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1) Rosemary
Rosemary herb contains oil which acts as a natural mosquito repellent. Rosemary plant grows up to 4-5 feet tall and contains blue flowers. Rosemary plant grows best in warm weather. In winter, this plant can not survive and want warm shelter. So grow rosemary in a pot and shift it indoors in winter. Rosemary is also used in cooking for seasoning. To control mosquitoes in warmer months put the rosemary plant pot in the yard.


2) Citronella Grass, Citronella Balm
(we also carry citronella scented geraniums).
Citronella is excellent for controlling mosquitoes. Citronella grass also has anti-fungal properties.


3) Marigold
Marigolds have peculiar odor that many insects, humans and animals dislike. Marigolds grow up to 6 inches to 3 feet high. They are grown near vegetables as they also repel aphids and other insects. Marigolds blossom in different colors ranging from yellow to dark orange and red flowers. They are sun-loving plant and its growth will delay if it is planted in the shade. To control mosquitoes, grow marigold plants in the yard, porch pots and in gardens.


4) Catnip
Catnip is an herb which is connected to the mint family. It is recently declared as mosquito repellent. As per latest study, it is 10 fold more effective compared to DEET. Catnip is a perennial plant which grows up to 3 feet high if planted in a sunny or partial shade area. Catnip has white or lavender flowers. To control mosquitoes and other insects, grow catnip near the backyard or deck.


5) Ageratum
Ageratum plant is another mosquito repellent plant. This plant has pale blue and white flowers which generate Coumarin. Coumarin has the horrible smell which repels mosquitoes. Coumarin is generally used in commercial mosquito repellents and perfume industry. Never rub ageratum on skin as it contains other less desirable elements which the skin doesn’t want. Ageratum grows in full or partial sun and blooms throughout summer.


6) Lavender
Lavender is a wonderful plant that repels mosquito. Lavender plant is fairly easy to grow as it needs less care. It grows up to 4 feet high and needs sunny climate. To make chemical free mosquito solution, mix lavender essential oil in water and apply directly to the skin. To control mosquito, keep the lavender plant pots around seating areas. To keep the mosquitoes at bay, you can also apply lavender essential oil on neck, wrists and ankles.


7) Basil
Basil is also a mosquito repellant plant. Basil is among the herbs which emit its aroma without crushing it. To control mosquitoes, grow basil in pots and put in your backyard. To keep the mosquitoes at bay, rub a handful of crushed basil leaves on skin. Basil is also used for flavoring the food. You can use any variety of basil to control mosquitoes.


8) Lemon balm, Lemon Grass
Lemon balm also keeps the mosquitoes at bay. Lemon balm plant grows fast and it requires room to spread. Lemon balm leaves contain citronellal compounds in rich amount. Citronellal is used in several commercial mosquito repellants. There is up to 38% citronella contained in some varieties of lemon balm. To control mosquitoes, grow lemon balm in your yard. To keep mosquitoes at bay, you can also rub lemon balm crushed leaves on the skin.


9) Bay Leaf, Bay Laurel
You can grow bay outside in the summer but you will need to bring it indoors during the winter months.


10) Sweet Woodruff

Sweet Woodruff is a lower growing carpet like perennial that has lovely white flower in spring. Grows in Partial sun.

 


 



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