Best Mosquito Repelling Plants

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By Jessica Santos

Nothing ruins a camping trip like mosquitoes. Their buzzing is a nuisance and those itchy little bites can drive you crazy. Most campers plan ahead for this by bringing a bug repellant spray or sticking close to the fire at dusk, but sometimes it’s not enough. If you’re concerned about the chemicals lurking in bug spray or want protection while on the move, there are natural alternatives for keeping the mosquitoes at bay.

ProFlowers has researched the Best Mosquito Repelling Plants. These plants are fragrant enough to mask the scents that attract mosquitoes, such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.

These are the top plants to bring along on your next camping trip.

 

Sage

Sage is great for repelling mosquitoes. You can dab it on your skin as an oil, or toss some in the fire to keep the bugs at bay. Sage also repels ticks, which are common in shady areas and among tall grasses.

 

Rosemary

You can also add rosemary to your campfire to fend off mosquitoes. It has an aroma that is pleasant to humans, but uninteresting to mosquitoes and pesky flies. Rosemary also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, which is an awesome bonus!

 

Pennyroyal

When you’re on the move hiking through the woods, crush up some pennyroyal and keep it in your pockets. It’s minty smell wards off mosquitoes, flies, and fleas! Keep in mind that pennyroyal is considered toxic for pregnant women and infants.

 

Peppermint

Peppermint oil helps repel mosquitoes, but it also acts as a quick fix for itchy bites. It is a natural insecticide that will kill mosquito larvae.

 

Lavender

Lavender and bugs do not mix. Its sweet smell repels mosquitoes, fleas, flies, moths, and spiders. Keep some nearby on your next trip as the ultimate insect shield.

 

Citronella

Citronella is the holy grail in mosquito repellants. It’s easy to find citronella in oils, candles, and natural repellant sprays. It will block any scents that attract mosquitoes and keep them far away from you.

 

Check out this comprehensive infographic on all the best mosquito repelling plants:

list of plants that repel mosquitoes
Infographic courtesy of Proflowers

 

Consider bringing along one of these plants on your next camping trip. You will definitely notice a lack of unwelcome, six-legged guests.

And while we are talking about annoying insects, flies are also a major unwanted pest. If you find you have a problem with these buzzing around you, then check out this great post on 15 Natural Fly Repellent: Tips and Recipes.

 

Guest Author at

Jessica is a content marketer for ProFlowers with a passion for writing and storytelling. She loves diving deep into a diverse array of topics and she’s written on everything from self-love, decor trends, seasonal flowers and everything in between! When she’s not writing, you can find her visiting community festivals and trying out the latest foodie trends.

32 thoughts on “Best Mosquito Repelling Plants

  • October 4, 2018 at 9:23 am
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    Some awesome natural options to get rid of mosquitos! I knew that lavender was a good option but didn’t realize there were so many other ways to get rid of them too. Loved your infographic too. This was very educational.

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  • October 4, 2018 at 9:00 am
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    I agree with you that many plants repel mosquitoes and it is better to use them instead of chemical repellants. As they are aromatic herbs, the air surrounding us is also full of nice aroma. Though some of these herbs are not available in India or other Asian countries but in our local places we burn Margosa(NEEM) leaves to keep the mosquitoes away.

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  • October 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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    mosquitos are so bad in our area. I need to get a bunch of these because I need them gone!

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  • October 2, 2018 at 3:49 pm
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    I’m allergic to sage, but I’ll look into pennyroyal as an option. Mosquitoes can really ruin an otherwise fun hiking trip.

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  • October 2, 2018 at 5:28 am
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    I’ve known about citronella for years now. I didn’t know about a number of the others, particularly the lavender.

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  • October 2, 2018 at 3:59 am
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    I would love to use these tips in my own garden. It is nice to have natural repellant for sitting outside at night.

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  • October 1, 2018 at 8:22 pm
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    Oooooo this is so helpful!!!! I hate mosquitoes. Most annoying bugs on the planet. Definitely need a few of these plants for my back yard

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  • October 1, 2018 at 4:16 pm
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    Thanks for this list. I have citronella plants but I would love to have some lavender too. I did not know about some of these plants’ insect repelling properties. This is very good information to have!

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  • October 1, 2018 at 1:06 am
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    Great list! I wish I had this information at the beginning of the summer this year. They were so bad this year! But I’m definitely saving for next year! Thanks!

