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The best plants against wasps and mosquitoes

Plants: Natural protection against mosquitoes and wasps

In addition to purchased insect repellants and familiar home remedies, plants also help against wasps, mosquitoes and even hornets. Plants can even keep vermin away. And the good thing is: they also smell good. At least for our nose they are a relief. Mosquitoes and wasps, on the other hand, tend to feel annoyed by the smell of the plants and, in the best case, seek the distance.

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The best plants against mosquitoes and wasps for the garden and balcony

  • Lavender: Mosquitoes and wasps can't stand the smell of lavender. Either plant your garden or balcony with the pretty purple plants that bees like, for example. Or you can put a few drops of lavender oil in a bowl with a little water. The reason for this is the essential oils it contains - these are particularly concentrated in real lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and great Speik (Lavandula latifolia). Here you can find lavender plants in a set of 5 >>
  • Geraniums: Just as mosquitoes like lavender, they don't like geraniums, also known as pelargoniums. Due to the intense smell, pelargoniums are typical outdoor plants that are relatively easy to care for. They come in different colors from pink to red. Simply plant in a flower pot or container - and you're done. You can order the two-tone geranium "American White Splash" here for planting >>
  • Tomato: Mosquitoes don't stand on tomato plants at all either. Spread them on the terrace and they are gone. Extra tip: Tomato leaves drive away annoying mosquitoes even in the bedroom - just cut them into small pieces and place them on a plate on the bedside table.
  • Herbs and spices: As in lavender, there are also essential oils in basil, mint, thyme, lemon pelargonium, lemon balm, lemongrass (citronella oil) or rosemary and cloves. Mosquitoes and wasps do not like the scent and usually clear the field. However, rosemary also drives away important insects such as bees, so the herb should not be planted next to flowers. It is best to choose a separate corner for herbs. To ward off mosquitoes, put pots on the windowsill so that uninvited visitors stay outside and put mosquito nets on many windows. If you don't have or don't want to have fresh herbs at home, you can always work with the pure, essential oils such as lavender oil. Used in steam lamps you can achieve very good results with it. The plants and herbs do not only help in the house, of course: Spices in particular can be spread around the house so that mosquitoes can be driven away or not even get inside.
  • Garlic and ginger: We like garlic in combination with lemon in Mediterranean dishes. Mosquitoes and wasps do not like the smell that we then exhale. For ginger, cut a fresh ginger tuber into slices and lay them out on the terrace, balcony or in a bowl.
  • Marigold: It is unpleasant for all flying insects. Therefore, make sure that useful animals get alternatives and that the plant is only effective against uninvited guests. Otherwise, marigold, like lavender and herbs, are ideal for driving away mosquitoes in the garden. There is a mixture of marigolds as seeds >>
  • Wrong - light the coffee powder - This old home remedy should at most annoy wasps, but is not really suitable for wasp repellent.

Many a hobby gardener may have already considered buying a carnivorous plant against mosquitoes. However, these hardly help against mosquitoes, as the plants can only catch one insect at a time and often need several days to digest it. These plants are also questionable as wasp protection.

Home remedies: plants against mosquito and wasp stings

  • Aloe Vera: The thick-fleshed plant can be found in more and more homes. After a mosquito bite, simply cut off a leaf and rub it on the mosquito bite. The plant can also have a calming effect after a wasp sting. Aloe Vera is also said to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is best to cut off a fresh leaf and wash it. Then score the sheet with a knife, squeeze the gel out of the sheet and rub it on the affected area.
  • Marigold: The smell of the plant not only keeps mosquitoes away in the garden. In the case of a mosquito or wasp sting, it also helps in the form of marigold ointment.
  • Daisy: It is a bit cumbersome, but the plant helps against mosquito and wasp stings: collect, squeeze and drip the juice on the spot.
  • Parsley: Often you have the herb at home - chop it and put it on the sting. The essential oils soothe the itching.
  • Ribwort plantain: It is similar with the plant - with mosquito or wasp stings, grind the leaves between your hands and pour the juice on the sting.
  • Onions: The tuber is the front runner in mosquito and wasp stings, because the sulfur has an antibacterial and decongestant effect. The good thing: onions are almost always in the house. Simply cut it in the middle and rub it into the stitches.

Extra tip: To avoid mosquito bites, you can make a skin protection against mosquitoes yourself from the herbs mentioned such as basil and lemongrass as well as oil. Simply flavor normal oil well (e.g. add whole stalks to the oil) and then rub the mixture into the free areas such as arms or legs. First try a small area, because the skin can be allergic to essential oils.

More tips against wasps in the garden

Windfall should be cleared away quickly, as it otherwise attracts annoying pests. If you want to eat outside, make sure to put the food on the table just before consumption and to clear up the leftovers quickly afterwards. It is also important to clear away rotten wood that is still in the garden in good time in spring. From April the wasps start building their nests and for this they need wood.

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