Buzz Buzz Buzz! Naturally, everyone gets fed up with the buzzing sound of the mosquito in their ears. Although the noise appears because of their wings beating, you wish to avoid it anyway and slap this annoying creature. Their presence often seems irritating among us all. 

But let’s not lose hope. Let us take you to the plant world, where you could grab the information concerning the plants that repel the mosquitoes away, and you will be free from this pesky living insect. 

Following a comprehensive list reveals the plants that ward off the mosquitoes described briefly.

Table of Contents

1. Geranium

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Geranium plant is an attractive plant that loves to grow in sunny temperatures. Unfortunately, when it comes to the name of mosquitoes, they are not well preferred. Geranium possesses geraniol, a citrusy smell hated by mosquitoes. 

The amount of geraniol varies according to the species. You could grow the Geranium outdoors primarily in the summer months since they are sun-loving and act as a mosquito repellent plant. 

2. Wormwood plant

Wormwood plant
Wormwood plant| Image Credit – Flickr

Wormwood, as favored by the term “Afsantin,” has been wormwood plants used as a mosquito repelling plant. This could be one of the best plants that fit to ward off the mosquito’s presence. 

It does a very fantastic job of confusing the mosquitoes. It is suggested to plant the wormwood plant in those regions which receive the full sunlight. Make sure not to rub the wormwood’s bark against your bare skin. 

3. Allium

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Allium is primarily used to deter away from the mosquito. The bulb of this plant that hails garlic and onions releases a type of solid fragrance that the mosquitos repel. 

Allium blossoms are globe-shaped flowers that seem likely to float the long slender stems. Naturally, the bulbs have a very scent smell which has assisted in controlling the mosquitoes’ presence. 

Allium plants tend to reach around six feet and maybe more. Thus, it seems substantial to plant the Allium in a wide area having larger open spaces. 

Being closer to them aids adequately to chase the mosquitoes naturally. Hats off to those who identified this plant as a mosquito deterring plant. 

4. Lavender

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Won’t you prefer a plant that repels away the insects but provides pleasure for the humans? Without worry, the lavender plant could be one of your primary choices when you wish to wade away the mosquitoes from your surroundings. It is the plant that comprises pinene. 

The linalool, spicy terpene alcohol contributes significantly to warding off the mosquitoes. Even though other compounds associated with the lavender pinene and linalool hold the highest role, those who grow this plant could be perfect in the well-drained soil. 

Lavender flowering occurs during the first year. The leaves of this plant possess oil-like flowers. 

The lavender plant usually favors intense sunlight and good drainage soil. It prefers to develop in less water. The colossal cause behind repelling of the mosquito by the lavender plant is its fragrance. 

The fragrance of the lavender obstructs the capability of the mosquito to detect the carbon dioxide level that the people exhale.  

5. Marigold 

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The species of marigold known as Calendula officinalis possess essential oil which shoos the mosquitoes. Marigold is generally preferred for aesthetic purposes. 

Astoundingly, it has been of significant importance as a mosquito repellant. According to the study conducted by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and the Iranian Society of Medical Entomology, this marigold species works like a DEET (N, N- diethyl-meta-toluamide) but only for roughly 2 hours. 

First, it is recommended to grow the marigold seeds and build up a marigold barrier around your yards to deter the mosquito. 

Additionally, it holds the ingredients known as Pyrethrum, a chemical possessing a unique aroma that aids in repulsing the mosquitoes.  

Many recommend planting the marigold with other homemade vegetables since they serve as the protective mechanism from the havoc-wreaking insects. 

6. Rosemary

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When the term Rosemary comes to the chef, they are known for using it as a herb in food products. The chefs use it to favor the fish and the lamb dishes. But the plant Rosemary does serve as another task, i.e., repelling the mosquitoes. 

The presence of rosemary acid in this plant species could deter the mosquitoes that eradicate the annoying buzz sound to the people. 

It could be grown in the containers and even hanging around the windows so that the mosquitoes could go away from a distance. 

You could easily deter the mosquito’s presence by boiling some of the dried rosemary leaves in the water. And can be used as a spray to repel the mosquitoes in your yard. 

