12 Plants for your garden or home that will protect you from mosquitoes

Summer is back, and we’re all spending more time outdoors. Some of us may be more prone to insect bites, mainly from mosquitos. Luckily, there are a few natural alternatives to chemicals and pesticides to help you get rid of these flying monsters.

To help you enjoy going outdoors, try strategically placing insect-repelling plants in your garden or on your patio. One of the most effective things you can do to decrease mosquito populations is to eliminate any standing water, where mosquitoes frequently breed.

Check out these plants that will help keep your outdoor oasis a mosquito-free zone.

Lavender

It smells nice (to human noses) but deters mosquitos, fleas and flies, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Garlic

Keep vampires and mosquitos away by planting garlic in your garden or herb pots set around your favourite outdoor area.

Lemon Balm

This plant deters mosquitos but attracts good insects like butterflies and bees.

Peppermint

This scent is unpopular among the creepy-crawly families, and ants and mosquitos steer clear.

Marigolds

The oils in this flower can offer several hours of protection from mosquitos.

Rosemary

The scent of rosemary keeps mosquitoes, moths and flies away.

Basil

This strong-smelling herb is a powerful mosquito repellant.

Geranium

This plant has a light lemon scent, almost the same as citronella. They both are great mosquito repellants.

Floss Flower

These purple beauties (Ageratum houstounianum) produce aroma mosquitoes aren’t fond of

Catnip

Cats may love it, but mosquitoes hate catnip.

Citrosum

Also known as “Mosquito Repellant Plant,” this perennial is heavily marketed as a useful insect repellant.

Sage

Toss a little sage into the fire—the scented smoke will keep those pesky critters away.