7 Plants You Should Grow to Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • June 21, 2016

Naturally Repel Mosquitoes With These Plants

Summer is a great time to entertain outside. Just make sure you’re not inviting pesky mosquitoes into the mix. With the Zika virus risk at an all-time high, we started researching natural ways to repel the outdoor nuisances and, boy did Mother Nature come through.

Here’s a list of plants you can grow in your backyard to keep your guests comfortable and safe:


Rosemary’s woody scent is overwhelming to mosquitoes so they’ll surely stay away. You can plant it in your garden or grow it in a container for convenience and easy transportation between in and outdoors. To make your own mosquito repellant spray, simply mix 4 drops of rosemary essential oil and 1 cup of olive oil and store it in a cool, dry place. Voila! All-natural repellant from your own backyard.


Peppermint is also a great strong scent that will ward off mosquitoes. Keep it in your backyard to protect your guests and then pick a few leaves for the perfect summer drink infuser! And bonus: if you do happen to get bit by one of the mosquitoes, rub a leaf on the bite and you will get some relief from the itching.


For you chefs out there’you are very familiar with the difference fresh basil can make in any dish. This herb will also protect you and your guests when planted outside of your window or in your garden. Lemon and Cinnamon Basil have proven to work the best because of their strong fragrances, but any variety of basil will do the job!

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is an herb in the Mint family that contains large amounts of citronella (sometimes up to 38% citronella content). It is often used in herbal teas and has been described as having an ‘incense-like’ odor. It will repel mosquitoes but don’t worry, the pollinators like bees and butterflies will still come around.


Catnip is actually 10 times more effective than DEET (an ingredient commonly found in bug spray) and, just as it sounds, will attract all the cats to your yard. If you have cats of your own, be careful not to plant it too close to your other flowers, as they will most certainly roll around in their new euphoric state.


There was once a rumor floating around that eating a diet high in garlic would make you instantly protected from mosquitoesƒ?

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