Top Mosquito Repellent Plants
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With the unofficial start of summer you want to start enjoying the outside, whether it is bbqs with the family or just sitting out and enjoying a quiet evening, but you want to make sure you are not attached by those pesky mosquitos.  Here are 11 top mosquito repellent plants!  Stop in and pick up yours today!


7 Plants That Repel InsectsChances are, you’ve heard of this one before- it’s one of the most common ingredients in most mosquito repellents. Strange enough though, many people don’t even know that citronella is actually a plant! Citronella is a beautiful perennial clumping grass that emits a strong aroma. That aroma masks other scents, and keeps mosquitoes from being attracted to things located around it. The citronella plant has a much stronger aroma than other mosquito repellents that contain citronella, so it is a great choice. Citronella is very easy to grow, and can get to be a very tall 5 or 6 feet high! You can grow citronella in pots and place it around a porch or patio, or you can plant it directly in a yard or garden bed. It’s a great choice for repelling mosquitoes naturally.

Lemon Balm

7 Plants That Repel InsectsAnother great choice for a mosquito repelling plant is lemon balm. A member of the mint family, the plant also known as horsemint and beebalm is a very easy plant for beginning gardeners to grow- even if you don’t have a green thumb! Lemon Balm is a very hardy plant, it resists drought, and it grows well even in shade. It is a very fast growing and sometimes aggressive plant, so you might want to contain it to a pot, where you can move it to wherever you like to ensure that it doesn’t take over your garden! An added bonus? You can dry the leaves and use them to make a delicious herbal tea!


7 Plants That Repel InsectsYour feline friends will be happy to know that catnip is a great mosquito deterrent! In fact, in a 2010 study, researchers found that catnip is 10 times more effective than DEET, the ingredient commonly found in bug repellents. It is a very easy plant to grow, and if you have cats in the house, they will surely be happy to have it around. However, be careful not to plant catnip in with other flowers, veggies, or herbs if you have cats around your garden. They will surely roll around in the catnip and smash everything nearby!


11 Plants That Repel MosquitoesA bright, hardy annual plant, marigolds are a great choice for repelling mosquitoes. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents, and they have a unique aroma which bugs find repulsive. The flowers themselves are beautiful and can make a great border or addition to any flower bed! Try placing them around borders of your home, and mosquitoes might not want to cross over!


11 Plants That Repel MosquitoesCalling all cooks! Want a double whammy when it comes to mosquito protection? Plant some basil! Not only will you have a quick and easy mosquito repellent, you will also have a delicious fresh herb on hand to add to all of your favorite recipes! There are many different varieties of basil around, so feel free to experiment and find the ones that you like best. Many expert gardeners recommend trying lemon basil or cinnamon basil to deter insects.


11 Plants That Repel MosquitoesYou probably know that lavender is a gorgeous purple flowering plant with a soothing, calming scent. But, did you know that it is also a natural mosquito repellent? Grow it indoors near a sunny window, or outside in your garden or flower bed to keep the bugs away. While you’re at it, make a delicious herbal tea, or use lavender to fill your home with a wonderful calming aroma.


11 Plants That Repel MosquitoesMost bugs despise the smell and taste of peppermint, so planting it around your home is a great way to keep them from dropping by uninvited! Plus, if you do happen to get bitten, peppermint leaves rubbed directly onto the skin make a great itch relief treatment! Added bonus for the wonderful minty smell that makes a delicious addition to food and beverages!


Unfortunately for all of us who love Italian food, studies have shown that EATING garlic does not repel mosquitoes. (Unless, however, you were to eat a HUGE amount!) However, having garlic around DOES! Make sure to add some garlic to your flower bed or vegetable garden for added protection!


The adorable pennyroyal flower is a natural deterrent for mosquitoes! Make sure to plant some around your flowerbeds! Pennyroyal plants also make great groundcovers, and they attract a plethora of beautiful butterflies. Some people even use pennyroyal to flavor certain fish dishes. As you can see, this plant has plenty of benefits!


11 Plants That Repel MosquitoesRosemary is a beautiful flowering plant that is often used to flavor lamb or fish dishes, but did you know that it is also a natural mosquito repellent? It’s perfect to add to your herb garden or flowerbed to keep bugs away, and it even attracts butterflies!

Plus you can simply snip a few springs off every time you need to add extra flavor to your lamb or steak!


11 Plants That Repel MosquitoesThis beautiful flowering plant is a great choice for mosquito repellent. When planted in a hanging container, the colorful blooms will cascade over the side of the pot, providing a beautiful visual piece as well as a very useful bug repellent!

As you can see, there are many different plants out there that can help to keep bugs away! Next time you reach for the chemical bug spray, take a minute and think again, and choose something more natural!

sandra foley

2014-05-23 20:17:34

it was great meeting Don and the family!! I enjoyed speaking with dad about the history of the town!! and Hope to set up a photoshoot soon!!
I bought some great impatients and begonias for my hanging baskets!!
Will be back again soon!!
sandy foley


    2014-05-31 17:37:43

    Calendula flowers are a great, and nrtaaul, bug bite remedy! If you have flowers growing in your garden, you can make a quick paste by chewing the flower, and rubbing onto bites. Of course, you can also mix with olive oil instead to make a paste. It soothes stings! And calendula is edible gentle and safe for babies.

      Sharon Patterson

      2014-06-01 10:53:29

      That is a great tip! Thank you!!


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    Sharon Patterson

    2014-05-25 22:05:29

    I am glad you like!! I will try to post new tips every week!! Sharon

    Sharon Patterson

    2014-05-27 13:03:39

    Glad we could help!!


2014-05-31 11:11:46

I tried the citronella plants two years in a row. We have a small fenced in back yard, and I had two in separate pots in different sitting areas. No luck; my daughter and I are just too darn sweet I guess. I haven’t bought the plants again in a couple of seasons. Didn’t know there were other alternative plants. I wish I saw this list before I planted everything this year! Will try to fit a few more in.

It got so bad in my back yard last year we had to come inside between 4-5 :(

I have had limited success with the 1/2 listerene 1/2 water spray as a repellant….

    Sharon Patterson

    2014-05-31 11:15:13

    Have you tried the lemon grass! We had that last year also and ppl said that worked sometimes better then citronella. Also geraniums. We have one customer who does just regular upright geraniums in pots around a fence and swears by them!!

    Hope that helps some!

Sharon Patterson

2014-05-31 10:31:36

Aloe is a great way to treat a sunburn if it happens! We use it all the time!

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