Mosquito-Repelling Potted Plants

Updated April 1, 2018

Outdoors is fun, entertaining and one of the great joys of spring and summer, until the bugs invade. I have used everything from bug spray,  candles, bug zappers, torches, etc. to get rid of mosquitos but they always seem to find and bite me. Sometimes I feel like I get bit, even more, using these products. In place of spray and pesticides, why not try going chemical-free with a cluster of mosquito-repelling potted plants. When grouped together near a seating area on your deck or patio, they make a pretty and lush addition to your outdoor landscape while also protecting you and your guests.

When you have mosquito-repelling potted plants you must pay special attention to them as they are sun-loving and need lots of water so they don’t dry out fast. Depending on the climate you live in you will probably have to water each plant once a day to every other day. You can arrange a cluster of different mosquito-repelling potted plants around your patio to get a better effect of keeping away the bugs and it will be much safer for your family and friends. No need to use the harsh chemicals or annoying bug zappers while you’re trying to talk. Try a trio of any of the mosquito repelling potted plants listed below and say goodbye to bug spray.

Mosquito-Repelling Potted Plants

  • Citronella
  • Horsemint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Marigolds
  • Basil
  • Ageratum
  • Lavender
  • Catnip
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Scented Geraniums

Do you have any other tips on how to get rid of mosquitos without the chemicals? I would love to hear about them in the comments.

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  • lovetocook
    July 18, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Clicked the link and as usual with these ads, it goes to nothing about mosquito repelling plants.

  • Cheri Golden
    April 5, 2022 at 10:56 am

    I love the Yellow flowered plant in the picture. What plant is that?
    Thank you


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