5 plants that naturally repel mosquitoes

Keep those itchy bites at bay. – by Rebecca Lowrey Boyd

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s time to think about getting your outdoor space ready for entertaining.

The only problem is that dining alfresco can reduce many of us to a mozzie-bitten itching mess.

Before you reach for a chemical spray, surround yourself with plants that naturally repel mosquitoes.

1. Basil


What’s not to love about basil? Whether you’re making a pesto or a pizza, basil can add a delicious zing to Italian food. Best of all, mosquitos will be repelled by the scent so you can enjoy your meals bite-free.

2. Peppermint


Research has shown that peppermint oil repels mosquitoes. You can easily grow peppermint in a pot. Keep it happy with lots of sun and regular watering. And when it’s not keeping mozzies at bay, you can use the leaves to brew up a pot of refreshing peppermint tea.

3. Lavender


Mosquitos hate the smell of lavender, so it’s a good excuse to grow it in abundance. Either in a pot or flower bed, lavender loves full sun and needs to be watered once or twice a week.

4. Catnip


Keep a pot of catnip around. Your furbaby will love it, but mosquitoes will not. Catnip loves a lot of sun and well-drained soil, so make sure your pot drains freely and easily.

5. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm

Another fragrant plant, lemon balm will help to keep mozzies at bay. Best contained in a pot, it loves plenty of sun and regular watering.

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Published by Nelle

I am interested in writing short stories for my pleasure and my family's but although I have published four family books I will not go down that path again but still want what I write out there so I will see how this goes

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