The 8 Mosquito-Repelling Plants You May Need in Your Backyard

1. Lavender

Lavender's lovely fragrance, derived from essential oils on its leaves, deters insects and even rabbits. This tough, drought-resistant plant thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, making it ideal for warmer climates.

2. Marigold

Marigolds are easy-to-grow annuals that emit a scent repelling mosquitoes and other pests like aphids and tomato hornworms. Perfect for pots near patios or as borders in gardens.

3. Citronella Grass (Lemon Grass)

Known for its distinct lemony scent, citronella grass is a key ingredient in natural mosquito repellents. Best grown in large planters due to its frost sensitivity, it thrives in sunny, warm areas.

4. Catmint

Catnip, a type of catmint, is an effective mosquito repellent, reportedly ten times more effective than DEET. It's easy to grow and can be invasive, but it's a worthwhile trade-off for pest control.

5. Rosemary

Rosemary's woody scent keeps mosquitoes, cabbage moths, and carrot flies away. Ideal for hot, dry climates, it thrives in containers and can be pruned into various shapes.

6. Basil

Basil's pungent aroma repels mosquitoes and flies. It requires damp conditions, good drainage, and lots of sun. Basil can be grown in containers or gardens, alone or with compatible plants.

7. Citronella / Scented Geranium

Scented geraniums, especially lemon-scented varieties, are popular for repelling mosquitoes. They grow fast and are best suited for warm, sunny, and dry climates, but can be kept in planters in cooler areas.

8. Bee Balm

Bee balm attracts beneficial insects like bees and butterflies while deterring pests. Crush the leaves to release its fragrant oils. Enjoy its colorful flowers all summer long.