5 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes [These Actually Work!]

Summer is right around the corner, meaning doors and windows are wide open!

Mosquitoes tend to be a bigger problem during the summer months, so it’s essential to take some steps to protect yourself from them. One way to do that is by using plants that naturally repel mosquitoes.

There are several plants that have this ability, and we will discuss five of them in this blog post. Keep reading for information on how to use these plants to keep mosquitoes away!

Citronella Grass

This is one of the most popular plants used for mosquito control. The citronella plant is a type of grass that produces a strong, lemony smell. This scent is released into the air when the leaves are crushed, which is known to be very effective at repelling mosquitoes.

Citronella plants can be grown in pots or the ground, making a great addition to any outdoor space. If you’re having a party or event outdoors, consider placing citronella plants around the perimeter to help keep mosquitoes away from your guests.

Citronella grass is a tropical plant that can grow to be six feet tall, making it not the best choice for your backyard, or in your home, depending on size.


This plant is a member of the mint family, and it is well known for its ability to deter mosquitoes. Catnip is so effective at repelling mosquitoes that it is actually used in some commercial mosquito repellents!

The active ingredient in catnip that repels mosquitoes is called nepetalactone. This compound is also found in other plants, such as lemon balm and citronella.

Catnip plants can be grown in pots or the ground, reaching a height of two to three feet. Like citronella, catnip is a great choice for placing around the perimeter of an outdoor event to help keep mosquitoes away.


Rosemary is a herb that is frequently used in cooking. It has a strong, woody smell that is known to deter many pests, including mosquitoes.

Rosemary plants can be grown in pots or in the ground, and they don’t grow too tall or bushy, so they’re easily manageable.

Remember, if you do grow your rosemary outdoors, you’ll need to bring it inside for the winter.


Marigolds are a type of flower that is known for their ability to deter many pests, including mosquitoes. The pungent smell of the marigold is thought to be what repels mosquitoes.

Marigolds are brightly colored annuals; you can get yellow, orange, and red marigolds.

Mosquito Plants

The mosquito plant, also known as citronella geranium, is a type of plant that produces a strong Citronella scent. This plant is often used in mosquito repellents, and it is known to be very effective at deterring these pests.

Mosquito plants are unique because they’re advertised as mosquito repellents, that’s a bold claim, and I’ve had both success and failures when trying to keep mosquitoes away in the summer!

Not easy to get hold of, I’d recommend looking online for mosquito plants.

Making a Natural Repellent

Not only are these plants great at keeping mosquitoes away from your yard, but you can also use them to make all-natural mosquito repellent.

To make a natural repellent, you’ll need to grind the leaves and flowers to release the oils, and mix the oils in alcohol; vodka is my recommendation.

Once the mosquito repellent oils have been infused into the liquid, you can use it without worry, as it is just as effective as chemical-based repellents.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What smell do mosquitoes hate?

There are a few smells that mosquitoes hate, including citronella, lemon, and eucalyptus. All of these scents can be used to help repel mosquitoes.

How do I keep mosquitoes out of my yard naturally?

I have a few solutions! One way is to plant plants that naturally repel mosquitoes in your yard. Another is to use mosquito repellent. Finally, you can install mosquito netting around your yard.

How do I keep mosquitoes from getting attracted to me?

There are a few things you can do to avoid attracting mosquitoes:

  1. Try to wear light-colored clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
  2. Avoid wearing perfumes or colognes, as they can attract mosquitoes.
  3. Make sure you don’t have any open wounds, as mosquitoes are attracted to blood.


If you’re looking for an attractive, sustainable solution to mosquitoes, consider planting one (or more) of these five effective mosquito-repelling plants!

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