Warmer weather means we can take advantage of outdoor activities like backyard BBQ’s, swimming and gardening. You shouldn’t have to worry about pesky mosquitoes putting a damper on your outdoor enjoyment—instead, consider growing these plants and flowers in your garden to keep mosquitoes away naturally.
|Basil is a great addition to any garden, not only for cooking, but also because it is a natural mosquito repellent. Certain varieties such as lemon or cinnamon have a more potent smell, increasing the results.
|While some see catnip as a way to stimulate our feline friends, it is actually 10 times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes.
|Citronella is the go-to option when it comes to natural mosquito repellent, as its oil is used to make many name-brand insect repellents.
|Gardeners love lavender because it has an amazing smell and attracts favorable insects and birds, which dine on mosquitoes. If that wasn’t reason enough, lavender also has anti-bacterial and stress-relieving benefits when brewed in tea.
|Also known as horse-mint, this hardy plant requires very little care. Not only does lemon balm repel mosquitoes, it can also help to sooth cold sores and acne, and relieve stress and pain.
|This Australian native is the only natural mosquito repellent on this list with a blessing from the CDC. The only issue is it doesn’t do well in the cold, so be careful in the winter.
|This repellent requires you to rub the leaves onto your skin. Lemon thyme also produces an amazing aroma, and can be used in dishes calling for lemon or thyme.
|Marigolds are a common flower, easy to care for and look great. Marigolds repel many insects, and according to our Facebook community, can repel rabbits as well!
|Tests have shown neem to be 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET. To grow neem in the US, ensure the tree is never colder than 30° F or below.
|This plant can spread quickly across your garden, and is easy to maintain. In addition to repelling mosquitoes, peppermint helps with digestive issues, concentration and flavoring teas or cooking dishes.
|This herb is commonly planted for its aroma, taste and health benefits. Boil it in water to use it as a spray repellent.
We hope this guide helps you repel mosquitoes in your outdoor space. Remember, when dealing with new and unfamiliar plants, it is always a good idea to do your own research and be careful. Natural does not always mean safe.
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