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The Most Effective Mosquito Repelling Plants

Thank you to Mosquito Authority for sharing the most effective mosquito repelling plants with us. 

I love spending time in the garden but unfortunately, that’s where the mosquitoes usually hang out. I have tried several different ways to deter them but many of the methods I have tried in the past failed me.

Although I have doused myself in everything from top-of-the-line mosquito repellent to homemade bug repellent, at one point or another, they all quit working.

Luckily, Mosquito Authority has sent me a list of mosquito repelling plants that actually work!

The Most Effective Mosquito Repelling Plants

Do Mosquitoes Hate Lavender?


Many people try lavender when searching for an all-natural mosquito control solution, both in oil and plant form. The smell of lavender is unappealing to mosquitoes, so adding it to your garden can help deter these pests from getting near your home. The scent of lavender that works to keep mosquitoes away comes from the essential oils on its leaves.

Will Growing Rosemary Help Repel Mosquitoes?


Rosemary can be more than just an herb to cook with. This herb is known for its woody scent, which is exactly what makes it an effective mosquito repellent. Rosemary grows best in both hot climates and dry climates and can also help keep other insects such as cabbage moths and carrot flies away.

Is Basil a Mosquito Repelling Plant?


Basil is another tasty herb that can help keep mosquitoes away while you enjoy your backyard. Because of the strong scent its leaves emit, this plant is a natural mosquito repellent. Basil needs to be kept damp, live in the sunlight, and needs to have good drainage.

Will Growing Geraniums Help to Repel Mosquitoes?

Scented geraniums

Scented geraniums are another natural mosquito repellent that can add some color to your garden. According to Garden Design, the most effective scent of geraniums seems to be lemon, possibly because it is similar to citronella grass. Mosquitoes hate strong scents, which is why these flowers are a popular choice for garden mosquito repellents. Scented geraniums thrive in warm, sunny, and dry climates.

Marigolds Keep Bugs Away


Marigolds are popular flowers to plant in your spring or summer garden. These brightly-colored flowers can also help keep insects away from your home, as they emit a smell that deters mosquitoes. Not only that but marigolds have also been known to keep other insects, such as aphids and squash bugs, away when planted near your home.

What is the Most Effective form of Citronella to keep Mosquitoes Away?

Citronella grass

If you have ever searched for natural mosquito repellent options, you have probably tried or at least come across citronella products.

Citronella is the most commonly used ingredient in all-natural mosquito repellents because of its strong smell. Citronella grass has a distinctive lemon scent and is the most effective form of citronella when it comes to keeping mosquitoes at bay.

Are there Plants that Will Attract Bees While Still Repelling Mosquitoes?

Bee balm

Planting Bee balm is great for attracting beneficial pollinators like bees and butterflies while deterring the not-so-helpful pests (mosquitoes). Bee balm releases fragrant oils when its leaves are crushed and comes in colors like pink, lavender, and white, making it a bright addition to your garden.

Planting a garden that works overtime is an excellent way to keep mosquitoes at bay while reaping all of the benefits from growing your own food.

Have you found a plant that works overtime in your garden to repel mosquitoes? I would love to hear all about it. Leave me a comment below, I may add it to this list.

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Sunday 4th of July 2021

I diffuse lavender and rosemary essentials oils, everyday! We do have basil plant in our home, didn't know that it helps keep the mosquitoes away! Thanks for sharing this informative post, really helpful 🙂

Jasmine Martin

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

I definitely need this because the mosquitoes have been all over the place in my backyard. I'm tired of getting bit up by them. Thank you for this!


Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Lavender smells so good too. Another good reason to have it around.

Melanie williams

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Oh wow they say that you learn something new everyday and yes you do, I did not know that these plant repelled mosquitos! x


Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Oh this is such a great post! I will be sharing this..I did not know these plants repelled mosquitos! I'm all for natural alternatives.

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