Mosquito Repelling Plants

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner.  With warmer temperatures come those pesky mosquitos.

While using commercial bug sprays can help keep mosquitos away they have chemicals that can be harmful to people and the environment.  Adding plants that repel mosquitos is a natural way to keep those blood suckers at bay.  Many of these plants also repel other insects.  They can be planted in areas where you're most active such as near windows, doors, close to sitting areas, near a garden or they can be potted so you can easilt move them around.  Some plants not only keep insects away they have a very appealing smell to humans.

Here is a list of the top plants to keep mosquitos and other insects away:

Basil * Flies

Bee Balm 

Catnip ** Termites and cockroaches

Citronella **Flies

* Floss Flower ** Flies, deer, rabbit

Garlic **Aphids, ants

Lavender **Moths, fleas, flies, spiders

Lemon Balm **Fleas

Lemon Grass (not safe for pregnant women or new mothers) **Flies

Marigold **Deer, rabbits

Peppermint **Spiders

Rosemary **Vegetable bugs, flies

Sage **Ticks

Scented Geranium ** Flies

Pennyroyal **Flies, fleas 

*Not safe for skin.

**Other insects it repels.

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