7 Mosquito Repellent Plants for Your Home

Don’t want to douse yourself in bug spray, especially in the comfort of your own house? Get ready to put a lid on the spray can ’cause there are mosquito repellent plants that will keep mosquitoes out of your house just by being around!

The best news? These anti mosquito plants are lovely company – not just for keeping the mosquitoes away, but also to add in your pastas, make digestion-easing teas, and have a natural air freshener that calms and relaxes your mind.

And no worries if you live in tight quarters – these easy-to-grow mosquito repellent plants hardly take up any space. You can fit them all into a windowsill herb garden to ward off insects looking to sneak in through the window.

Okay, ready to meet your soon-to-be favorite roommates?

Basil

mosquito-repellent-plants-basilIt smells delicious, you can use it to whip up fresh pesto, and it keeps mosquitoes away – what more could you possibly want from a plant?

Turns out that yummy basil scent we all love is offensive to mosquitoes and flies. Even cooler – a 2009 study showed that the essential oil from this scrumptious herb is toxic to mosquito larvae.

There’s a wide variety of basil around, but opt for lemon or cinnamon basil as these are the most potent mosquito repellents. Whatever variety of basil you get – they need to be kept damp with proper drainage and plenty of sun.

Lemon Balm

mosquito-repellent-plants-lemon-balmAlso known as horsemint and beebalm, this is one easy plant to grow and maintain. It’s a tough survivor that’s shade-tolerant and drought-resistant so there’s no green thumb needed to make it thrive.

On the other hand, it can grow a little too well and has been known to aggressively take over a garden.

Plus, it tends to attract pollinators like bees, which you might not want hanging around your garden area, so we recommend growing this herb in a pot indoors to avoid a lemon balm takeover.

When you’ve got enough lemon balm keeping mosquitoes away, feel free to nip some leaves off and dry them for a relaxing herbal tea. Lemon balm is known to soothe digestive upset, calm the mind, encourage good-quality sleep and even have anti-aging benefits!

Lemongrass

mosquito-repellent-plants-lemongrassLove Asian cuisine and hate mosquitoes? This is the herb for you!

Especially since this is the true citronella plant. What do we mean by this?

Well, when you think citronella, your mind probably conjures images of the broader-leafed “citronella geranium,” aka Pelargonium citrosum.

But that plant just sort of smells like citronella and actually has very little citronellal content! It won’t protect you from mosquitoes – that’s just a misunderstanding that’s been propagated for far too long.

The citronella that’s extracted to be used in mosquito repellents comes from various species of lemongrass, aka citronella grass.

So get thee some lemongrass instead of the citronella geranium – this is the one that contains  the essential oils hated by mosquitoes. It’s also one of the most low-maintenance plants around and will thrive indoors as long as it gets plenty of sun.

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Tip: Pretty much all lemon-y plants are hated by mosquitoes. So if you’re not a fan of lemon balm or lemongrass, go ahead and get yourself some lemon thyme or lemon verbena instead.

Peppermint

mosquito-repellent-plants-peppermintMost insects and even rodents despise the smell and taste of peppermint so peppering your house with peppermint plants is a smart, fragrant way to keep unwanted guests from sneaking in.

Not to mention that fresh peppermint leaves are a real treat to have around – you can blend them into green smoothies, add ’em to soup, and use them to liven up your iced teas.

You can even rub the leaves directly on your skin for a natural itch treatment if you get a mosquito bite.

Oh, as part of the mint family, peppermint grows like a weed and can spread aggressively through your garden. Once it takes over, it’s difficult to remove from power so grow these in pots!

Rosemary

mosquito-repellent-plants-rosemaryAnother delicious herb to add to your recipes, rosemary’s woody scent keeps unwanted pests like mosquitoes, moths and flies away while attracting more welcome guests like butterflies.

While the living plant is great for discouraging mosquitoes from dropping by, you can also dry some rosemary sprigs to burn when you want to drive out mosquitoes that’ve gotten trapped in your house.

It’ll smell wonderful to you but pests find the scent offensive.

Rosemary is pretty easy to grow and keep, but keep in mind that they do best in hot and dry climates so if you live somewhere with cold, harsh winters – you’ll want to keep them indoors.

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Lavender

mosquito-repellent-plants-lavenderMmmm. Lavender. So pretty, so relaxing, so wonderfully scented and best of all – such an effective natural pest repellent great for keeping mosquitoes, moths and flies away.

It’s all thanks to its lovely fragrance, which we humans love but is thought to hinder a mosquito’s ability to smell – which is great news ’cause that’s how they find you.

But that’s not all lavender’s scent is good for – the smell of lavender is also known to aid relaxation, banish stress and promote restful sleep. So feel free to snip off and dry a few sprigs of lavender to place in wardrobes (helps repel moths while keeping your clothes smelling beautiful) as well as to tie into bouquets to place around your home.

As for the living lavender plant? They’re not as delicate as they look and will thrive as long it get full sun and proper drainage.  No green thumb required.

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Venus Fly Trap

mosquito-repellent-plants-venus-fly-trapAlright, the above herbs are beautifully-scented and wonderful for keeping mosquitoes away, but they’re of little help when a mosquito manages to sneak in.

Enter the Venus fly trap.

A beautiful conversation piece as well as a ruthless carnivorous plant that’ll devour any pest that dares to come too close, the Venus fly trap won’t just eat mosquitoes but flies, moths, spiders, and whatever creepy crawly that’s unfortunate enough to brush past more than one of its tiny, sensitive hairs.

The downside is that they do require a little more maintenance than the average anti mosquito plant, but it still consists of the basics: plenty of sun, water (must be pure, no minerals), and damp soil.

A fascinating natural mosquito killer, if there ever was one. Get one here

The easiest way to keep mosquitoes out of your house is to keep them away from your yard – check out the best mosquito repellent plants to grow in your yard!

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