Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
CitronellaWhen you think about plants that repel mosquitoes Citronella is likely the first one that comes to mind. It’s found in many natural bug sprays and insect repelling candles. However, the live plant is much more effective at repelling insects then the sprays are. Citronella has a strong smell that helps to mask mosquito attractants. It’s an excellent choice for planting near your doorways, patio and garden borders. Citronella is a perennial and can 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. Clovers Garden 2 LARGE Citronella Mosquito Repellent Plants in 4-Inch Pots 3 Citronella Plants in 4 Inch Pots (3 Pots with One Plant Each Pot).
Lemon BalmLemon Balm Perennial Herb Plant – Heirloom – Melissa – 3 Lemon balm also called horsemint, has a strong lemon smell that deters mosquitoes. It’s also a member of the mint family an is fast growing, drought resistant and spreads quickly. If you don’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. It attracts a lot of beesand other pollinating insects to your garden.
CatnipCatnip, it’s not just for making your cats happy it’s also a wonderful insect repellent. Catnip is in the mint family and like most mints, it’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. Catnip Plant – Nepeta – INSIDE OR OUTSIDE – 3 If you’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!
MarigoldsMarigolds are a very easy to grow annual flower that is easy to find in most garden centers. It has a strong scent that 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
BasilBasil is another common kitchen herb that deters mosquitoes. Their pungent sent helps to keep insects away. Basil is an easy to grow herb 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
LavenderFindlavender – Lavender French Provence – Very Fragrant Lavender is often placed in drawers to keep moths away but, did you know it also repels mosquitoes? If you’ve grown lavender before you may have noticed it is almost never bothered by insects. Rabbits and other garden pests also don’t bother lavender plants. Lavender has a strong smell that many people find attractive and this comes from the essential oils found in their leaves. Unlike people, insects do not enjoy this strong sent. Some say that lavender oil interferes with a mosquito’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.
PeppermintBonnie Plants 5108 Peppermint Herb Plant 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 don’t want it to take over it’s best to grow peppermint in containers or containers sunken into the ground. Peppermint oil has been shown to repel mosquitoes and kill their larva and eggs.
GarlicGarlic is well known for deterring pests in the garden. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that mosquitoes also don’t like to be around garlic. Garlic is a very easy to grow plant. If you want to have nice large bulbs for harvesting it’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. Hardneck Garlic Killarney Red – Cold Hardy w/ Tasty Scapes – 1/2 lb. bagGARLIC BULB (7 Pack), FRESH CALIFORNIA SOFTNECK GARLIC BULB FOR PLANTING
RosemaryRosemary, a common herb in most kitchens is also an 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. Bonnie Plants 5090 Rosemary Herb Plant
- Cabbage moths
- Carrot flies
Scented GeraniumsScented 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 you’re in the north like me you can still grow them well in containers.
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