Mosquitoes are nasty pests. They constantly buzz around, drink out blood and spread diseases like malaria, dengue and zika. You may take many measures like closing your windows and doors by evening, burning mosquito coils, vaporizers and dousing yourself with mosquito repellent sprays or creams to protect yourself. However they may not solve the problem completely. Mosquito repellents usually contain chemicals, which can cause skin irritation, redness or allergy. And why would you want to douse yourself with those chemicals when you can get rid of the mosquitoes naturally by potting some plants in your garden or inside the house. These fragrant plants are natural mosquito repellent. Here is a list of five house plants you must have to keep away mosquitoes naturally. (ALSO READ 5 house plants that detoxify your home and give you better sleep).

Citronella Grass

Citronella Grass

Citronella Grass

Citronella grass is one of the best natural ways to get rid of the mosquitoes. Citronella or lemon grass is known for its distinct aroma and this repels the mosquitoes. The best part is that it is easy to maintain and will not need much attention. Keep the planter in a sunny area in your garden and keep the mosquitoes out. Buy the true varieties, Citronella winterianus or Cybopogon nardus.

Basil

Basil

Basil

Basil is another plant with a distinct smell. Basil will get rid of the mosquitoes and other pests like flies. You can plant it in your garden area that enjoys lots of sun. Make sure the plant is damp and the planter has proper drainage. You can also take some leaves and rub them on your skin to protect yourself against mosquito bites.

Marigold

Marigold

Marigold

This beautiful flowering plant is as attractive as it is useful. The fragrance of marigold repels mosquitoes. You can grow it using the seeds in the flower. Keep the marigold plant near your window or other entry points of mosquitoes. Marigold also repels other insects. (ALSO READ Mosquito Repellent Creams: Are They Safe to Use?).

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary is not only a great herb, it is also an excellent mosquito repellent. You can place the plant inside the house or outside. This herb is sturdy and you do not have to pay a lot of attention. Keep it in a bright place and it will flourish. You can also place cuttings of the plant to get rid of mosquitoes and fill your house with a nice smell.

Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint is used in many natural mosquito repellents. It is effective in keeping the mosquitoes away. You can take a few leaves of peppermint and rub it on your skin.

It is better to use natural mosquito repellents instead mosquito coils or vaporizer as they can cause many health issues. Many of mosquito repellent creams in the market contain chemical components, which can affect your health with prolong use.