11 Mosquito-Repelling Plants To Grow In Your Outdoor Spaces

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For some reason, bugs have always been especially attracted to me. If I happen to be sitting on my back deck in the summer, I’ll inevitably get bit by mosquitoes five to ten times, while my entire family remains unbothered. If you’re like me and can’t stand the incessant whining of pesky, disease-carrying mosquitoes, grow these 11 naturally mosquito-repelling plants in your outdoor spaces.

1. Mint

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Not only is mint handy to have around as a garnish, but mosquitoes also can’t stand its strong smell. Rub a few mint leaves together with your fingers when sitting outside, and the mosquitoes won’t want to bug you.

2. Rosemary

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Rosemary is a great herb to use for cooking, and it doubles as a mosquito-repellent! Toss some rosemary stems in a bonfire to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

3. Bergamot

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Bergamot attracts bees and butterflies (a perk!), but mosquitoes detest the strong smell.

4. Lavender

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Lavender is a beautiful plant with a seriously relaxing aroma. And thankfully, mosquitoes hate it! You can rub some lavender over your skin while outside for added protection.

5. Garlic

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Planting garlic in your garden would definitely benefit your cooking. Plus, mosquitoes can’t stand the aroma.

6. Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is a low-maintenance plant that mosquitoes hate so much, it’s frequently used as a main ingredient in mosquito-repelling sprays and lotions. People also plant lemongrass to keep snakes away

7. Basil

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My favorite herb: basil! Not only is basil wonderful for sprinkling atop pasta, but mosquitoes will also be deterred by the smell.

8. Marigold

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Marigold will add a bright pop of color to your garden and keep mosquitoes at bay. It’s another common ingredient used in mosquito-repelling products.

9. Eucalyptus

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Eucalyptus is another plant with a relaxing scent that mosquitoes despise!

10. Catnip

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Cats may be drawn to the smell of catnip, but this plant has the opposite effect on mosquitoes.

11. Lemon-Scented Geranium

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Mosquitoes will be sure to stay away from lemon-scented geraniums. However, this plant is toxic to dogs, so don’t plant any if you have a pup.

Now that you know about these mosquito-repelling plants, hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor spaces free of pests this summer!