9 Natural Mosquito-Repelling Plants
Used strategically, adding mosquito-repelling plants to your outdoor spaces can help beat back the mosquitos and add color and texture.
Lavender isn’t only a beautiful addition to your garden. It’s also an effective mosquito repellant. Plant varieties with higher camphor properties. These varieties include ‘Provence‘ and ‘Grosso‘ lavender.
Cheerful and bright, marigolds are an easy-to-grow option for a flower bed that packs a punch to mosquitoes and other insects. Their flowers and leaves release chemicals. However, their blossoms deliver the strongest dose.
Originally used as a perfume, essential oils and extracts from these plants are so effective at keeping mosquitos away that they are a go-to ingredient for many commercial bug repellants.
Cats go crazy for Catnip, but mosquitoes will do anything to avoid it. Studies have also shown that the essential oil in Catnip (nepetalactone) is more effective at repelling mosquitoes than store-bought bug sprays using DEET. Catnip’s essential oil is so strong that you only need a tenth of it to be as effective as DEET.
Basil isn’t just for adding amazing flavor to your favorite dishes. It’s also an excellent mosquito deterrent, thanks to its strong scent. This herb also attracts bees and repels pesky mosquitos.
Bee Balm is best known for attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, But it also earns its stripes as one of nature’s mosquito-repelling plants. As it grows, it releases fragrances that mosquitoes don’t like.
You can use spearmint, lemon mint, or peppermint sprinkled among your flower pots. Mint is an excellent non-toxic mosquito-repelling plant. It even keeps flies and ants away.
As a bonus, you have fresh mint leaves for your tea whenever needed.
Floss Flowers aren’t the most potent mosquito repellant in the garden. These purple beauties have an aroma that those pesky bloodsuckers aren’t fond of buzzing around. And as a bonus, hummingbirds and butterflies love them.
Garlic has been used to deter mosquitoes for a long time. When eaten, it leaves a potent scent and taste in our bloodstream, making you less tasty for mosquitos.
When planted, it’s an excellent mosquito-repelling plant because a garlic plant’s strong scent lingers through its shoots. Mosquitoes want no part of the area they’re planted.