Mosquito Repellent Plants For Home

Indoor plants are known for many great properties as pollution absorber, air freshener, humidity absorber, etc. but there is one more property that we should talk about is that few plants keep the mosquitos away from your house. 

We need to understand first what attracts the mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted mostly to all kinds of flowers to feed on the jews which are known as Nectar but there are many plants that repel them as well.

Here are few easy to be available plants which can be grown at home to keep the mosquitos away from home. 


Marigold is easily available in almost all plant lover’s home but many of them don’t know that this flower has a mosquito repeller property. This flower has a unique chemical substance in it which is called pirates room whose unique aroma keeps away the mosquitos. It releases this chemical and it diffuses into the air and it stops various kinds of mosquitoes like Anopheles and Aedes mosquito etc. 

Marigold - A mosquito repellent plant
Tulsi - A Mosquito repeller plant

Tulsi or Holy Basil

This plant is also very common in Indian houses because of religious reasons but this plant is also a great mosquito repeller. Tulsi leaves have this chemical called tarragon which is also volatile and it emits into the air easily and we all know the smell of Tulsi.

Mint (Mentha)

Mint leaves are also known for great mosquitoes and insect repellent properties. Mints have mentha which has the aromatic property so if you crush mint leaves and rub it on your skin then it will keep you away from insects and mosquitos as well. It can be easily grown in a pot. 

Mint - A mosquito repeller indoor plant
Lemon Grass - A mosquito repeller indoor plant

Lemon Grass

Another indoor plant is Lemon Grass which has the lemony smell which is also known for its great mosquito repellent property.  It can easily be grown indoor and has many health benefits as well. Drinking lemon grass tea is full of health benefits like Good for Digestion, Full of antioxidants, Regulates High Blood Pressure, Boosts Metabolism and Burns Fat. Good for Skin and Hair, Heals Cold and Flu and many more..

Note: It’s suggested to keep these plants around the entry points like windows door and balcony areas.

Another thing that attracts mosquitoes is the stagnation of water in the plants. so we suggest that you avoid the stagnation of water in the pots and empty the drainage plates and keep the pots covered with pebbles stones or keep the dry soil plants like snake plants, money plants, etc. 

5 indoor plants to grow at home

We really love our kitchen gardens or terrace gardens but these days indoor gardens are very popular.

Bill Wolverton an American scientist invented the air-purifying theory and tested few plants which were really helpful to clean the air of our surroundings. Isn’t it amazing?

Here are a few easy to grow Indoor Plants indoor plants that are best for air purification and can be effortlessly grown at home in small pots.

ZZ plant:

ZZ plant doesn’t need much care, in fact, it doesn’t need water frequently. Watering it twice a month is also good for it. You can easily keep it inside the gallery balcony. It needs to stay away from direct sunlight. You can keep it in the room at your desk as well. It’s really efficient to absorb pollutants that are generated from crude oil.

Rubber Plants: 

There are two types of rubber plants available in India. You might have mostly seen the burgundy color rubber plants which are quite common and the other one is variegated kind. It needs the soil moist every time. It doesn’t need much water but the moisture needs to be there in the soil. You can keep this plant in your living room. It adds some height so you need a stick to give it little support. This plant also shouldn’t place directly under the sunlight. It is known for removing pollutants like formaldehyde from the air. Such chemicals are mostly found in paints, detergent or crude oil etc.

Fiddle leaf fig: 

This plant comes with broader leaves which looks really beautiful. It’s known for reducing humidity along with air pollutants. So if there is a spot in your house that may have some fungal problems so you can grow in that corner. If anyone in our home has some breathing problem then it may be helpful. It needs bright place so you can place it near the window, It shouldn’t be in the dark place so either direct or indirect sunlight will work for it.

Areca palm: 

This indoor plant is available in various sizes so whatever size you like for your Areca palm you can get it. You shouldn’t keep it in direct sunlight. It also needs moist soil so every 3-4 days you can water it. It’s very efficient in removing benzene and formaldehyde which are known for creating short term to long term immunity problems.

Monstera Adansonii:

This plant is also available in so many varieties. It looks really beautiful because of it’s growing with cut leaves naturally. It needs a bright area of the home where it can grow and also need moist soil. This is also efficient in removing formaldehyde from the air.

Most of the time people bring their favorite plants from the nursery or online and immediately put them into new pots and this way they give a sudden environment change to the plants. Plants may take some time to adapt to the new environmental conditions. So instead of putting them in a pot immediately better is to keep them in the same plastic bag for some time then place in the new pots.  Happy gardening!!