9 Garden Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, the return of pesky bugs can be a huge nuisance. Instead of spending money on chemical treatments, try planting some of these naturally mosquito repelling plants in your garden.
- Marigolds – this flower’s strong aroma not only repels mosquitoes, but also squash bugs and tomato worms.
- Lavender – as a bonus this plant is also drought resistant so it can grow in areas with little rainfall after it is established.
- Lemon grass – this herb can grow up to 4 feet tall and naturally contains citronella.
- Garlic – this can be toxic when mosquitoes ingest it.
- Rosemary – this plant’s pungent scent drives away flies, mosquitoes, and cabbage moths, and does well in hot, dry weather.
- Basil – by growing basil you can keep mosquitoes and flies away and as a bonus you have a tasty ingredient for cooking.
- Catnip – grow this in pots because it can spread rapidly.
- Petunias – these come in a variety of beautiful colors and have a licorice- like scent that repels aphids, tomato hornworms and squash bugs.
- Mint – this hearty herb can deter ants and mice but because it also spreads quickly you might want to plant it in pots.