There are natural ways to repel mosquitoes without using chemicals. Did you know that mosquitoes have a very good sense of smell? That is why they’re drawn to humans and other animals to feed off them.
But you can deter them as well as have fragrant plants around you at the same time.
So what is it they’re not attracted to?
I have the plants that will help deter those biting pests listed below.
Everyone has heard of citronella and some buy citronella scented candles for outdoors to try to keep mosquitoes away. Citronella oil comes from the lemon grass plant. And I have it on my patio.
Mosquitoes also don’t like mint. If you get a bug bit, you might try peppermint oil to relieve the itch.
I also have this fragrant herb in my patio garden.
So far this year I have not purchased basil. But it is not only a wonderful seasoning for food, but is also a bug repellent.
Likewise I don’t have garlic on my patio as of yet. Garlic is a member of the onion family.
You can cut up garlic and scatter around your outdoor space. Mosquitoes don’t like the harsh smell.
5. LEMON BALM
Lemon balm happens to be a member of the mint family. Some insects tend to not like the smell of lemon. However bees, butterflies and people often love the scent.
Mosquitoes most certainly are not attracted to lemon balm
I happen to have this herb in various places on my patio. It’s even growing up in the cement cracks. So that tells you that it is a hardy plant.
You might also like to try lemon balm leaves in tea. It is said to relieve stress.
Mosquitoes also don’t like the scent of lavender. They especially don’t like the purple flowers that bloom on lavender.
I don’t have lavender on my patio right now. I have not had luck growing it for some reason. But I intend to try again.
As you know the marigold plant has a very distinct scent, a strong one. There is a variety of marigold plants to choose from. Mosquitoes do not like the strong scent of marigolds.
Marigolds are also great companion plants. They deter beetles from melons. However don’t plant it next to beans or cabbage.
Marigolds also attract bees. But they tend to like the single bloom over the double bloom for some reason.
If you plants seeds or flowers you should choose those grown organically. If you buy from big box stores they typically contain insecticides. This is bad for both the bees and your garden.
It’s not only for your cats. It also repels mosquitoes. A study showed that this plant’s essential oil is about 10 times more effective than DEET when it comes to mosquitoes.
You can plant it in your garden or rub crushed leaves on your skin.
I need to get catnip. Ivy would probably love it.
Rosemary has many uses besides seasoning food. Mosquitoes don’t like this scent. You can put sprigs of rosemary on your outdoor barbecue grill to waft through your yard and thus deter a wider range of mosquitoes.
I am growing rosemary this year. Now if I just don’t kill it from over watering. That’s probably what I have done to lavender in the past. When I’m watering, sometimes I just hold the hose and my mind wanders. I have to make a conscious effort not to water the rosemary every time.
Eucalyptus is similar to citronella. This scent makes it difficult for mosquitoes to locate their food source by interfering with their senses. Confuses them.
I am growing eucalyptus this year, and I grew it last year as well. It is also a wonderful addition to a flower bouquet gathered from your garden when you want a bit of texture or greenery.
These are easy ways to deter mosquitoes without having to use chemicals or sprays of any variety. That kind of thing is just not allowed on my patio.
However I am lucky when it comes to mosquitoes. They don’t bite me for some reason.
I’ve read that some people produce more of certain chemicals in their skin. And a few of those chemicals, like lactic acid, attract mosquitoes. There’s also evidence that one blood type (O) attracts mosquitoes more than others (A or B)
Situate these plants near where you spend the most time. You can plant them in the ground or in pots. Pots of course would be easiest to move around your outdoor space.
You’ve probably wondered why mosquitoes drink blood in the first place? Actually only female mosquitoes drink blood, while males are strictly vegetarian. The reason why only female mosquitoes drink blood is so that they can nourish their child-bearing bodies.
Blood is full of proteins and amino acids, which makes it the perfect prenatal supplement for growing mosquito eggs. When female mosquitoes aren’t drinking blood, they eat plant nectar just like their male counterparts.