Plants that repel mosquitoes

Plants that repel mosquitoes

Whether you’re busy weeding or lounging in the garden, nothing disturbs the calm serenity faster than a pesky mosquito buzzing around your head. You can always cover up with long sleeves and a hat or apply insect repellent, but there may be another way. Have you ever thought of adding some mosquito-repelling plants to your garden?

Oils found in certain types of plants, especially herbs, are natural mosquito deterrents—lemon balm, peppermint, catnip, rosemary, garlic and thyme—all of these will help keep your garden mosquito-free. Here is a list of six popular plants that have been proven to repel mosquitoes.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Also known as horsemint, this hardy perennial repels mosquitoes by giving off a strong, incense-like odour, similar to citronella grass. The smell, however, does not deter bees and butterflies.


Marigolds (Tagetes spp.)
As a popular annual, marigolds are always found in flower beds and containers during the summer months, but their mosquito-repelling ability hasn’t been widely advertised. Many gardeners use them in the veggie garden to deter other insects, but as a mosquito repellent, marigolds are powerful.


Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
We all know that cats love catnip, but this perennial also has a quite a reputable history as a medicinal herb. One trait that this plant is less known for is its mosquito-repelling ability. The natural oil within the leaves has been proven to be ten times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes.


Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil is one of the few herbs that give off a scent without the leaves having to be crushed or physically disturbed. There are many varieties of basil, but the ones with the most mosquito-repelling powers include lemon basil and cinnamon basil.


Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Mosquitoes and many other insects don’t like the smell of lavender. This trait makes lavender a welcome addition to any garden, especially considering how attractive this plant is when it blooms.


Citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus)
Many natural insect repellents found on the market contain citronella oil, which of course is derived from a natural plant source—citronella grass. When candles and lanterns containing citronella oil are burned, the fumes repel mosquitoes.