7. Basil

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Basil has been in use for long years as a mosquito deterrent. Since it possesses a pretty strong scent, the mosquitoes wards away from this plant, you could plant this species in your backyards which even enhances the flavor of the other species. 

To make the natural mosquito repellent spray from this plant, you could initially take around 100 grams of fresh basil leaves and pour a half cup of boiling water in the leaves with half a cup of vodka. You could mix it thoroughly and spray it in the outdoor area to deter the mosquito.  

It has abundant distribution throughout India, which the households plant near outside of the verandah or the porch. It will be best if the basil plant receives good sunlight and enough water to keep the soil damp every time. 

8. Eucalyptus

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In most regions, it is planted as an ornamental plant. But importantly, it serves as the mosquito repellant plant. Eucalyptus acts as a weed in the Gulf Coast of the southern United States and Australia. 

To avoid the mosquito buzzing sound, which may irritate you, you could plant it in a pot, primarily in temperate regions. Because of the presence of pinene and limonene, mosquitoes move away. 

9. Catnip

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Catnip holds the Family Feline. Because of essential oil known as nepetalactone in catnip, it looks pretty effective in deterring mosquitoes. The fragrance of nepetalactone is likely from citrus plants. 

It is known to be more effective; instead, the DEET for a prolonged period. The plants are very tall in growth.

Catnip can repel the mosquito since they trigger a chemical receptor and cause the mosquito to either pain or itch. 

The term “Catnip” is embedded because the cats are highly attracted to this plant, contrary to the mosquitoes. The simple act is to crush the leaves and apply them to your body to release the oil. 

Most people prefer to plant in their yards since it does not require special care and attention. 

Keep this plant away from the vegetables because it may attract the cats and affect the other plants’ growth and development. 

A fascinating trait that this plant hails is that it is roughly ten times more potent in wading away from the mosquitoes than other plants. 

10. Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm | Image Credit – Wikimedia Commons

Lemon Balm hails the lovely white flowers, which brightens its appearance. It is inferred as the best mosquito repellent plant which holds rosmarinic acid, citronellol, and geraniol. It is very convenient to grow the plant. 

The plant is invasive when the tiny black seeds are permitted to mix in the lawn and then sprout. Therefore, those who use this plant for warding off the mosquito should be very careful since it serves as an invasion. 

Additionally, it is of utmost necessity to check the plant spreading scale timely in your garden bed since it could mess up the garden once the plant initiates to invade. 

11. Pennyroyal

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It is inferred as one of the mint species. Since this plant secrets oil, it may release toxic substances when the oil is either accidentally consumed or absorbed in the skin. In contrast, thanks to Pennyroyal, which acts as a mosquito repellent at bay. 

It is primarily applicable in the seating place. Most people will crush its leaves and keep them in their pocket because the pungent odor of the Pennyroyal repels the mosquito from its way. 

12. Peppermint

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The peppermint oil has a vital contribution in repelling the mosquitoes at bay. Mercifully, it assists in providing relief to those who feel discomfort with the mosquito bites. It’s worth mentioning that this plant requires timely monitoring. 

Since it invades the garden, restricting other plants’ growth thus, suggested checking on time. It prefers damp soil and is very safe for the skin. The height of this plant is from 1 to 3 feet.

Peppermint has been used extensively in gum, toothpaste, and drinks. To protect yourself from this blood-sucking creature, you csn crush the mint leaves as per your need and rub them on your body. 

It is better recommended to plant the species in a separate flower bed and keep it closer to other plants because it proliferates and keeps the mosquitoes away. 

Fortunately, the homemade repellents extracted and prepared from the peppermint leaves are regarded as very powerful and revealed to kill even the larvae of specific bugs and other insects. 

13. Floss flower

Floss flower
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This plant species has been massively used as a mosquito repellent plant. Because the plant contains a particular chemical often inferred by the term coumarin, it assists in getting rid of the mosquitoes. They appear in pink, white, blue, and purple color, readily available in the bouquet. 

