Mosquito Repelling Plants

Mosquito Repelling Plants

Here is the list of herbs that keep mosquitoes away. Grow them in your home and garden to keep the space free from these annoying insects!

Herbs that Keep Mosquitoes Away

1. Lemon grass

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus

These plant extracts contain citronellal and geraniol, which are most effective in repelling mosquitoes.

Crush the leaves in your hands and apply the fragrant liquid onto your skin to repel mosquitos.

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2. Lime Basil

Botanical Name: Ocimum americanum

The citrus-like pungent smell of lime basil helps to drive away mosquitoes. You can also use holy basil (Ocimum sanctum).

Burn some lime basil leaves to make your home free from mosquitoes.

3. Rosemary

Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary has an intensely fragrant scent that not only enhances the flavors of foods but also repels pesky insects. Its aromatic foliage and flowers are ideal for keeping bugs away.

Just burn some dried rosemary leaves in your backyard to eliminate mosquitoes.


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4. Lemon Verbena

Botanical Name: Aloysia citrodora

If you want to repel mosquitos, you can place lemon verbena plants near doorways or windows. Their fresh lemony smell is strong enough to drive away mosquitoes.

Crush the leaves of lemon verbena and then rub them to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

5. Pot Marigold

Botanical name: Calendula officinalis

Calendula emits a peculiar scent, which makes mosquitoes repel away from the surroundings. In addition, the pyrethrum compound, used as a mosquito repellent, is present in marigolds.

Place potted marigolds at the entrance point of your home to deter mosquitoes.

6. Lavender

Botanical Name: Lavandula

The lavender contains a compound called linalool, which repels mosquitoes by 93%. The pleasing smell is an added advantage.

Crush lavender flowers and leaves and steep them with coconut oil. Then, apply the mixture to your body. It will moisturize your skin and also protect you from mosquitoes.

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7. Neem Tree

Botanical name: Azadirachta indica

Neem has been used in India for centuries to protect against mosquito bites. A large neem tree can help drive away mosquitoes from the surroundings. Furthermore, burning neem leaves and applying oils made from them have been used for repelling insects since ancient times.

Burn the dried leaves of neem, and the smoke will eliminate insects like mosquitoes and flies. 

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8. Tulsi

Botanical nameOcimum tenuiflorum

A volatile compound, Taragoan present Tulsi helps to repel nasty mosquitoes. The leaves are already used in tea for their many health benefits and can be used against mosquitoes too. Keeping the tulsi plant near the windows and door will keep mosquitoes from entering your house.

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9. Geranium

Botanical name: Pelargonium

Geranium has a lemony fragrance that is great for warding off mosquitoes inside the house. According to a study, geraniums can repel mosquitoes around a ten square feet area, proving that it is one of the best mosquito repelling plants.

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10. Mint

Botanical name: Mentha

Mint is another nontoxic way to keep mosquitoes away. Just crush the leaves and rub them onto your skin to avoid mosquito bites.


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Happy Gardening!

Dr. Vandana K.