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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