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8 Amazing Plants That'll Repel Mosquitoes (And Other Pests!)

Written by Grace & Silas
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It’s almost summer which means mosquitoes will be coming out soon. And even when it’s not the warm season, some places can still get them year round, and any type of repellent will do.

But you don’t have to spray on toxic mosquito repellent to keep them away. In fact, there are plants that you can grow inside and out to make sure you don’t get bitten. And many of these plants produce essential oils, which means you can keep them repelled wherever you go.

So check out these low maintenance plants and start growing!


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Citronella

Whether you’re using citronella candles, growing it in a pot, or making it a part of a centerpiece, this plant is definitely a great way to keep the mosquitoes away.

Lavender

Lavender is one of my favorites and is definitely a great way to repel mosquitoes. You can plant this around your entryways or put the lavender essential oil on for any nightly walk.

Rosemary

Mosquitoes are out in full force during summer, but thankfully rosemary can stand the heat. In fact, it prefers it.

And on a random note, I love growing rosemary since it’s so convenient just to grab a few sprigs and throw them into a pan of fried potatoes.

Lemongrass

Being related to citronella, lemongrass can look similar, but it’s actually edible! It can grow pretty tall which can make for a great garden design when planned out.

Mint

I love the fact that so many of these mosquito repellent plants can be put into recipes. And with that note, feel free to grow some mint, put it in some ice tea, and relax on your back porch. Because you know… if you’re growing mint outside, no mosquitoes are going to be bothering you as you chill.

Basil

Now I like this one since it repels mosquitoes and houseflies. Feel free to grow it in a pot inside as well so you can break a few sprigs off every once in awhile for cooking.

Catnip

Catnip contains a strong repellent called nepetalactone, and that makes it a lot stronger than other types of mosquito repellent. So definitely try this one out in your yard.

Petunias

Repelling many different types of bugs, you won’t have any trouble with mosquitoes all summer long if this one’s in your yard and house. Not to mention they’re beautiful, so they make a great centerpiece.


What I love about these plants is that not only do they keep the mosquitoes (and other pests) away, they’re super easy to care for. And almost all of them last all year long, which is very convenient. So try some of these low maintenance plants and let me know what you think!

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Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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