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Do Houseplants Attract Mosquitoes

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small indoor plant by the window

Is everyone a plant parent now? 🙋 This pandemic has surely forced many to go back to basic, revisit nature and relearn the benefits of plants. Whether it’s for food or garden and indoor decoration, plants add unparalleled value to our lives. When it comes to house (indoor) plants though, we all have this nagging concern: do they attract mosquitoes or not?


Do Houseplants Attract Mosquitoes?


We commonly hear that indoor plants don't necessarily attract mosquitoes, but there is a possibility of mosquito breeding in stagnant water from watering the plants. 

The most common mosquito specie is fungus gnat that is mostly found flying on your favourite indoor house plant. Mosquitoes can turn your sanctuary into a nightmare. The constant itching and the annoying buzz in your ear when you're trying to rest. Ugh! Not to mention, they're difficult to catch sometimes.

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If you're a nature lover and have indoor plants but having a constant struggle with mosquito invasion, here are some tips that can help you.

  1. Flush your sump pump daily after watering the plants.
  2. Remove saucers that collected excess water. 
  3. Wash the saucer with dish soap to get rid of mosquito eggs.
  4. Invert the saucer to dry it completely.
watering indoor plants

Fungus Gnat Control with indoor plants:

  1. Water plants only up to 1/2 or 1 inch of soil so it can dry quickly.
  2. If possible, plant in pots with quick and fast drainage mix. This can help the plant soak and absorb water more quickly. This way the soil does not remain wet for too long.
  3. While keeping indoor plants, check that there are no containers with stagnant water as it can easily become the breeding ground of mosquitoes.
  4. Bury peeled raw potato slices 3/8 inch deep in the soil. This can help the infested soil rid of the mosquito and fungus gnat larvae. Change the potato slices weekly.
  5. Applying Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies or nematode feltiae can kill fungus gnat larvae or mosquito eggs that are breeding in the soil of the indoor plants.
It’s known that mosquitoes are drawn to water. 

Water lily, water -hyacinth, water lettuce, papyrus and taro are plants that can attract mosquitoes. It’s better to not keep these plants indoors.

Water lily blooming
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Mosquito-repellent indoor plants for beginners

There are few indoor plants that may help repel mosquitoes plus add to the aesthetics of your home.

  • citronella grass
  • basil
  • catmint
  • lavender
  • garlic
  • rosemary
  • cedar
  • bee balm
  • lemongrass
  • lemon balm
  • lemon scented geraniums
  • cadaga trees
  • clove
  • floss flower
  • lemon thyme
  • mint
  • lemon eucalyptus
  • nodding onion
  • pineapple weed
  • pitcher plant
  • worm wood
  • snowbrush
  • sweet fern
  • stone root
  • tea tree
  • tansy
  • vanilla leaf
  • bergamot
These plants can help keep mosquitoes, insects and pests away.

random houseplants

So...do houseplants attract mosquitoes?

Indoor plants may or may not attract mosquitoes depending on the breed and type of the plant. 

If you're still struggling to find ways to get rid of mosquitoes and pests, it's best that you consult a pest controlling service.

Follow these simple tips so you can keep your favourite natural decorative piece---small or large indoor houseplant---without sweating over pests and mosquitoes ruining the look and feel of your space.

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