Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
When you think about plants that repel mosquitoes Citronella is likely the first one that comes to mind. Itâ€™s found in many natural bug sprays and insect repelling candles. However, the live plant is muchÂ more effectiveÂ at repelling insects then the sprays are.
Citronella has a strong smell that helps to mask mosquito attractants. Itâ€™s an excellent choice for planting near yourÂ doorways, patio and garden borders. Citronella is a perennial and canÂ grow 5 to 6 feet tall. You can plant them in the ground or keep them in large pots.
Citronella plants prefer well drained soil and full sun.
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Lemon balm also called horsemint, has a strong lemon smell that deters mosquitoes.
Itâ€™s also a member of the mint family an isÂ fast growing, drought resistant and spreads quickly. If you donâ€™t want lemon balm to take over your garden plant it in containers instead.
Lemon balm likes to grow in part shade to full sun. ItÂ attracts a lot of beesand other pollinating insects to your garden.
Catnip, itâ€™s not just for making your cats happy itâ€™s also a wonderful insect repellent.
Catnip is in the mint family and like most mints, itâ€™s very easy to grow. It does well in both full sun and shade but remember like all mints catnip will spread and can easily become a weed in your garden.
If youâ€™re willing to work around that catnip is one of the best insect repellents you can have in your garden and it a wonderful tea too!
Marigolds are a very easy to grow annual flower that is easy to find in most garden centers. It has a strong scent thatÂ deters mosquitoes.
Marigolds have long been grown in the garden to help prevent pest problems.
Marigolds Help To Repel:
- Mexican bean beetles
- Squash bugs
- Tomato hornworms
Basil is another common kitchen herb that deters mosquitoes. Their pungent sent helps to keep insects away.
Basil is anÂ easy to grow herbÂ that loves hot weather and full sun. Keep the soil damp but provide good drainage and it should thrive.
Basil does well planted in containers, or in your garden flower bed or around tomatoes.
- Tomato hornworms
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Lavender is often placed in drawers to keep moths away but, did you know it also repels mosquitoes?
If youâ€™ve grown lavender before you may have noticed it is almostÂ never bothered by insects. Rabbits and other garden pests also donâ€™t bother lavender plants.
Lavender has a strong smell that many people find attractive and this comes from theÂ essential oilsÂ found in their leaves. Unlike people, insects do not enjoy this strong sent. Some say that lavender oil interferes with a mosquitoâ€™s sense of smell.
Lavender is a hardy, drought resistant plant that needs full sun and good drainage. Plant it in your garden borders or on large pots.
Peppermint is another easy to grow herb that repels mosquitoes.
Peppermint will grow in full sun to part shade and can be very invasive in your garden. If you donâ€™t want it to take over itâ€™s best to grow peppermint in containers or containers sunken into the ground.
Peppermint oil has been shown toÂ repel mosquitoes and kill their larva and eggs.
Garlic isÂ well known for deterring pestsÂ in the garden. So it shouldnâ€™t be a surprise that mosquitoes also donâ€™t like to be around garlic.
Garlic is a very easy to grow plant. If you want to have nice large bulbs for harvesting itâ€™s best grown in full sun. If your just looking for a pest repellent garlic will happily grow in shady areas too. Just add some garlic to your flowerbed or vegetable garden.
Rosemary, a common herb in most kitchens is also anÂ excellent mosquito repellent.
Rosemary prefers hot and dry growing conditions and is well suited to containers. These are fun plants to grow in your garden because they can be pruned into many different shapes.
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- Cabbage moths
- Carrot flies
Scented geraniums have to be the most beautiful mosquito repellent of all! They have gorgeous flowers with a strong scent that deters many insects.
Scented geraniums prefer a warm, dry climate and lots of sun but if youâ€™re in the north like me you can still grow them well in containers.