to repel mosquitoes
would like to know if there are any plants that help to repel sandflies
and mosquitoes. I am wanting to repel these flying insects from
around my son's sandpit which is in the shade of a mature apple
are a number of plants reputed to repel mosquitoes, including basil,
fennel, garlic, lemon ironwood, lavender, marigolds, spearmint,
pennyroyal, rosemary, southernwood and 'Mozzie Buster' pelargonium.
The 'Mozzie Buster' pelargonium
(Pelargonium citrosum 'Van Leenii') has been implanted with
citronella genes, giving it a strong lemon scent that mixes with
its orginal rose scent. It is the lemon scent that repels mosquitoes,
so it is an ideal plant to position around outdoor entertaining
areas and children's play areas. You could also hang bunches of
the leaves from the apple tree or place around the sandpit.
Mints, especially spearmint
and pennyroyal, deter insects by masking the smell exuded by humans
that mosquitoes are attracted to. Plant around the area, or make
an oil to rub on the skin. Oil: place several handfuls of spearmint
or pennyroyal into a jar, cover with olive, sunflower or safflower
oil, sit on a windowsill for six to eight weeks, shake ever now
and then, then rub onto the skin.
abrotanum) is ideal for planting around sandpits because it
repels both mosquitoes and sandflies. Plant in a low hedge around
The leaves of fennel
will also repel mosquitoes, as will lemon ironwood, so plant around
the sandpit, or hang the leaves of lemon ironwood in bunches nearby.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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