The world’s most deadly animal would perhaps be instinctively thought of as a giant angry beast with huge fangs, sharp claws, and muscles abounding, however in actuality, the world’s deadliest animal is, in fact, a tiny six-legged winged pest we all know as the mosquito.

Yes, you read that right. Mosquitoes are statistically the world’s most deadly animal.

Unlike a bear or tiger, they have killed countless people through being a vehicle in which to spread disease, making them responsible for more deaths than any other animal on planet earth.

Repelling the mosquito is a feat that many people have found methods of accomplishing, but sometimes that involves harsh chemicals or smelly sprays.

Nature has its own answers for dealing with the mosquito in several forms. One such form is a simple plant.

There are several plants in nature that act as natural bug deterrents. Here are three of nature’s top plants for repelling mosquitoes and other pests as well.

1) Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are not only beautiful but effective against mosquitoes

Wild Chrysanthemum is a plant species that has many uses, especially in Chinese and Japanese culture.

It is often seen in Asia as a garnish for sashimi, or as a flavor enhancer for various Chinese soups.

NASA’s environmental research studies in clean air have shown that chrysanthemum’s presence in indoor environments has been shown to cut levels of air pollutants.

The flower has also been used In a concentrated form it is used as a natural insecticide which attacks insects at their nervous system.

It has properties which are toxic to insects while remaining non-toxic to mammals. In its natural form, it is known act as a repellent to mosquitoes, roaches, beetles and a long list of pests which are undesirable in people’s homes.

Planting any variety of this species of the plant around the house can help keep numbers of mosquitoes at bay.

2) Citronella Grass

Citronella Grasses are Plants To Repel Mosquitoes

Citronella Grass is a mosquito repellent

This plant is a well-known mosquito repellent which is often sold as such in the form of a candle.

Citronella can be used as a candle, spray, lotion or oil as a natural mosquito deterrent.

But what seems lesser known is that simply planting this plant in it’s natural form around your house or garden can have a positive effect in keeping pesky mosquitoes away as well.

3) Basil

basil is a great mosquito repellent

Basil is easy to grow and repel mosquitoes

This plant was selected as one of the top three plants for repelling mosquitoes because it is not only effective, it is also useful in many other ways as well – particularly in culinary uses.

Basil is very easy to plant, grow and maintain year round.

It has a strong and pleasant smell and is used widely in many styles of cuisine.

As a culinary herb, basil is probably most known for its use in Italian style cuisine, but few seem to know that basil is also an effective repellent for not only mosquitoes but other flies and garden pests as well.

There are many plants that can be grown and used as natural mosquito deterrents, but these three are probably the most common and easy to obtain.

This is just another example of how nature often holds the most effective answers to some of the world’s most pressing problems with no chemical alterations necessary.