Plants that attract or repel mosquitoes?
Posted 08 August 2010 - 03:47 PM
Posted 08 August 2010 - 07:38 PM
Lemongrass (also known as barbed wire grass, silky heads, citronella grass, fever grass or Hierba Luisa ).
Lemon Geranium (Pelargonium lemoneum)
Citrus or Lemon Thyme (Thymus citriodorus)
Lemon Basil (has small leaves)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora)
Here's a link that tells you how to grow one of them:
Grow your own Mosquitio Repellent
Posted 08 August 2010 - 07:50 PM
We planted lots of basil it does surprisingly great at the beach or at least across the street from the beach. Marigolds as also been suggested and they grow well here also with seeds available at Home Depot. The marigolds did not reseed like the basil did however
Posted 08 August 2010 - 07:58 PM
Here are some plants you may use :
Waterlilies, Water lettuce, Water Hyacinths, Taro (Elephant ear), Papyrus.
Posted 08 August 2010 - 08:03 PM
Those are the plants I give as gifts to newcomers that live several houses away, between growing mosco repleeling plants at my hose and giving mosco attracting plants to neighbors bocks away I have few skeeters in my yard.
Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:11 PM
Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:21 PM
Neem trees are effective in repelling mosquitoes (and even other insects). You can purchase them at any nursery but realize that, as a barrier, they won't work for your whole yard if you plant them next to the house. If you do that, it will only keep them from coming inside. One of my friends has them planted in pots that she then places around whichever patio she is entertaining on at the moment.
Neem oil works too - and can be purchased at the Merida English Library.
Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:39 PM
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:34 AM
many thanks for the info. Since mosquitoes mostly feed on nectar (when the females aren't sucking my blood so they can make eggs!) I was wondering if there were plants that I should avoid planting because they were mosquito favourites and might attract the little blighters...
You're right, Neil. They feed on nectar (from any flower by the way) and will look for it within their usual 1-2 km radius habitat territory. So even if you don't have flowers, they'll manage to find it close by. I'd do the same thing Yolisto-Khaki suggests for the repellent plants: using small pots, placing some close to the windows and doors or wherever they are.
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I should know better than to use Husband's computer. It's te de lÃmon not limoM....grumble, stupid Konquerer, low light and rotten keyboard. It couldn't possibly be me!
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