As with our other natural ways to get rid of ants, mice and other pests around your home, there is also a way to control mosquitoes. These plants should be planted in the areas around where you and your guests relax as well as near windows and doors for the best results.

Get Rid of Mosquitoes With These Plants & Herbs


Citronella is the first and possibly the most obvious. We’ve all seen Citronella candles being used to repel mosquitoes and other insects, why not try the actual plant. It is a decorative plant which does well in pots and can be moved around into the area it is needed.



Basil by Arifm

Basil is easy to grow on a sunny windowsill or in the garden. It is also a useful herb to use in the kitchen for pasta sauces and fresh summer salads. You can also use basil essential oils to make a natural repellent for your skin.


Mint is a really easy to grow plant which can be grown from seeds or clippings. Mosquitoes and most other insects hate the smell and taste of it so it is great to use in the garden as an all-round pest control. It is best to plant mint into pots as it can be quite invasive if it is given place to grow.



Rosemary by Stuart Kalleske

Like basil, rosemary is also a dual purpose repellent and herb. It is a hardy plant which just requires a little water and an occasional trimming in order to thrive. It can also be used in a number of chicken and lamb dishes.


Lavender has a very distinctive smell; it is used in a number of soaps, creams, balms and oils and has amazing natural properties. Plant Lavender as a decorative feature along walls and pathways and your home will be free of mosquitoes. You can also use lavender products and oils as a great natural repellent.


Lastly, Geraniums. You get a variety of Geraniums which are citronella scented. Plant these in and around your patio, porch and areas of your garden where guests would be likely to sit. The leaves can also be crushed into lotions and used as a skin repellent.

Have you used any of these plants or any other plants to naturally repel mosquitoes? Let us know in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this post, have a look at these 8 easy vegetables which can be grown at home.

Cover image: Geranium by Ruth Hartnup. All images used in this post are used under CC BY 2.0.

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