9 Common (and Useful!) Plants That Help Keep Your Backyard Mosquito Free

These plants do double duty in the kitchen and your yard.

Spending time outdoors in the nice weather is a favourite thing to do. However, with outdoor time comes those buzzing and biting insects. If you have ever been sitting out in the garden or on the patio, you have probably been bitten once or twice many times by mosquitos, and then spend days itching those bites.

There are so many different ways to repel these insects. Why use chemicals and sprays when you can grow our own pest-repelling plants and make oils using the leaves and stems? Not only do some plants repel against certain insects, but some also repel larger, more pesky pests like rabbits, squirrels, mice and moles that like digging holes in your yard and gardens.

The next time you are sitting outside getting bitten by mosquitoes, remember this list of mosquito-repelling plants and add some to your garden. Most are plants you may already be growing or thinking about planting - for  your own herb garden!

  • Basil
  • Lemon grass
  • Lavender
  • Garlic
  • Lemon balm
  • Lemon thyme
  • Lime basil
  • Rosemary
  • Stone root

Not enough options? Check out this list of 31 mosquito repelling plants.

Live in an apartment? Try these bug-be-gones:

helps repel ants, flea beetle, weevils, and cockroaches

helps repel roaches, ants, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, and bedbugs (beware: they're toxic to cats)

Have your own garden? 

Keep pests big and small out with these handy plants:

Citronella grass - helps repels insects and may keep cats out of your garden.

Coriander - helps repel potato beetles and spider mites.

Crown imperial - helps repel rabbits, mice, moles, squirrels.

Fennel - helps repel slugs and snails.

Oregano - repellent to many pests.

Venus flytrap - eats insects.

Garlic - helps repel carrot flies, codling moth, snails, root maggots, and rabbits.

Lavender - repels moths, fleas, and flies, also helps with cats and squirrels

Onion - repels rabbits. (As much as we think squirrels and rabbits are cute, they are far from cute when they damage or ruin your hard work in the garden.)

Check here for more pest-repelling plants.

Previously published at Mama Bear's Haven.

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Mama Bear (Tammy) resides in Toronto with her husband Grizzly (Chris) and their 6-year old daughter Baby Bear (Madisen). They spend time venturing around the city, with a camera in tow to capture all those special moments and memories. Find her at Mama Bear's Haven.