If you are living in a warm region, the chances are you are constantly being annoyed by insects like mosquitoes. However, these pests are not only annoying and capable of producing itchy bumps, but they are also highly dangerous. They spread fatal diseases as well, which is the reason why they are often referred as one of the most dangerous animals worldwide.

Here are some of the reasons why mosquitoes are simply the worst!

Mosquitoes put 40% of the world at risk for dengue, which causes “the feeling of broken bones”: Also known as break bone fever, this is the most rapidly mosquito-borne disease worldwide.

Mosquitoes spread yellow fever, which the WHO calls “the original viral hemorrhagic fever”: It affects more than 200,000 people annually and kills 30,000.

Mosquitoes infect us with nasty bird diseases, like West Nile Virus: About 20 percent of the infected individuals develop a fever accompanied with body aches, joint pain, rash, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Mosquitoes cause permanent disability around the world: Lymphatic filariasis, which is one of the most neglected tropical diseases, is the leading cause of permanent disability worldwide.

Mosquitoes spread malaria, which still causes hundreds of thousands of deaths every year: It is estimated that there has been a dramatic reduction in malaria between 2000 and 2012. Still, about 630,000 people died from malaria in 2012.

With this being said, it`s no wonder that mosquito repellents are one of the most widely used products worldwide. However, it is recommended to skip the chemicals and choose a healthier alternative. The good news is that growing these mosquito-repelling plants near your house is one of the most effective and safest ways to protect yourself from the annoying and dangerous mosquitoes.

HERBS / SPICES

1. Basil
Planting basil nearby helps repel mosquitoes thanks to the essential oils which are obtained from the mosquito repellent spray.

2. Catnip
According to one study, catnip contains an active ingredient which is ten times stronger than the well known DEET repellent.

3. Clove
For a personal repellent, extract oil from cloves and apply directly onto the skin.

4. Garlic
Grate the garlic and sprinkle around the area for protection or mix it with nice-smelling oils for a personal body spray.

5. Lemon balm
Crush the leaves and rub onto the skin for an optimal protection.

6. Lemon thyme
Mosquitoes cannot stand its smell so it repels them effectively and in an all-natural way.

7. Peppermint
You can either plant it in the backyard for protection or rub a leaf onto the skin to relieve the itch.

8. Rosemary
Its oils can be used as an ingredient in a spray, although the plant itself deters mosquitoes effectively.

9. Stone root
This easy-to-grow herb can be crushed and boiled to create a mosquito repellent.

PLANTS

1. Lavender
You can grow this pleasantly-smelling plant in a sunny windowsill.

2. Lemon scented geranium
Plant this plant nearby, crush its leaves, and sprinkle them around your area.

3. Lemon verbena
Both the plant and the oils can be used on the skin to repel mosquitoes.

4. Marigolds
Marigolds are easy to grow and moved to the desired area.

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