Everything you need to know about mosquito repelling plants

You may have read our previous article regarding plants and herbs that can repel mosquitoes naturally. In case you have missed it, you can read it here. We have discussed 21 plants and we hope you have now selected the most suitable plants to be grown in your garden.

From this article, we are trying to make your life much easier by answering to most asked questions about mosquito repelling plants. It will help and guide you to select the most appropriate plants and herbs for you.

What fragrance do mosquitoes hate the most?

The fragrance of Citronella, Catnip, Bee Balm, Marigold, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, works great in repelling mosquitoes. It has also proven that the fragrance of those plants can overwhelm mosquitoes’ smelling power.  

What are the best indoor plants that can repel mosquitos?

Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Marigolds, Basil, Lemongrass, Citronella, Catnip, Mint, and Lavender are few plants that can be grown indoors. You will have to pot them and take them inside. Always make sure the plants are getting the required amount of light and temperature as any of these plants cannot live indoors for a long period. Read this article on how you can arrange light for indoor plants.

Plants like Lemon Balm Rosemary, Basil, Catnip, and Mint fit well in small vases, pots, or containers, making them easy to handle. Especially, these plants require lesser maintenance and care.

You can use hanging pots to grow Marigolds as the flowers can add more aesthetic.

Lemon Grass and Citronella are plants that grow bit aggressively. Therefore, it is always better to grow in large pots.

These plants will somehow help you to repel mosquitoes and add beauty and calming fragrance inside the house.

What are the easily grown plants that can repel mosquitos?

Citronella, Catnip, Bee Balm, Marigold, Lavender, Floss flower Pennyroyal, Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Eucalyptus, Chrysanthemum, Scented Geranium, Petunias, Snowbrush require minimum maintenance. So, you can easily grow them in your yard.

What are the plants that produce ornamental flowers while repelling mosquitoes?

Bee Balm, Marigold, Lavender, Floss Flowers, Pennyroyal, Allium, Scented Geranium, Alliums, Chrysanthemum, Petunias produce gorgeous blooms which can make your yard more attractive. Also, most of them attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, hummingbirds..

What are the herbs that can repel mosquitos?

Rosemary, Sage, Catnip, Peppermint, Basil, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lemon balm, Garlic, Lemon thyme (Thymus × Citriodorus) are the herbs that can repel mosquitoes. In addition to that, you can use most of them to flavor soup, tea, meat, and many dishes.

What are the mosquito repelling plants that can survive in warm climates?

Citronella, Bee Balm, Marigold, Lavender, Floss flower, Pennyroyal, Basil, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Chrysanthemum, Petunias, Snowbrush are capable of surviving well in warm climates even under full sun.

However, Eucalyptus and Bee Balm are known to be the drought-tolerant.

What are the winter resistant plants that can repel mosquitos?

Floss flower, Sage, Scented Geranium can survive in the winter season as well.

What are the plants that you can rub crushed leaves or flowers to repel mosquitos?

Crushing the foliage or flowers of Citronella, Lavender, Basil, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Lemon thyme (Thymus × Citriodorus) will unleash its essential oils. Then you can apply it on your uncovered skin to get more protection from mosquitoes.

Make sure that you refrain from applying crushed stems or leaves of Pennyroyal, Tansy, and Floss flower on the skin as it can be toxic and allergic to some people.

If you are having an outside fire, try tossing some crushed leaves of Rosemary or Sage into the fire. When it burning, it will emit its woody scent and deter mosquitoes.

What are the plants that produce effective essential oil to repel mosquitos?

The essential oil extracted from Citronella, Lavender, and Tea tree are proved to be mosquito repellents. For best results dilute some of these oils in olive oil. Also, mixing a few essential oils together will give the best results.

Cinnamon Oil, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, Catnip oil also have some sort of mosquito-repelling ability.

In addition, Peppermint essential oil is a known remedy for mosquito bites.

Pennyroyal oil is a proven mosquito repellent and used as an ingredient in some insect repellents as well. However, it should be used specifically under the instructions of an expert as it is extremely toxic[1].

Which plants have the chemical compounds found in commercial mosquito repellents?

Citronella is an ingredient in many mosquito repellents and available in the forms of scented candles, essential oil, torches, incense sticks as well.

Catnip contains nepetalactone, a chemical which is well known as a strong mosquito repellent. According to the American Chemical Society, nepetalactone is 10 times effective than DEET which is a common ingredient in most mosquito repellents.

Floss flower contains coumarin which is a chemical used in commercial mosquito repellants.

Dried Chrysanthemum flowers are the main source of manufacturing natural Pyrethrum which is a primary ingredient in most all-natural insecticides. Marigolds also contain Pyrethrum and used as an ingredient in insect repellents. [2][3]

Which mosquito repelling plants better to contain in a pot?

Bee Balm, Catnip, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Tansy are fast-growing, invasive plants. Hence better to grow it in a contained environment to control the growth.

Always plant Citronella, Bee Balm, Basil, Rosemary, Lemon Balm in containers and keep them inside to protect them during winters as they are not frost-tolerant.

Pennyroyal, Floss flower, Chrysanthemum, Tansy are identified as toxic or maybe fatal on some occasions. Therefore, make sure that you plant them in pots and keep them away from kids and pets.

Plant Lemongrass in large containers to facilitate a healthy root system and to get a good harvest.

Summing things up….

We hope that this article has answered most of the questions you had regarding mosquito repelling plants.

As per some sources, these plants will not just repel mosquitoes by their existence. You will have to crush or break the leaves, branches, or flowers to unleash the essential oils to repel mosquitoes. Rubbing crushed leaves will repel mosquitoes for a while. However, these plants will somehow help you to repel mosquitoes and add beauty and calming fragrance inside the house as well as to your garden.

Don’t forget to read our previous articles as well for more exciting information. If you have any other questions, please let us know in the comment section and we will answer them in our best capacity.

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