The height of this plant ranges from 0.5 to 2 feet. Floss flowers are not considered safe for the skin since they could result in allergic reactions once exposed to the skin. Most troublingly, it may be toxic to the grazing animals. 

Thus, before keeping it as a mosquito repellant plant, it’s highly suggested to take safety precautions. 

14. American beautyberry

American beautyberry
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American beautyberry is favored highly to ward off the mosquito. It is a native species to the southern region of the United States. The berry plant is utilized for making wine and jelly. 

Its leaves contain a specific chemical compound known by the term callicarpenal, which hugely aids in keeping the mosquitoes away. 

Several mosquito sprays manufactured from the American beautyberry have attracted millions of customers on the international level. 

15. Bee Balm

Bee Balm
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Bee balm is a perennial plant species. It is commonly inferred by the name of wild bergamot and horsemint. The term “Bee Balm” is enough to understand that it attracts bees. 

But wait, it not only attracts the pollinators; instead deters the mosquito’s presence. Most importantly, it is pretty safe for the skin, serving as an oil. Extreme sunlight and the well-drained soil condition are substantial for this plant’s effective growth. 

You can crush the leaves and rub in your exposed body parts to extract the oil.

16. Lemon Thyme

 Lemon Thyme
Lemon Thyme | Image Credit – Wikimedia Commons

The lemon thyme comprises a fresh citrus scent belonging to the citrus family. The citrus fragrance seems fruitful to chase away the mosquitoes, which annoys people. 

It acts as a beautiful herb garden. When its leaves are picked up and are rubbed against the skin, it undoubtedly makes you get rid of the buzzing sound of mosquitoes so far.

Crushed-up lemon thyme is revealed to have a strength of roughly 60 % of DEET, which looks like powerful stuff. Notably, it needs to be reapplied regularly. 

It requires ample space for better growth and properly flourishing the leaves. The better flourishing of the plant’s leaf aids in smelling its fragrance to the larger spaces. 

Significantly, only the smell of lemon thyme is not enough to wade away the mosquitoes on your patio. For this, you can crush a few plant leaves around the evening so that it will with no doubt serve a natural mosquito repellent in your yards. 

17. Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is one of the mosquito repellant plants. Because of the high content of geraniol and citral, it deters the mosquitoes. It too holds some citronellol besides limonene and linalool. 

Because of its wide distribution and growth in damp climates, most people often grow it in their gardens to eliminate mosquitoes and its annoying sound. Notably, the plant’s clumps require division because of the larger size. 

Safe handling of these plants is imperative since it may cause skin irritations to some people. The lemon grass plant requires open space and lush sunlight to flourish. 

The citrus smell of this plant not only deters the mosquitoes, in fact but also kills the mosquito’s larvae.

18. Sage

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Sage plants have been widely applicable in terms of spiritual cleansing and burning. The excellent approach to get rid away from the mosquito is to burn the sages. You can throw the plant into the fire pit of the yard. 

Since it represents a pleasant aroma, the mosquitoes repel from the sage plant. It has been used as a mosquito deterrent plant over the years. It requires full sun for growth and is safe for the skin. 

Thanks to those who recognize it as a mosquito repelling plant.

Wrap up

Everyone loves the outdoors. But because of the buzzing sound of blood-sucking creatures around the garden bed or backyard, everyone gets irritated. 

Why invest heavily in pesticides to repel away from the mosquitoes when natural and perfect mosquito repelling plants are available for us within our surroundings? 

Let’s think a bit about it. So you could try your best to use these plants to ward off the mosquitoes from your surroundings and the backyard. Let’s promote those plants and keep your body safe and healthy.  

(Last Updated on April 15, 2022 by Sadrish Dabadi)

Kalpana Ghimire holds a post-graduate degree in Environmental Science from Nepal. She possesses numerous research experiences working in water pollution, community forestry, environment conservation status, and wildlife ecology. She was an internee in the Department of Environment (EIA monitoring and auditing section) under the Government of Nepal. Kalpana Ghimire is an avid traveler, an enthusiastic wildlife researcher, and has a huge passion for working in the environment sector. She loves far traveling to the natural areas, conducting field wildlife research and reading the novels.