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  • October 1, 2018 at 12:50 am
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    These are great tips! I live in the south where the mosquitos can get intense! I have several of these in pots on my back porch!!

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  • September 30, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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    Regardless of a camping trip or just being out in nature, mosquitoes ruin everything! Lol! Thanks for the tips.

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  • September 30, 2018 at 5:15 pm
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    I never realized how many plants deterred mosquitoes! I definitely need to put a few of these around my yard!

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  • September 30, 2018 at 5:09 pm
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    Even though I don’t really go camping that much, these are still great tips for when you’re planning to spend time outside for a prolonged period. I didn’t know most of these plants could be used to fend off mosquitoes.

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  • September 30, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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    This is very informative! I am from Finland even though I live in California now. Finland must have the biggest and nastiest mosquitos in the world. However, these plants are not very common for people to grow there. Maybe they should try though. They would go very well on summer cottages and campgrounds. Thanks for the tips!

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  • September 30, 2018 at 1:28 pm
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    This is great to know – I’m going to try some of these next summer… we’ve got a huge deck & pool people & get the yard sprayed, burn citronella, use repellant spray etc. & they still find some of us!

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  • September 30, 2018 at 12:19 pm
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    This is such a wonderful listing of mosquito repelling plants. I was not aware of so many options to avoid getting bitten. Thanks for the tips.

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  • September 30, 2018 at 11:37 am
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    I have tried lemon grass as a skin repellent and it works pretty well. Lavender next to the house is also a great idea to avoid insects flying in.

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  • September 30, 2018 at 10:24 am
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    This is such a fantastic post! Living in Spain, when I take my dog to the field, I get bitten alive (although I’m one of the lucky ones and bites don’t bother me) and I worry about my dog. I can’t start planting these plants in the local fields (haha!) but I will definitely be bookmarking this post for when I have a garden (hopefully very soon!). Thank you 🙂

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  • September 30, 2018 at 10:02 am
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    What a helpful post about a problem that is so generic and must be looked into when outdoors. Some of these natural remedies and repellents is a great way to go. Never thought Lavender was a repellent as well. Another unknown yet helpful one is garlic! Thanks for sharing.

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  • September 30, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    This is the perfect post for me Nicole, as I always get eaten alive by mosquitoes! In Italy we have plenty of sage, rosemary and basil, so I’m so happy to know there are natural remedies I can use to ward them off. Citronella sounds lovely too; will be looking to get some.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 4:59 pm
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    Thanks a lot for sharing this list, mosquitoes are definitely a big problem when you are camping. I was not aware of some plants suggested here that can be used as mosquito repellent although I was aware of their other qualities.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 12:38 pm
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    We have been getting hit with rain lately. And the mosquitos are out in force!! I will have to plant some of these around the house!

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  • September 29, 2018 at 8:52 am
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    It’s been a particularly bad year for mosquitos around here. Knowing I can keep them at bay more naturally is reassuring. I’ll try plants next time I’m going to spend a bit of time outdoors.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 7:26 am
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    I hate mosquitos but for some reason they love me! Thanks for these tips to banish them

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  • September 29, 2018 at 5:28 am
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    Wait, this is so cool! I didn’t know so many plants repelled mosquitos! I’m saving this for next summer, we get the worst mosquitos here!

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  • September 29, 2018 at 4:22 am
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    So cool! I didn’t know that plants could repel mosquitoes!

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  • September 29, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    These are all great mosquito repellent plants. We used to have some on our back deck (catnip) but didn’t take it with us when we moved. I’m thinking of planting lemon grass next!

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  • September 28, 2018 at 8:05 pm
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    This is an awesome post for anyone looking forward to camping during mosquito season! Mosquitoes are a common problem everywhere for outdoor camping. The infographic here is very useful.

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  • September 28, 2018 at 7:23 pm
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    Wait I had NO idea plants could help repel mosquitoes! This is life changing. I need to plant some in my garden. I always keep peppermint oil with me, now I will apply even more.
    And this infographic is out of this world!

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  • September 28, 2018 at 4:53 pm
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    OMG they are so bad right now for us. We need to keep this in mind for next spring!

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  • September 28, 2018 at 12:08 pm
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    I knew lavender was good for repelling them, but didn’t realize there were so many other options! I want to plant a whole yard of garlic!

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