Are you in seach of the best mosquito repelling plants? Spring brings backyard camping, lounging by the pool, kids playing in the backyard along with the all important family cookout.
If you are here that means you are struggling with your backyard staying mosquito free and you are probably having a hard time find mosquito repellent plants for your backyard that actually work.
Mosquitos can make backyard family time unbearable because they are pesky bugs, annoying and just down right aggravating.
Your first question is why are mosquitos attracted to you? Well, you smell good, taste good, full of nutrition and you might even be a little too sexy for your own good.
Mosquitos like the smell of the carbon dioxide emitted from our breath, sweat and body odor. Mosquitoes also love how warm our bodies are making us a delicious option for these pesky little critters dinner
I use a professional company that comes out monthly to spray, plus I use Spartan Mosquito Eradicator and I also use citronella candles.
The sprays the professional companys use can be harmful to the environment because they can easily get into the atmosphere.
I suggest adding few plants that repel mosquitoes in and around your house to help rid your backyard of these blood sucking critters.
15 Mosquito Repelling Plants
Mosquito repelling plants not only help with keeping your backyard free of bugs but they can also bring color and make your patio and outdoor living space beautiful.
The following plants below can help repel mosquitoes in your backyard
Eucalyptus is very similar to citronella and has a smell so powerful that mosquitoes’ hate it and the scent can make it difficult for these critters to find food.
The oil from the eucalyptus tree not only repels mosquitos but also ticks, midges and sandflies. Plant the tree freely throughout your yard and in flower pots but the oil can be applied directly to your skin.
Basil is another mosquito repelling plants that is one of my favorite herbs for both cocktails and Italian recipes. Basil also has the very special power repelling mosquitos.
The basil plant can emit a powerful aroma that aggravates these annoying critters. If you have a herbal garden already simply add basil to your garden and you can make your own homemade sprays from its essential oils.
Though lavender may be a favorite scent of many people, mosquitoes would disagree. They detest the pungent scent of the purple flower, and stay away at all costs.
Like most of the plants on this list, lavender can be used by extracting the oils and applying to the skin directly or making a body spray.
You can also simply plant it in your garden. Best of all, the beautiful purple flowers are sure to liven up your landscape.
In recent years, this has become a very popular method of repelling mosquitoes. A study in Science Daily suggests that Nepetalactone, the plant’s essential oil, is approximately ten times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes.
Therefore, much less of this oil is needed to be effective. Plant catnip in your garden as a backyard defense, or crush the leaves and rub them directly on your skin.
Sage is commonly used for spiritual cleansing in different cultures and is often burned in certain rituals to cleanse your home, mind and spirit but burning sage is also a great way to keep mosquitoes away!
Throw some sage leaves in a backyard fire pit or in your fireplace to fill your home with refreshing aromas and a natural mosquito-repelling scent and one of the best mosquito repelling plants.
Chives will repel garden and household pests like ants and Japanese beetles. Chives are members of the lily family grown for their leaves and flowers, which are equally popular in the garden and in the kitchen.
Pure cinnamon oil is particularly effective at killing mosquito larvae, as well as acting as an all-purpose insect and mosquito repellent.
By adding a few drops of cinnamon oil to your favorite lotion or sunscreen, you can make your own natural and safe insect repellent. Apparently, ants do not like cinnamon either and will stay away from it.
8. CITRONELLA PLANT
Citronella is the most popular of the mosquito repelling plants. Citronella oil, which orginates from the lemongrass plant, is commonly used in bug sprays and candles to repel mosquitos.
Citronella has a lemon or citrusy scent that bothers mosquitoes, but has a pleasing scent to people.
Lemongrass can be planted on the perimeter of your yard as a beautiful but yet effective mosquito repellent plant.
Additionally, citronella oil can be applied directly on your skin or paired with other essential oils to make your own natural deterrent. If you are looking for a plant that repels mosquitoes effectively the Citronella plant should definitely be on your list of plants to purchase.
This member of the onion family has been used for many years as an edible repellent. When consumed, garlic’s active ingredient, allicin, interferes with our natural scent and masks us from mosquitoes.
However, garlic can be used to deter mosquitoes even without eating it. Cut garlic cloves into slivers and scatter them around your outdoor living areas, or combine with oils and other liquid ingredients to make a repellent spray for your yard.
Furthermore, you can blend garlic with essential oils to make a mosquito repellent spray for your body. Mosquitoes won’t be able to stand the unappealing smell.
10. LEMON BALM
A member of the mint family, lemon balm has that strong lemon scent that mosquitos hate.
If you are afraid of bees be warned they love lemon balm along with butterflies. Plant this fragrant plant in small contained areas you want to deter mosquitoes or apply the crushed leaves directly to your skin for personal skin repellent.
This vibrant plant is well known for its pungent aroma. Some people find the smell overwhelming and so do mosquitoes. Plant these golden flowers in various places around your yard to keep mosquitoes at bay.
You can periodically cut the flowers off to add to vases around the house to prevent mosquitoes from migrating indoors.
Minty fragrances are unpleasant to a mosquito’s keen senses. The mere presence of peppermint plants can ward off these pesky flying insects.
You can also crush the leaves and rub them on your skin. Mosquitoes will not come anywhere near you and if you do happen to get a mosquito bite you can use the oil to relieve the itching.
