Natural Mosquito Control: 10 Plants that Keep the Bugs Away
- August 30, 2019
Going for the bug spray when you hear the first mosquitoes of the night buzzing around you is easy, but that ease comes at a cost. Not only do the sprays leave a residue on your skin, but they also smell pretty awful, and definitely don’t get any in your eye! If this doesn’t sound appealing to you, then you’re in luck. Natural pest control is pretty easy and very cool.
Nature has provided us with a variety of plants that naturally deter mosquitoes and other pests. We’ve put together a list of our 10 favorite plants that are natural mosquito repellants.
Everyone knows about citronella candles, but did you know you could just grow citronella grass yourself? You absolutely can and you absolutely should. Plant citronella in gardens, on the edge of your property, and near water features to create a barrier against the mosquitoes. It’s also a good idea to plant citronella near windows and doors so mosquitoes don’t find their way inside.
Mint is a plant that repels many different pests. Some of the pests that mint repels include: mosquitoes, ants, and spiders. This plant grows quickly too, so make sure you’re keeping it under control. Otherwise, you’ll have a garden full of mint. I suppose there are worse things to have a garden-full of.
Basil is a fragrant and tasty herb that repels mosquitoes and houseflies. Plant these in your herb garden to add flavor to your pasta and to keep those pesky mosquitoes away. Keep them around your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
Chives are strong-smelling plants that repel many garden pests, including Japanese beetles and carrot rust flies. Having chives around will help reduce the number of pests in your yard.
Garlic is known for its many health benefits and its vibrant flavor, but garlic plants are actually excellent insect repellants. These pungent plants deter Japanese beetles, root maggots, codling moths, carrot root flies, and aphids. Garlic is an essential plant for your pantry and your pest control.
Rosemary is another tasty herb that moonlights as a pest repellant. If you plant this herb in your garden, it will help keep a variety of garden pests away. Rosemary will help save your vegetables.
Chrysanthemums may be the best plant on this list at deterring insects. The long list of insects that chrysanthemums repel includes roaches, bed bugs, silverfish, ants, Japanese beetles, spider mites, and ticks. Quite a list for such a beautiful plant. Some pest repellers actually use a chemical from these plants as an ingredient.
The scent of these beautiful flowers will deter mosquitoes, plant lice, and even rabbits. The great thing about marigolds is that they’re very easy to find at local nurseries and are incredibly easy to maintain. Plant these in flower beds, gardens, or pots near your doors or windows. This will help keep mosquitoes, plant lice, and rabbits from getting into your house.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that most people love lavender. Its beautiful purple flowers and fragrant smell draws thousands of people from all over the world to lavender festivals every year. These beautiful flowers are also excellent pest repellants. Gnats, mosquitoes, and ticks hate the smell of lavender, so plant it near windows and doors to keep them out of your home.
Adding petunias to your yard will add bright pops of color to your yard while also repelling a variety of pests. These beautiful flowers repel aphids, tomato worms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers, and many more pests. Add this lovely flower to your yard to boost your curb appeal and repel a medley of pests.
While these plants should help you to keep mosquitoes, and other garden and lawn pests, out of your yard, you may be looking for a more robust approach. DFW Mosquito is here to help. We have a number of mosquito control treatment options to choose from.