Outdoor entertainment is one of the greatest joys of summer and spring. Until, of course the mosquitoes invade. Instead of pesticides and spray, you can try the effective cluster of potted mosquito-repelling plants.
Group these plants close to the seating spot on your patio or deck. Besides, giving protection against mosquitoes, they give a beautiful and verdant touch to the outdoor landscape.
Plants that Repel Mosquitoes
This hardy perennial plant also popularly known as horsemint repels mosquitoes by spreading a strong odour just like the citronella grass. The plant is fast growing and drought resistant. You can plant it in a planter, so that it could be moved to the seating area, when you want relief from mosquitoes.
The powerful mosquito-repelling ability of this popular annual is widely advertised. Gardeners usually plant marigolds in the vegetable garden to drive away other type of insects as well. The distinct odour of this plant is unbearable for mosquitoes and hence keeps them away.
Although this perennial plant is known for its medicinal properties, many people are not aware about its mosquito-repelling trait. The natural oil in the leaves of this plant has been proved 10 times more effective than insecticides. It is recommended to plant catnip around the deck and patio to keep away the mosquitoes.
This plant with its powerful lemony scent is known for its bug repelling ability. The grass-like plant grows almost six feet tall. You can go for varieties such as citronella winterianus or cybopogon nardus.
Grow this aromatic plant in your garden to keep away the mosquitoes. You can grow them indoors as well provided you keep the plant near a sunny window. The purple flowers, lovely fragrance and calming properties are quite soothing and hence a pretty addition to your home or garden.
Mosquitoes do not like the smell of peppermint. Therefore, planting them in your garden is an excellent away to keep away the insects. You can also crush the leaves of the plant and rub them on the skin. The crushed leaves also relieve itching.
Eucalyptus help repel mosquitoes, when you plant them in your yard. Place the crushed eucalyptus leaves in rubbing alcohol and use this as a spray or aerosol.
Ageratum or floss flowers emit a smell that is particularly offensive for mosquitoes. The plant secretes a substance known as coumarin. It is used in the commercially available mosquito repellents.
Mosquitoes do not like the delicious and refreshing scent of mint. The plant grows quickly in the pots or ground. You can also pick some mint leaves and massage them directly on the skin to repel mosquito.
This is one of those herbs, which emits aroma even without crushing the leaves. You can control mosquitoes by planting basil in pots or in your backyard. You can also rub the crushed leaves on your skin. You can use any basil variety, but Peruvian basil, lemon basil and cinnamon basil are the best to control mosquitoes, as they emit strongest fragrances.
This is one of the strongest mosquito repellent plants. Due to its insect repelling properties, it is used in balm and mosquito repellents. You can burn the leaves or rub neem oil directly on the skin to keep away the mosquitoes.
This plant is native to Japan. Indigenous people hanged bundles of dried plants around their houses to keep away the flies and mosquitoes. You can rub the dried or fresh plant on the skin to deter mosquitoes.
Mugwort, Sagebrush, Wormwood
All these plants belong to the same genus. The plants can be used as a fragrant smudge, which is known to be quite effective mosquito repellent. You can also crush the leaves and apply to the skin.
This is one of the commonly grown weedy species, which is found across North America. It is grown along the edges of roads, lawns and other areas. You can plant them in pots and place them in patio or deck to repel mosquitoes. You can apply the crushed plant to the skin directly.
This herbaceous perennial plant is generally planted in the hanging basket, which can be placed on the tree limbs or patio plant stands. It attracts and captures mosquitoes in your garden. It uses the captured insects as fertilizer.
Tansies also known as mums are quite similar to marigold. However, they grow taller and the flowers are larger. The flowers are of different colours including red, yellow and pink. You can grow tansies around doorways, which act as a deterrent for mosquitoes.
According to a study conducted by the Ontario based ‘University of Guelph’, the lemon thyme leaves has powerful insect repelling properties than DEET, which is the commonly used compound in most of the commercially available insect repellents.
This plant belongs to the mint family and is an ancient herb used for culinary purpose. The plant repels all types of insects including mosquitoes, when grown around your house. However, the plant is not recommended if you have small children or pets, as they might eat the leaves, which is considered highly toxic.
This plant belongs to the Artemisia family and it is usually used to enhance the flavour of the food. The scent of southernwood repels mosquitoes and wasps alike. The dried flowers can be spread around the house to keep away the mosquitoes.
Woodruff or Galium Odoratum is known for its tonic, digestive and diuretic properties. However, not many of them know that it is an excellent insect repellent as well. Plant this in your garden and it will drive away the mosquitoes from your house.
The unpleasant odour of alliums such as onions, chives and garlic are known for their strong repulsive property. Growing them in your garden will drive away the pesky mosquitoes. For maximum effect, simply rub them on the skin or arrange them on the table outside the house.
Pyrethrum, the powder extracted from chrysanthemums is known as a natural insecticide. It attacks the nervous system of the mosquitoes, which makes them unable to sting. All the subspecies of this widely used ornamental plant are very good mosquito repellents.
This evergreen plant grows about two meters and insects do not like its smell. This decorative plant must be planted in airy and sunny weather.
The flowers of this carnivorous plant attract insects with their smell. The formic acid dissolves the insect, which sticks to the flower. Sundew is indeed a very good weapon against mosquitoes.
The strong scent emitted by the nicotiana plants will drive away the mosquitoes at night. It has the unique feature of emitting stronger odour in the evening. The plant could be cultivated in flower box, garden or flowerpot.
The odour emitted by the essential oils present in the leaves of this plant acts as mosquito repellent. It can be planted in the pots, ground or decorative containers.