15 Plants That Safely Repel Mosquitos
- foliage and flowers to keep the biters at bay -

Posted on July 3, 2017

15 Plants That Safely Repel Mosquitos

Ever dreamed of creating an invisible fortress around your outdoor space that keeps the mosquitos away? While nothing seems to keep a determined mosquito from finding its prey, it is possible to create an environment that helps repel them. Quite a few common plants contain natural compounds that mosquitos find offensive and avoid. Most are very ornamental, easy to maintain, and they're safe around pets, people and wildlife.

Plant them in the landscape around your favorite outdoor spaces or use in containers for the deck, patio, or porch where they can be moved as needed to place closer to areas where people congregate.

Many of these plants are safe to apply to your skin as a short-term repellent, lasting for half hour to an hour. Always test a plant on a small patch of skin before rubbing over larger areas of the body in case there could be sensitivities that might result in an allergic or other adverse skin reaction. Simply crush the leaves in your hand and rub on any exposed skin.

Floss Flower (Ageratum houstonianum)Ageratum
(Ageratum houstonianum)
Wormwood (Artemisia arborescens Powis Castle)Artemisia
(Artemisia species)
Basil, Italian Large Leaf (Ocimum basilicum)Basil
(Ocimum basilicum)
Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)Bee Balm
(Monarda punctata)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)Catnip
(Nepeta cataria)
Chocolate Mint (Mentha piperita)Chocolate Mint
(Mentha x piperita)
French Marigold (Tagetes patula)French Marigold
(Tagetes patula)
French Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)French Thyme
(Thymus vulgaris)
California Garlic (Allium sativum)Garlic
(Allium sativum)
Lantana Pink CapriceLantana
(Lantana camara)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)Lavender
(Lavandula angustifolia)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)Lemon Balm
(Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora)Lemon Mint
(Monarda citriodora)
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)Pennyroyal
(Mentha pulegium)
Rosmary (Rosmarinus officinalis Barbeque)Rosemary
(Rosmarinus officinalis)

Note: Lantana, Marigold and Pennyroyal are known irritants and not recommended for skin application.

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Citronella Geranium (Pelargonium citrosum)Citronella scented geraniums (Pelargonium citrosum) are often confused with the true source of citronella essential oil.

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)Citronella oil is actually derived from several species of Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon species).

Pro Tip: Another natural way to reduce the number of mosquitos in your neighborhood is to attract bug-eating birds (listed below) and bats. Create an inviting habitat by planting trees and shrubs or adding bird baths, bird houses and bat houses to your garden.

  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • House Wren
  • Purple Martin
  • Yellow Warbler

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