13 Plants and Herbs that naturally repel mosquitoes

*note: no matter what plants you decide to use in your mosquito free zone, always do a skin test beforehand. Crush 1 leaf and rub inside your elbow. Leave area alone for 24 hours-if you have no irritation, itching or rash, this plant is safe for generous use.

  1. American beauty berry
  2. Basil
    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. Plus basil is one of the easiest herbs to keep alive.
  3. Catnip
    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. Keep plants full by pinching the growing stems and flower buds when they appear.
  4. Citronella
    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.
  5. Garlic
    Make sure to add some garlic to your flower bed or vegetable garden for added protection from mosquitoes. Not only will you keep mosquitoes away, you’ll also have a whole load of garlic to flavor your food and for its incredible health benefits.
  6. Lavender
    Grow it indoors near a sunny window, or outside in your garden or flower bed to keep the bugs away.
  7. Lemon balm
    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 contain it to a pot, where you can ensure that it doesn’t take over your garden.
  8. Lemon grass
  9. Marigold
    A 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.
  10. Rosemary
    It’s perfect to add to your herb garden or flowerbed to keep bugs away, and it even attracts butterflies!
  11. Peppermint
    Most 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. Grow in a pot around patio, bbq area and fire pit, mosquitoes despise the minty smell.If you do happen to get bitten, peppermint leaves rubbed directly onto the skin make a great bite relief treatment.
  12. Sage
    Throw leaves into fire pit to repel mosquitoes-crush leaves, and apply oil to skin to repel mosquitoes.
  13. Pennyroyal
    Pennyroyal flower is a natural deterrent for mosquitoes. Make sure to plant some around your flowerbeds.

Potting Ideas:

  1. Lemon grass at back of container
  2. 3 medium height citronella plants in the middle of container
  3. Peppermint & spearmint sit in front of container

Bonus Tip:

To prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your yard, get rid of all standing water. Anything that can hold even the smallest amount of rain or sprinkler water must be removed or turned over.