’s see what plants you can use:
Rosemary – either used burned, in essential oils or planted near your house, Rosmarinus officinalis is an excellent insect repellent (and by the way, it also repels cats!);
Lavender – besides being a plant that aromatizes internal or external environments, due to its sweet smell it helps to repel mosquitoes;
Citronella – its scientific name is Cymbopogon Nardus and belongs to the family of Gramineae. It is one of the plants most used as repellent of flying insects in the solutions with trademark. When combined with valerian (Valeriana officinalis) and with geraniums (Pelargonium hybridum), its effect becomes even more powerful;
Clove – this Syzygium aromaticum can be used in a practical way, skewered on lemon halves cut to that effect, serving as an excellent repellent;
Peppermint – this Mentha piperita is an excellent repellent for ants;
Basil (Ocimum basilicum – Fig. 1) and Lemon thyme (Thymus x citriodorus – Fig.2) – have a strong citrus scent that is ideal to repel flies and mosquitoes;
Figure 1 – Basil
Figure 2 – Lemon thyme