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Natural Mosquito Repellant Plants

Herbs that Repel
Herbs that Repel

Herbs such as lavender, rosemary, lemon thyme, lemongrass, catnip, lemon balm, peppermint and basil smell amazing — but not to mosquitoes.


Pinching off herbs not only releases the fragrance but they taste delicious in foods, including pasta and fish.

Plants that Repel
Plants that Repel

Several flowering plants also naturally keep mosquitoes away, including marigolds. They give off a natural aroma that mosquitoes do not like.


Marigolds can also be useful in the vegetable garden, especially when planted with tomatoes, where they can deter other types of pests.


Mosquito geraniums, sometimes called citronella plants, can also be effective in natural mosquito control. Though not as effective as bottled repellent, when you crush and rub the leaves of a mosquito plant, the scent is strong and smells like citronella.

Take Aim from All Sides
Take Aim from All Sides

Because hungry mosquitoes can be challenging, you may need to add some tiki or table torches with your mosquito control containers wherever you place them, even if it’s on a potting bench.


That way, you’re taking aim from all sides to battle the bite.