8 Mosquito Repellent Plants

Mosquito Repellant Plants

We are in the middle of building a fun outdoor entertainment area at our cabin that we hope to be able to enjoy during the day and for evening bonfires. One major problem we have noticed is the mosquitoes. They seem to be so much worse this year than any other year in recent memory.

 
The seating and fire pit spaces will have a rock base so we don’t have to worry about sitting up extra bugs by walking through the grass. While this should help cut down on the mosquitoes, I want to surround these areas with plants and flowers. I love this idea but I don’t want it to be counterproductive as far as cutting down on the mosquitoes.  That is when I came up with the idea of searching for plants that my help repel these summer-time pests!

I never knew there were so many options available. I have yet to try any of these so I can’t vouch for them yet, but I will certainly make sure I post what I end up having success with and not.  Here are the mosquito repelling plants I am considering trying:

Pyrethrum or Painted Daisy

Pyrethrum or Painted Daisy
I love daisies so I am excited to get some of these planted. From what I have read, this flower is used to make botanical insecticides so it makes sense to grow it in my garden to try to keep mosquitoes away. These insecticides, made by crushing the flowers and extracting the pyrethrins (the active ingredient) which are contact poisons which quickly penetrate the nervous system of the mosquito, which increases their movement and inhibits them from biting. I read that it is also effective against other pests like aphids, pickle worms, bed bugs, leaf hoppers, spider mites, cabbage worms, harlequin bugs and ticks.

Marigold
Marigold
This flower, which is commonly yellow or orange, has a strong scent and that is what repels mosquitoes and other insects. I knew marigolds helped keep rabbits away from gardens and other flowers, but I had no idea it also worked on mosquitoes.

Ageratum
Ageratum
Most commonly blue, this is a low growing flower that is also called floss flower. Once again, mosquitoes do not like the odor emitted from this flower. That, combined with the fact that they are easy to grow, has sold me on trying them.

Basil
Basil
Not only can you plant basil to keep the mosquitoes away, you can also use the leaves in your cooking. The pungent smell the basil leaves give off will also keep flies and other pests at bay.

Monarda Citriodora
Monarda Citriodora
This plant is also called purple horsemint, lemon beebalm, and lemon mint. Not only are the flowers on this plant beautiful, they attract butterflies and hummingbirds and repel mosquitoes. It has a distinctive lemony scent and supposedly can be crushed and rubbed on your bare skin to deter mosquitoes even more.

Lavender
Lavender
This plant is part of the mint family, which is probably what helps make it a wonderful bug repellent. It is easy to grow and very hardy, which is good for someone like me.

Lemon Grass
Lemon Grass
I read that mosquitoes hate the smell of lemon grass so this makes it a great option for my garden. I guess lemon Grass is the #1 recommended plant to grow in the landscape and in containers to use around your outdoor living spaces to repel mosquitoes during the summer.  Like basil, it can also be used in cooking.

Catnip
Catnip
I almost simply wrote off this plant because I didn’t want to possibly attract cats, but once I read that this natural mosquito repellent is 10 times more effective than DEET, I figured it was worth trying.

I sure hope these plants work, but I figure even if we still have to deal with mosquitoes, these plants may cut back on the number of mosquitoes we have to fight off.  If nothing else, hopefully they at least won’t attract mosquitoes like some other plants might.  If you would like to learn about even more plants that acts like a mosquito repellent, read this article on Gardens and More.

 

26 thoughts on “8 Mosquito Repellent Plants

  1. Bj Wise

    where should I plant mosquito plants to keep mosquito’s from getting in the garage and house
    do these plants require shade or full sun?

    1. Mother Post author

      I would plant them as close to the door as possible! As far as shade/sun needs, it will vary by plant. 🙂

    2. SSimbwa

      I live in tropical africal on the equator in East Africa Uganda whose City is Kampala. Hence having mosquito repellant plants is very essential as mitigation against malaria not to me only but the whoole country!

      Kindly advise on the plants that would fit in weather partner.

  2. Mary

    I have been planting lemon thyme in my flower beds for years. Mosquito’s are always a problem in the cooler morning hours when it’s most comfortable to work in the garden. As I am weeding and dead heading I just rub lightly over the leaves of the thyme and then rub the lemon scent onto my arms and neck and ears. Even in the worst mosquito years it has kept them at bay as I work.

    1. Mother Post author

      Thanks for sharing this Mary! I would not have thought of rubbing against the leaves of a plat. I am definitely going to try this!

  3. Terri

    Another great plant for warding off mosquito’s is the Citronella plant. This potted plant works very well!

  4. racquel d

    Are any of the mosquito plants perennials this would be great if they are.

    1. Mother Post author

      While most are annuals, a few are perennials (such as daisies and lavender) ! Of course, which ones are perennials will depend on where you live. 🙂

  5. Daniel

    Thank you for much information on this page.i like farming and all the gardening work.nay you update me for more tricks on these plants.
    Thank you.

  6. dawn

    We have mosquito so all year. Zone 8 .does anyone know what to plant in the winter

    1. Mother Post author

      Hi Dawn,

      I bet most of the plants listed would work in your zone during winter! If I was you, I would tke this list to a local nursery and have them help you pick the ones that would do best. 🙂

  7. Nita

    I have grown citronella in large pots on my patio it gets large the bigger the pot the bigger the plant it works very well to unwanted insects at bay. Like the lemon grass if you rub it gently and rub your hands over you skin it transferseems working when not in the general area of the plants. I love these plants

    1. Mother Post author

      Thanks for sharing Nita! I am going to try to grow some in a pot too, great idea!

  8. luisa

    Txs for info.im living in south sudan.where they have malarias mosquitoes. Somebody can tell me wich all this plants will work better?i got a very little place for to plant,and is close to my door entrance,place where this ugly mosquitoes are always waiting for us.special early morning and night. Is because the Nile river is in all this country. Im Luisa,chilean citizen,my husband work in this place. Txs so much for the great help. Regards to all.

  9. Sandy

    Are any of these plants harmful to the doggs if they eat the leaves? I have a small shitzu.

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