The Best Plants To Repel Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes From Your Home

In wet, hot Singapore – a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and, as a result, mosquito-born illnesses – dengue cases have seen a spike in recent months. And, just recently in September 2019, a new Zika cluster was confirmed in Serangoon Gardens’ Hemsley Avenue, when three people got infected with the mozzie-borne virus. The last cluster was reported in July 2017.

As for dengue, The Straits Times reports that “The number of dengue cases in a week has hit a 3½-year high, with 666 cases recorded last week, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said.”

While it makes perfect sense to use insect repellent on yourself when heading out, you really ought to protect your family at home as well, and one of the best ways to do it is with these low-maintenance plants:


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