So, what’s a gardener to do in order to repel these biting insects and keep everyone in the home free of disease? Use the power of smell. Mosquitoes are attracted to things like sweat and body odor, but certain scents that many of us find pleasant, repel them.There is also a number of sweet smelling, beautiful plants that contain powerful mosquito repellent properties. By including these 7 plants in your garden, you can give up chemical mosquito repelling products and enjoy a much more relaxing outdoor space without fear of getting bitten.
7 Best Mosquito Repelling Plants
Basil (Ocimum americanum) is a very aromatic and widely used herb. It can be found in almost any household. This plant has essential oils that mosquitoes happen to despise. So having your basil around might not be such a bad idea.
Most of us love the smell of lavender, but few realize that it not only offers that fabulous scent, and helps promote a relaxing, calming sensation, but it can keep those tiny invaders from ruining your outdoor dinner party. The pleasant aroma of lavender is offensive to mosquitoes and is best harnessed by planting it in the garden, or in pots situated near doors, windows and entertainment areas.
To make lemon balm even more useful take the leaves, crush them, and rub them on your skin. This creates a natural mosquito repellent that will keep you safe and itch-less all night!
This is one of the most colorful and gorgeous mosquito repelling plants that you will probably ever find. However, there is a downfall: it tends to smell a bit. If that’s not an issue and you love the color, then go for it. If not, then consider other plants or figure out how to get rid of the plant’s smell.
This gorgeous flowering plant is most commonly used to flavor dishes, but it can also serve as an outstanding mosquito repellent amongst a number of other fantastic uses. You can keep it indoors or out, just be sure it gets full sun. For repellent purposes, both the live plant and cuttings from it are effective for repelling those annoying disease-carrying insects. Rosemary is great when you want to gather around a fire without battling mosquitoes.
Who doesn’t love mint (besides mosquitos), right? If you needed another reason to plant the great smelling mint in your yard, then here it is! You can use it to ward off mosquitos, make your backyard smell great, and cultivate for cooking and other medicinal uses.
Lemon Grass contains citronella, which is a great mosquito repellent. Not only that, but it also smells great, unlike some commercial bug sprays, so you and your guests will want to stay in the backyard all night!