If only there was a foolproof way of keeping those bloodsucking insects away life would be so much more agreeable. Of course you can use repellent sprays, but how much easier it would be if we could just plant several common herbs that we use in the kitchen. Well it seems that there are seven plants that mosquitos do not like and so keep their distance. This idea comes from an article by Archit Tripathi which I found on the Wimp website.

I’m not, by any means, saying that I’m ready for the winter weather again… but I will say I’m getting a little sick of getting eaten alive by mosquitos every time I step outside. Yes, I know I can put on some kind of bug repellant spray/ointment, but those always smell really funky. Luckily, there are several great plants that work to clear the area of these pesky blood-suckers?naturally. While the benefits are greatly compounded?by crushing the leaves of these plants, just having them around also seems to do the trick!

1. Basil

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While humans can’t get enough of the aroma and flavor of basil, mosquitos and flies despise it. Just place it in any sunny spot around your house and water occasionally. Plus, you can pluck it from time to time to make all kinds of deliciousness!

2. Catnip

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This is gonna make your cat very happy. Besides getting your cats buzzed, catnip also helps ward off mosquitos and has some pretty gorgeous white and purple flowers to boot.

3. Citronella Grass

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You’ve probably already heard of citronella as a bug repellant in the form of citronella candles, bug sprays, etc. Those products all utilize the bug-banishing powers of the actual citronella grass itself. Plant it around your yard to help keep it clear of pests, but don’t try to rub it directly to yourself – the concentrated oil can be quite irritating to the skin.

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