8 Plants That Work to Repel Mosquitos in Your Backyard


Lavender, which is already well-liked for its lovely scent and adaptability in baking, cooking, and mixology (not to mention that it attracts pollinators), gains additional benefit: it keeps mosquitoes away. 


Mint is another plant with almost infinite use. It comes in a variety of forms to suit your tastes, and all of them will keep mosquitoes away. Mint is a low-maintenance, nearly indestructible herb that works well for both pest control and flavoring additions to beverages.


This woody, fragrant herb is a favorite among many gardeners because it can grow enormously in outdoor gardens and offer an incredible touch to various recipes. Mosquitoes and other bothersome insects, such as cabbage moths, are put off by its fragrance.

Bee Balm

You may be surprised to hear that this perennial plant, which is well-known for drawing pollinators like butterflies and bees, has the opposite impact on mosquitoes and other bothersome insects. However, with bee balm (Monarda spp.), it is the case.


Allium, commonly referred to as attractive onions, are perennial bulbs that smell like garlic, onions, and chives, all of which belong to the same family. Allium is one of the rare few plants that deters mosquitoes only by virtue of existing in the garden. 

American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana is a little shrub that blends into the landscape, but its vivid magenta berry clusters make up for its unattractive tiny white flowers. The Lamiaceae family, which comprises a variety of mints, includes beautyberry plants. 


Catnip benefits your feline friends in ways beyond simple amusement. Although it works equally as effectively as other mint kinds as a pest deterrent, this member of the mint family has a somewhat different appearance and scent!


Cymbopogon citratus's natural oils have an amazing ability to smell just like actual lemons. Lemongrass is a grassy herb that smells strongly of citrus and is abundant. It is noted for having a higher concentration of citronelal, an oil that repels insects.