Another great herb for repelling mosquitos is rosemary which can be used for not only seasoning but will help to keep your backyard free of mosquitos.
If you are grilling place a few sprigs of rosemary on the grill to keep mosquitoes away. The scent of the rosemary will spread throughout your yard and protect you from mosquitos.
In addition, rosemary can be infused into lotions or sprays to create simple repellents for your body.
14. LEMON THYME
Mosquitoes and other pests hate lemon-scented plants in general. The great thing about this herb is that it also has numerous culinary uses.
Lemon thyme is a member of the mint family and it looks just like regular thyme, but has thin, small, and spear-shaped leaves.
When you smash the leaves between your fingers, you’ll notice its bright and pungent lemon scent which mosquitos hate but smells delicious to the human nose.
15. Floss Flower
Floss Flower are purple they are perfect if you are looking to add a hint of color to your backyard while thwarting off mosquitos.
The floss flower contains coumarin, and it’s a chemical that has been proven to repel mosquitoes which makes it another great mosquito repellent plant
These mosquito repelling plants can’t protect your entire backyard alone but they can help keep mosquitoes away in conjunction with other mosquito repelling plants and candles.
If anyone tells you that mosquito repelling plants alone will solve your probelms they are lying.
Why Do Mosquitos Prefer Us For Dinner?
Mosquitoes really do prefer some people to others. There are an estimated 20 percent of people who are more desirable to mosquitoes, though mosquitoes don’t limit their feast to this number.
There isn’t conclusive evidence as to why these 20 percent are bitten on a consistent basis, but there are a few factors that could play a role.
Why Do Mosquitos Bite Your Ankles?
There are particular types of bacteria on your skin—about 400 different chemical compounds—that attract mosquitoes. These bacteria tend to build up on the skin covering your feet and ankles, which in turn attracts mosquitoes to these areas.
How To Avoid Mosquito Bites
Mosquito bites are the absolute worse from the itchy bites to the irritating bumps has many people wondering how to repel mosquitoes in and around their home safely.
If you don’t want to use harmful chemicals there are natural mosquito repellents that can help you avoid being eaten alive by these pesky little critters.
Additional Natural Mosquito Deterents
Mosquitoes have a number of predators that can help reduce the mosquito population in and around your home. I suggest using these in conjuction with the flowers, candles, and chemical sprays to help your backyard stay mosquito free.
Birds that eat mosquitoes are a great way to curb the amount of mosquitoes you will see around your home while creating a beautiful landscape for your yard.
Here are 4 birds and 1 insect that eat mosquitoes. Invite these beautfil birds into your backyard and they just might help make your outdoor living space a little more livable.
1. Purple Martins
Purple Martins are one of the best natural mosquito repellents. Purple Martins are not actually purtle and they are known for stunning singing and they also eat over one thousand mosquitoes per day!
Purple Martins love people, and they live in “apartment-style” birdhouses. These beautiful bug-eaters can be found near streams, rivers and wet areas where mosquitoes like to breed.
The best way to attract purple Martins is to build a house for them on the perimeter of your home but not too far away.
2. Barn Swallows
Barn Swallows are probably a distant cousin to the Purple Martin and are famous for the amount of mosquitoes they eat.
They will swoop in and catch their prey in aerial acrobatics. They will catch ten or twenty at a time and eat them right up.
Barn Swallows normally consume 60 mosquitoes per hour or 850 per day.
If you want to attract barn swallows and other insectivores, first you should stop using pesticides. Although you are trying to get rid of the bugs, you will need the bugs to initially attract the birds that eat them!
Swallows also like to perch themselves on wires and clotheslines.
Songbirds love to eat mosquitoes as well. If you are interested in a natural approach to get rid of mosquitoes dont forget about songbirds.
Having birds in your backyard will not solve your entire mosquito problem, but they will help out a great deal.
If you live on a farm or a few acres of land – Ducks and geese congregate on the water not only to paddle but also to eat dinner. Waterfowl eat massive amounts of mosquitoes daily so they are must have for farms.
They eat mosquitoes before they even hatch because they lay their larva in water; ducks will go after them before they are born and begin to cause you agony.
If you have a pond, the presence of fowl will also encourage other mosquito-eaters to congregate there, like various species of fish plus dragonflies, turtles, rigs and toads.
Dragonflies are often referred to as “mosquito hawks.” Though they do eat mosquitoes, they do not eat enough mosquitoes to do much harm to wild populations.
One feature that favors dragonflies as mosquito predators is that in the dragonflies’ aquatic stage, most of its food consists of mosquito larvae.
Conclusion of Best Mosquito Repellent Plants
If you were wondering if mosquito plants really work by now you should know the answer is yes!
You just need to know what types of plants repel mosquitoes and I have provided you with my favorite list of mosquito repelling plants so you can enjoy your backyard.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which includes using a variety of pest management solutions in and around the home. For mosquito control, this would include:
- Getting rid of standing water to prevent breeding and kill larvae
- Using plants in your garden or on patios that repel mosquitoes
- Using mosquito-repellant sprays or lotions that contain DEET to prevent mosquito bites
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Hopefully my list of mosquito repelling plants will help your backyard stay bug free and you can enjoy your backyard without fear of being eaten alive by these little critters.
Mosquito repellent plants are a great way to add to your list of ways to fight these backyard pest.
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