As much as we love summer and all of the perks that come with it, getting noshed by mosquitoes is something that we all hate though. Covering our bodies from head to toe is not an option, so it feels like there is no other choice but to suffer.
The good news is that there is much simpler solution available! Plant a couple of these plants in the yard and watch the mosquitoes disappear. Plus, these plants look amazing. Mosquito repellent and a pretty landscaping, too! Check out the following plants that help deter mosquitoes naturally!
This purple flower is an ideal way to add a nice touch to your backyard. It smells heavenly, but repels fleas, flies, and mosquitoes. Alternatively, place dry lavender in your drawers to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Garlic is one of the most effective mosquito repellents out there. Plant garlic in herb pots around the outdoor area or in the garden to keep mosquito and other bloodsuckers away.
3. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm smells a bit of mint and a bit of lemon. Not only repels mosquitoes, but it attracts beneficial insects like bees and butterflies as well. For an effective mosquito repellent, crush a few leaves and rub the oil on the skin. Note that this plant is quite invasive, so make sure it doesn’t take over your garden.
Needless to say, peppermint smells minty. As much pleasant this scent for us is, mosquitoes and similar insects cannot stand it. As an added bonus, mice don’t like this minty smell either.
This beautiful flower is a nice addition to any outdoor area. According to one study published in Natural Living Ideas, the oils present in this flower offer a few hours of high quality protect from mosquitoes. It works great against bugs like tomato hornworms, Mexican bean beetles, and squash bugs too.
Rosemary grows in hotter climates, and is recommended by the New York Botanical Garden for its mosquito-deterring properties. Its scent keeps flies and moths at bay too. You can use it as a decorative border or season your meals with it.
Basil is extremely popular herb and is mostly used in Italian cuisine. However, it turns out that this strong-smelling herb works as mosquito repellent as well. It doesn’t require anything specific, except for sunlight, solid drainage, and plenty of water. Plant it in a container near your sitting area.
Geranium is a beautiful flower which adds a lot of color to your garden or sitting area. This means that you can plant geraniums both in the garden and in a pot. It thrives in warm weather and it has very pleasant, lemon scent, similar to citronella.
Other Fragrant Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
Catnip: It contains nepetalactone, a natural chemical which is both an effective insect repellent and a feline attractant.
Citronella: Although not as effective as bottled repellents, it is safe to use, cheap, and when grown in your garden, you will always have it around.
Pennyroyal: Plant it outside or keep a vase of fresh pennyroyal in your room.