Forget The Spray – 9 Plants That Naturally Keep Mosquitos Away

We will all agree that the appearance of mosquitoes can be really annoying and destroy our time for enjoyment and rest.

Even though there are many sprays on the market which are considered as effective in keeping the mosquitoes away, they are full of dangerous toxins, which can be really harmful for your health.


The good news is that we have a solution for your problem. Did you know that the plants in your yard can act as mosquito repellents?

We present you 9 plants which will help you to keep the mosquitoes away:


Plants have the ability to defend themselves from intruders due to the fact that they are complex organisms which have been evolving for millions of years.

When it comes to keeping mosquitoes away, a study showed that catnip is even 10 times more effective than deet. So, this plant is an amazing mosquito repellant.

This plant is known for its ability to attract cats, so if you decide to grow this plan in your yard, make sure to put it far enough from the other plants, if you don’t want your garden trampled by the cats.

2. Lemon Thyme

The number of mosquito bites can be reduced up to 62% by the crushed leaves from this plant, according to a study from the Ontario’s University of Guelph.

3. Lavender

Despite its ability to keep the unwanted bugs away from your plants, lavender can treat numerous health issues including nausea, minor burns, vomiting, anxiety, breathing issues, skin blemishes, pain, and agitation.

You can use lavender leaves in order to make a calming tea or a healing lotion.

4. Basil

Besides its usage in the garden, this plant can be used in the kitchen. In order to keep the mosquitoes away, we suggest you to take some cinnamon basil due to its proven effectiveness

5. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a plant which belongs to the mint family. Besides its ability to act as a mosquito repellent, this herb has many healing properties. It can help you to treat digestive issues, cramps, sleeping problems, and PMS.

Make sure to keep this plant in a good size pot, or a specific area because sometimes it can be a bit aggressive, and expand itself over your garden.

6. Lemongrass

The size of this plant can be from 2-4 feet tall. Lemongrass is significantly effective in keeping mosquitoes away because it contains citronella (natural oil) known as the major ingredient in many mosquito repelling candles.

In order to create a natural force field from those little biters, we recommend you to plant a line of lemon grass around the edge of your yard or porch.

7. Marigolds

This beautiful and colorful plant is also extremely effective due to its unique aroma known as pyrethrum which will keep the mosquitoes away from your yard.

8. Rosemary

Besides that it can act as a mosquito repellent, this herb can be used in cleaning and cooking. And what is really great, it has the ability to boost your memory. According to the studies, if you inhale the scent of rosemary, you can boost your concentration and memory by 75%!

9. Garlic

Garlic is known for its delicious taste and many healing properties. It is very effective in fighting cold and other infections. Moreover, mosquitoes do not like the recognizable smell of garlic, so garlic can act as a mosquito repellent and keep the mosquitoes away from you and your garden!

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