10 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

There are a variety of both wild and cultivated plants that repel mosquitoes. Oils contained in certain types of plants, especially herbs, are natural mosquito repellants— catnip, rosemary, garlic, lemon balm, peppermint, and thyme. So as one more way to repel mosquitoes, try planting these attractive plants.

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10 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Basil: Ocimum basilicum. Type: Annual. Height: 2 feet. Spacing: 18-24” apart. Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade. It is advisable to grow basil in pots and to place them in your backyard.

Catnip: Nepeta cataria. Type: Perennial. Height: 2-3 feet. Spacing: 12-18 “ apart. The natural oil within the leaves has been proven to be ten times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes. Plant itaround your patio and deck.

Clove Tree: Syzygium aromaticum. Type: Tree. Height: 20-30 feet. Spacing: 25 feet apart. Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade. These plants grow well in tropical conditions.

Lavender: Lavandula angustifolia. Type: Perennial. Height: 18-24”. Spacing: 12-18” apart. Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade. Try planting lavender around seating areas to repel mosquitoes. You can also make  own natural mosquito repellent with lavender essential oil (here).

Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis. Type: Perennial. Height: 2-3 feet. Spacing: 12-18” apart. Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade.

Lemon Grass: Cymbopogon citrates. Type: Perennial to USDA zone 8, treat as an annual elsewhere. Height: 2-3 feet. Spacing: 3-5 feet apart. Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade. Place them around your patio, deck or outdoor living spaces.

Pennyroyal: Mentha pulegium. Type: Perennial. Height: 6-12”. Spacing: 12” apart. Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade.

Peppermint: Mentha piperita. Type: Perennial. Height: 24-36”. Spacing: 12-18” apart. Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade.

Roman Wormwood: Artemisia pontica. Type: Perennial. Height: 18-24”. Spacing: 12” apart. Light Requirements: Full sun.

Rosemary: Rosmarinus officinalis. Type: Perennial shrub. Height: 4 feet. Spacing: 3-5 feet apart. Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade.

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