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Growing mosquito repellent plants in areas/homes/workplaces to prevent the spread of the Zika virus

Small initiatives of growing indoor/outdoor plants is a sustainable, scalable, affordable and organic way to keep away mosquitoes

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Instead of using harmful pesticides, insecticides or bug sprays, we should encourage the use of natural, organic methods to keep mosquitoes at bay.

There are certain plants which repel mosquitoes, using their fragrance. Plant these plants or use the natural/essential oils extracted from them to keep away mosquitoes.

Most of these plants thrive in warm climates, are low-maintenance, and some are drought resistant. They also have a beautiful fragrance, which is another motivating factor to grow them, unlike bug sprays or insecticides.

Examples of mosquito repellent plants:

- Citronella grass

- Lemon grass

- Tulsi (Holy Basil)

- Eucalyptus

- Catmint

- Rosemary

- Basil

- Lavender

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Hi Lou-Ann C! I like your idea. Distribution of such plants in low-income, at-risk communities could be combined with additional information about the symptoms and treatment for various mosquito-borne viruses.

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Thanks Amy! Yes, creating awareness along with distribution of the plants is a great idea!