|Pandan plant help to repel mosquitoes.|
|The following very famous "Mosquito plant" does NOT repel mosquitoes. It is a myth.|
Due to the zika virus and dengue fever, I have done some research (via Internet and friends) to find out which plants help to repel mosquitoes. I noticed that some plants can repel mosquitoes ONLY if you crush the leaves of the plant to release the odor. Hence, be careful about this point when you come across an article, telling you that a plant can repel mosquitoes.
One plant that can help to repel mosquitoes without crushing the leaves is Pandan. Yes, the Pandan as in those Pandan cake that we eat. In order to make it effective, have a several pots of Pandan around your home. Importantly, it also depends on the wind direction and ventilation in your apartment.
- It is common in South East Asia that people keep pandan leaves in the car boot to repel insects such as cockroaches.
- I have a friend who has a bedridden husband. She likes gardening; However she is concerned that his husband get bitten by mosquitoes, which can cause itchiness, putrid, hence many complications. She has so many plants at home that the NEA officers actually placed some devices at her apartment, for a period of time, to check for the presence of mosquitoes.
- The verdict? "Not a single mosquito was detected," she claimed. She contributed this to the several pots of Pandan located in her apartment.
- Note that I did not manage to find any scientific studies that Pandan can repel mosquitoes. The above findings are based on words of mouth and personal accounts.
At this juncture, you may ask - does the very famous "Mosquito plant" repel mosquitoes? It is a myth; "Mosquito plant" does not repel mosquitoes.
- The researchers commented that “during field evaluations, mosquitoes were regularly observed landing and resting on the "Mosquito plant", indicating a lack of "repellancy”. Click here to read the details.
- Apart from the above observation, many people also have attested that they indeed saw mosquitoes resting on the "Mosquito plant".
The above is my own research and findings. You are welcome to comment such as your personal experience / findings, or whatever. Your sharing will help protect us and our loved ones from zika virus and dengue fever.