Plants that Deter Mosquitoes

The beautifully colored Marigolds are one of many plants that deter mosquitoes.

What is better than having a plant that compliments your home and outside patio? A plant that deters mosquitos! Yes, there are plants like that out in the world. These plants use their natural odor to repel bugs from getting a little too close to them and you. Since it’s still summer and mosquitoes are still rampant in Texas, you might want  a natural remedy for keeping these bugs away. If you are in looking for some mosquito repelling plants, here is a list for you.

Mosquito Repellent Plants

  • Citronella: Known as one of the most common ingredients in most mosquito repellents. This plant does not just help repel, but looks great while doing it. The citronella plants give off a strong aroma that masks other attractants. This leads to those pesky mosquitoes confused and not able to track you down.
  • Marigolds: These are probably one of the most common plants people plant in their yard. They are bright, abundant and they help repel bugs. Marigolds have a distinct smell that most bugs and people can smell. They also help with protecting your tomato plants, so you have two stones right there.
  • Catnip: Your cats will love you, while the mosquitos will dislike you. Catnip contains a natural minty smell, that makes cats crawl and some bug shriek. Catnip was also proven to be more effective than DEET, which is a common ingredient in repelent.
  • Lavender: Lavender is a plant that most people love the smell of. Most people does not include mosquitoes. They do not like the fresh smell of lavender at all. Place the lavender plant next to your door or even choose to rub it on your skin. The natural oils will rub off and naturally repel the bugs.
  • Mint: Just like the catnip, mint plants contain a minty scent that mosquitos just don’t like. Also, just the lavender, it works when rubbed on your body, maybe even more effective. It was also discovered that mint worked better than most insect repellent chemicals out there. Once mosquito season is over, you can then use the mint leaves for a nice, warm tea.


Where to Buy

The Addison area holds a variety of plant shops for you to buy your repelling plants. Calloway’s Nursery contains many bloomed and ready to-go plants if you are looking for something now. There is also Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, where you will find everything garden and organic for you.

Amanda is a current student at UTDallas, studying Emerging Media and Communications. She got her Associates in Journalism at Palo Alto College in San Antonio and decided to finish her degree in Dallas. She likes to read, blog, and eating at new places. She enjoys traveling and learning about history and culture.

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