9 Plants that Mosquitoes Hate.
There is nothing worse than having an evening on your back deck or patio ruined by biting mosquitoes. Sure, a can of insect spray will help, but there are other ways to combat these pesky insects. Here is a list of plants that mosquitoes absolutely hate. Plant these in and around your outdoor space to create a natural repellent.
The Lemon Family
Lemon Thyme can be planted in the garden or as a container plant. This hardy plant can be planted among pavers and can be used to form a ground cover.
Lemon Grass is used as a culinary herb and is very popular in Asian dishes. Its oil is used as a pesticide and a preservative and its use has been documented in ancient texts of India. Another common name for this grass is citronella grass and we all know that citronella is said to repel insects and especially mosquitoes. There is no need to spend money on a citronella candle if you are surrounded by this airy grass.
Lemon Balm grows vigorously in mild temperature zones and should not be planted where it can be allowed to spread into other plantings. For this reason it is best to plant in pots. According to Wikepedia, the leaves have been prescribed for internal (as tea) or external (essential oil) application for the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, nervous system, liver, and bile. It is also a common addition to peppermint tea because of its complimentary flavor. Lemon balm essential oil is very popular in aromatherapy. Mosquitoes loath it and that is the best news of all.
Basil is used fresh in many Italian dishes and is a staple for any kitchen herb garden. The dried herb loses its flavor and tastes different than fresh. There are many varieties including lemon basil. African blue basil has a strong camphor smell because it contains camphor in high proportions. For an all around sampling, plant several varieties for kitchen use and to ward off mosquitoes.
Rosemary, believe it or not, is a member of the mint family and its name literally means dew of the sea in Latin. According to Greek mythology it was draped around the Greek goddess Aphrodite when she rose from the sea. The Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting and the flowers turned blue. The woody shrub then became know as the “Rose of Mary”. No matter how it got its name, it is a drought-tolerant plant that can be grown as a low hedge, cut into shapes as a topiary, or grown in a pot. Throw some rosemary chicken in the oven and enjoy eating it in your outside living space. Sit next to the planted rosemary and enjoy a mosquito free meal.
Garlic has been used by humans for over 7000 years. It not only adds wonderful flavor to many recipes but it also has medicinal properties that have been associated with aiding the cardiovascular system, cancer, and the common cold. Mosquitoes tend to avoid it.
Marigolds are an all-around champion to any garden. Marigold florets are edible and are often used in salads to add a touch of color. Plant marigolds next to tomatoes and you’ll receive a natural insect repellent from nematodes, tomato worm and slugs.
Lavender is an easy to grow herb that is both beautiful and fragrant. It is drought-tolerant, attracts butterflies, is deer resistant and thrives in hot sunny locations. Lavender is the work horse of herbs. From fragrance to essential oils it can help you sleep, soothe the skin, and when dried makes a nice scented sachet. Best of all? You guessed it – mosquitoes aren’t a big fan.
Catnip may be the drug of choice for our feline friends but mosquitoes are turned off by it. Nepetalactone, the feline attractant, is a mosquito and fly repellent. Oil isolated from catnip by steam distillation is a repellent against cockroaches, termites, and particularly the infamous mosquito. Say goodbye to bugs and hello kitty.