In this article, I will be explaining the top mosquito repellent plants that you should grow in your garden or use in the wild to repel mosquitos.
What is the most lethal animal on the planet? Step aside, saltwater crocodiles and great white sharks—the mosquito kills more people than any other living creature on the planet.
Although most gardeners in developed countries are not at risk of malaria, other diseases such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, and yellow fever (as well as the general annoyance of insect bites) are just a few of the ways mosquitos can ruin our enjoyment of the outdoors.
Growing these mosquito-repelling plants isn’t enough to keep pests away, but you can boost their insect-repelling powers by releasing essential oils.
You can grill some pieces of these powerful plants (especially if the plants are known for their culinary value), or you can roughly chop plants and spread them on your lawn and patio.
If you’re short on time, simply place some stems of effective mosquito-busting plants in high-traffic areas, and each step you take will release mosquito-repelling oils.
If you also have a mole problem, be sure to check out our 6 Plants that Repel Moles article too.
The lemon grass’ natural oils manage to smell like real lemons, only better. Lemongrass is a common ingredient in Asian cooking, and its delicate fragrance lends a citrus note to some perfumes.
Lemongrass is a tender plant that will not survive the winter in zones below 8, but it grows quickly in containers. This plant’s strappy leaves can be coarsely chopped and strewn around your deck during your next gathering for mosquito repellent power as well as a pleasant aroma.
Although lavender gardeners prize the dark purple spikes for their fragrance, the lavender’s sweet soapy perfume pervades the foliage as well as the flowers.
Because mosquitoes dislike the smell of lavender, you can rub the plants on your skin as a natural insecticide: finely chop the plants and mix with sweet almond oil as a skin preparation, or, in a pinch, simply crush the plants and rub on skin or clothing.
Rosemary is another effective mosquito repellent. This plant was recommended by the New York Botanical Garden. Many of us are familiar with rosemary, and its woody scent is exactly what keeps mosquitoes, cabbage moths, and carrot flies at bay.
They thrive in containers and thrive in hot, dry climates, making them ideal for areas with harsh winters. They can also be pruned into a variety of shapes and sizes, making them ideal for borders or decorations. While the pests are kept at bay, you can enjoy the herb’s aroma and use it to season your food.
Also mentioned in our 55 Crops For the Best Prepper Survival Garden, Mint is a great nontoxic option for repelling mosquitoes, flies, and even ants. The stronger the aroma, the fewer bugs you’ll have. Grow it in pots on your patio, where you can easily grab a leaf or two for your afternoon tea. You can even dry the leaves and use them as a natural pest control method inside your home.
Now that you have learned about the best plants that you should be growing or using to repel mosquitos, you have just improved yourself.
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