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Mosquito Repellent Plants

Get rid of those pesky mosquitoes so you can finally enjoy a nice evening outside! Keep reading to see what natural plants and flowers are pros at keeping mosquitoes away.


Marigolds are known to repel mosquitoes and even rabbits. Marigolds prefer full sunlight so place your potted plants near open entries to your home. Marigolds contain a compound commonly used in insect repellents called, Pyrethrum. Not only will this plant work as a great barrier for your outdoor spaces but it will be beautiful addition to your home.


The sweet scent of lavender is pleasing to our noses but works as a strong deterrent for mosquitoes. This herb is also known to repel fleas and moths. Some people even make their own natural insect repellent with lavender leaves.


Citronella is a natural oil found in lemongrass that is commonly used in insect repellent candles and lanterns. This plant does particularly well potted and grows up to three feet wide and four feet tall in one season.

Photo by: Bonnie Plants


Researchers have found that catnip is actually ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET – the compound used in many insect repellents.The essential oil in catnip is called nepetalactone, which gives this plant a distinctive odor. The American Chemical Society conducted this study and also found that catnip repels cockroaches.

Photo By: Off the Grid News


Many herbs are known to keep irritating mosquito away. Basil can be grown in a pot and placed around your home or outside. We recommend lemon basil, cinnamon basil and Peruvian basil since they have the strongest scent.


Plants work wonders at keeping unwanted intruders away but another great way to fight off mosquitoes is by eliminating any standing water where they breed. Here are some tips from Plant Natural

  • Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or any other container where pests can breed.
  • Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy potential habitats.
  • Drain or fill temporary pools of water with dirt.
  • Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.

Give your local florist a call to speak with them about how to start repelling mosquitoes at your home. They might even have some potted plants you could use around your outdoor seating areas or front entrance. Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your relaxing evenings anymore!

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