11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Anti-mosquito plants can help you fight the annoying bite of this insect.

Anti-mosquito plants are plants whose fragrance is usually pleasant to us but, due to their chemical composition and aroma, act as natural repellants plus is pro-environment.

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1. Calendula “Pot marigold”

Calendula is a perennial or annual aromatic herbaceous plant, depending on the climatic conditions. 

It is one of the most traditional plants for the garden, terrace, and balcony.

2. Nepeta cataria “Catnip”

It reaches a height of between 20 and 90 centimeters, with grayish branched stems, from which opposite leaves sprout, petiolated, with serrated and hairy edges on the underside.

According to numerous studies, it is a powerful mosquito repellent, including the one conducted at Iowa State University by researcher Chris Peterson.

3. Lavender

In addition to being an excellent plant to ward off annoying mosquitoes and other insects, the aroma, color, and the sensation of the freshness of Lavender will fill your home with a pleasant fragrance in summer and at any other time of the year.

4. Rosemary

Rosemary is also among the plants that best repel mosquitoes. Its repellent action is due to the fact that it contains geraniol, a substance that these insects usually avoid.

5. Mint

This is another of the plants that will help you ward off mosquitoes in a more natural and sustainable way. 

Also, thanks to its antiseptic properties, we can use a mint infusion to clean and relieve the bites of these and other insects.

Growing mint is easy. Keep it in a sunny or shaded corner and water well, especially when the weather is dry and hot. 

6. Basil 

Basil is a plant that is highly appreciated in the kitchen, but is also widely used by farmers, especially in organic farming, as a natural repellent.

Put a couple of pots by a window to absorb their scent and prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

7. Melissa officinalis “Lemon balm”

Melissa officinalis is also known as lemon balm and is highly valued as an anti-mosquito plant and for its medicinal properties.

 Its repellent action is due to a substance, citronellol.

Irrigation has to be scarce and during the hottest months of the year it will be enough to water it once a week.

8. Allium

Its aroma is characteristic, although not all its members have a strong flavor.

In addition, there are ornamental plants of this genus – such as Allium giganteum – that will not only make your garden look great but will help you with your mosquitos problems.

9. Geraniums

It is one of the plants that has become more famous in recent years as a natural remedy against mosquitoes. 

Its intense lemon smell and a substance that it shares with citronella and lemon balm, citronellol.

They bloom during the summer and are quite hardy. They are usually grown in the garden or balcony, but they can also be kept indoors, as long as it is placed in a very bright place.

10. Chinese carnation

The Chinese carnation is a small plant that can be kept in a pot throughout its life without inconvenience.

The Chinese Carnation, despite its name, is not originally from China but from Mexico, where it is called the Flower of the Dead, or Flower of twenty petals. 

11. Citronella

It is an excellent plant to repel insects such as mosquitoes. The essential oils of this plant give off an aroma that is quite unpleasant to mosquitoes.

Citronella needs plenty of water, especially in summer.

This plant likes the sun very much, so if you want to have it inside your home, you should place it in a place where it receives sun, it can be in a window or in a gallery or terrace.