You’re probably familiar with citronella candles as mosquito repellant but did you know citronella is a plant? The plant’s aroma is much more concentrated than products that contain citronella in them so why bother with the artifical stuff when you can keep bugs away and have a pretty little plant to enjoy? Citronella is easy to grow in pots or in the ground and it’s the top of my list for banishing mosquitoes!
Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family and is another super easy to grow plant. It can be agressive in it’s spread so I prefer to keep Lemon Balm in a pot to keep it from taking over the yard! You can also use the leaves to make tea!
Catnip can s of being an extremely effective bug repellant…in fact there was a study showing it to be 10 times more effective that DEET! Yay for mother nature! If you keep catnip and have a cat, be sure to separate it from your other plants in case your cat gets a crazy playing around-mine likes to roll all around and always knocked down any nearby small planters!
Marigolds have a scent that bug HATE and the added bonus of being easy to grow and lovely to look at. Marigold plants contain pyrethrum, a commonly used insect repelling chemical found in many insect repellants.
I love making pesto and always plant plenty of basil. Basil is yet another plant that deters those pesky mosquitos so that’s even more of a reason to plant plenty on myporch each year!
Lavender is one of my favorite scents-and one of my favorite essential oils so knowing that lavender plants help repell mosquitos is an added bonus.
Peppermint is another plant I always like to have on hand, I love putting peppermint in my water or tea! Peppermint is widely used as a bug repellant-creepy crawlies hate the smell! Peppermint is super easy to grow…It’s another plant that likes to spread so keep it in a pot if you don’t want it to take over!