There’s nothing worse than settling down in your backyard for a nice, relaxing evening only to be interrupted by the constant buzz and annoyance of mosquitoes! If you’re anything like me, mosquitoes love your blood and never have mercy when it comes to sucking you dry! Don’t worry anymore about those pesky bugs, try landscaping with some of these plants that help keep mosquitoes at bay.
Lemon Balm: Not only does this plant repel mosquitoes, but it also gives off a wonderful smell! Lemon balm is also known to help alleviate stress, which is always an added bonus.
Citronella: This plant is thought of as the “original” bug repelling plant because there is a similarly named ingredient used in many common repellents.
Catnip: Catnip not only repels mosquitoes but it also keep cockroaches away, which can be a great asset for lots of homeowners! If you have a cat, just make sure to keep this plant away from the others because cats enjoy rolling in it and may destroy other plants.
Marigolds: Other pests are also kept away with marigolds, not just mosquitoes. This plant is also edible and adds a great dimension of color to your garden.
Lavender: The great thing about lavender is that it can be grown inside and outside. So if you find mosquitoes coming into your home, just keep a pot of lavender near a window and watch it do its work!
Peppermint: Peppermint also has a great smell to invite and relax your guests in the yard. It also can be used to relieve itches if those mosquitoes do end up finding some victims!
Garlic: Garlic can be used to repel mosquitoes and to add flavor to your food! This is a great choice to get as many uses as possible from the plants in your garden
Floss Flower: If you want a variety of colors to choose from, then here’s the plant for you. Floss flower both repels mosquitoes and comes in blue, pink, and purple.
Eucalyptus: This requires quite a bit of work to grow and maintain, but I find the smell relaxing.
Pineapple Weed: The name may be a turnoff, but it has a great smell and is supposedly great for salads!
Pitcher Plant: This plant is cool because it doesn’t technically repel mosquitoes but eats them!
Rosemary: Rosemary is great by itself for repelling mosquitoes, or you can extract its oils and put it into lotions to make some fresh-smelling repellent on the go!
Snowbrush: Snowbrush is effective in repelling mosquitoes, but it is considered a weed in many areas.
Sweet Fern: Sweet Fern is especially effective in repelling mosquitoes when it is burned in a fire.
Tansy: This plant is very colorful, so it’s a great addition to your yard.
Tea Tree: Tea Trees repel mosquitoes but their oils can also be used to sooth irritations caused by mosquitoes or other outdoor factors.
Vanilla Leaf: This plant is a great choice because it has an interesting shape and is also effective in keeping away mosquitoes!