With all the rain we’ve gratefully experienced lately, the mosquitoes are out in full force. They are hard to keep away, and bug sprays can be an unpleasant hassle filled with chemicals. These ten plants serve as natural mosquito repellents that also provide a host of other benefits. Grow some of them in your yard and enjoy a pest-free summer!
Lemongrass: Mosquitoes dislike the fresh, lemony scent given off by the grass. It is most easily grown from a clipping of a mature plant, which can be found at local grocery stores or Asian markets.
Geranium: The colorful plant makes for a useful bug deterrent that will beautify your yard. Grow it in hanging pots and let the flowers flow over the sides.
Catnip: This member of the mint family is loved by cats but despised by mosquitoes. Cat owners be careful where you plant it, as your felines are likely to roll around in the area.
Marigolds: The flowers, which come in a variety of lengths and colors, are very simple to grow. Plant them along the border of your house to prevent bugs from crossing into your territory.
Basil: Not only is the herb great to have on hand for cooking, but it is also a quick solution to your insect problems. Experts suggest lemon or cinnamon basil for deterring mosquitoes.
Lavender: The multipurpose plant has a calming scent and beautiful color. Grow it inside or out, but make sure to provide sufficient sunlight exposure.
Peppermint: In addition to repelling bugs, peppermint can be used to relieve itching when rubbed directly onto the skin.
Rosemary: Add the easily maintained herb to your garden to keep the insects away. It also makes a wonderful addition to many of your favorite dishes.
Citronella: This grass is very easy to grow, and it is actually a very common ingredient in mosquito repellents. The scent masks other smells, keeping bugs from being attracted to things around it.
Pennyroyal: The flowers make for a great groundcover that serves as an effective insect repellent. Pennyroyals also have a tendency to attract butterflies.