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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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Thank you Lou-Ann C for sharing.  This could constitute an adequate solution if they really possess the virtue to  repel mosquitoes.

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Thanks Bahenda. If planted in large quantities, I do believe they would repel mosquitoes

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Hi Lou-Ann C,
Thank you  for your reply. I hope you are aware of this sentence by USAID and OpenIDEO: "And remember, our focus in the Research phase is inspiration, not new solutions. If you do have a solution, head over to the Ideas phase to post it!"

Best Regards,


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