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12 Mosquito And Fly Repellent Plants You Can Grow Easily

Gardens are meant to be used for relaxing and fine evenings – they have the ability to cherish all those who sit in the garden. However, one thing that bothers and spoils the garden chilling time is the buzzing sound of flies and mosquitoes. It is irritating to death – especially, the mosquito bite burns the skin and causes an itching for a longer time period. It is not possible for you to cover yourself all the time while sitting in the garden, neither liquid repellent is the solution. So, what about having mosquito and fly repellent plants; they will help you get the best garden experience as there would be no more bites and buzzing.

You must be thinking what plants repel mosquitoes and flies. Do not worry; here is good information about famous and easy to grow plants that repel flies and mosquitoes. All those herbs, plants and shrubs that contain natural oils are considered the best mosquito repellent. Also here you can find more ways to get rid of flies with homemade fruit fly traps.

Listed are 12 mosquito and fly repellent plants that can cater your need to the fullest and without bothering you much.

1: Lemon Balm:

It is also popularly known as Horsemint – due to its strong smell it has the ability to keep the insects and mosquitoes away. It is very much similar to a famous plant called Citronella grass. Do not worry; you will not lose the butterflies and other birds due to it. This kind of plant grows effectively and requires lesser care, so you can handle easily too.

Lemon balm

2: Marigolds:

Have you ever thought that the most popular flowerbed ingredient can be a natural mosquito repellent too? The marigold, which you plant during the summer and spring, can help you at best. However, many yet do not know that it kills the mosquitoes and related unwanted bugs. You can keep them in all those areas, which are prone to mosquitoes. You may also like to check out homemade tick repellents.

marigold calendula1

3: Catnip:

It is a medicinal herb, and the fact remains unknown to many. Although a cat loves them; but for mosquitoes, it’s their community murderer. The oil that the plant contains is said to have 10 times stronger ability to kill bugs than a normal ‘DEET’. It acts as finest natural insects repellent and tries to keep the garden free from intruders. You can put the catnip in the deck or patio, but it might be a symbol to attract neighboring felines. You may also like to check out homemade pesticides.


4: Citronella Grass

It is one of the ingredients that all the commercial DEETs and mosquito repellents have as necessity. Why not grow some in your garden for feasibility proposes? This would keep on repelling flies and insects easily – make sure you keep the pots in colder places. Citronella grass is sensitive to colder climatic conditions.

Citronella Grass1

5: Basil

Worried how to repel mosquitoes naturally? Simply get your garden area some pots of basil, and you are done. It belongs to the family of powerful, pungent herbs that can perfect companions to keep the bugs away. You may also like to check out diy Screened In Porch to keep away from bugs.


6: Rosemary

It is also a herb that contains wonderful properties to keep mosquitoes away, forever. It is simple to plant as well. The woody smell keeps all the unwanted flies away that’s why farmers love planting in their fields too.

Rosemary indoor

7: Thyme

This container herb is a powerful mosquito repellent and works better than any DEET. It has a longer life, so you do not have to be bothered even.



Although most varieties of Eucalyptus don’t stand in a temperature lower than 27 Fahrenheit but it’s effective for keeping the mosquitoes away from your home and garden.


9: Lavender

Lavender oil is another important item used to make commercial mosquito repellents and DEETs. The fact is that all the bugs, flies and related beings cannot stand any kind of strong smell, so Lavender works best in this respect. Keep it in a pot as it has a longer life.


10: Peppermint:

As the name suggests, the plant due to strong scent does not let mosquitoes and other insects stay in the garden space. It is basically a hybrid of water mint and spearmint – its fresh look and pleasant appearance can enhance the beauty of your garden to many folds.


11: Garlic

Garlic is popularly known for its therapeutic properties – it is also a wonderful anti-bacterial. If you do not know, plant some garlic plants in your garden so that you can get rid of mosquitoes naturally. It has other health benefits too – so, it is certainly a good deal.

planting garlic

12: Tea tree

Other than a bunch of health benefits, tea tree does not let mosquitoes live too. The oil has a strong smell that mosquitoes tend to run away easily. Tea tree is also effective for those who have been bitten by mosquitoes or going through related allergies.
You can plant all, or some of these wonderful and easy to handle plants in your garden area so that mosquitoes forget the way to your home. You may also like to check out getting rid of snails and slugs.

Tea tree

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  1. Do you mean French marigolds or true marigold (calendula)? I had heard that calendula (true marigold) kept all sorts of bugs at bay, but your picture is of a French marigold. I like to spray with pepper and garlic to keep skeeters out of the garden. Have you tried that?

    • I Meant calendula(true marigold) that is used by gardeners and homeowners as a companion plant and because of its natural insect repellent qualities.You right,that pic was of french marigold,I’ve replaced it.Garlic is more effective at repelling some species of mosquito than others. Strong smell of garlic overwhelms the mosquito’s sense of smell and prevents them from finding their prey. Many of the commercial preparations available include a number of different repellent ingredients but garlic is among them.Spraying garlic liquid on your skin also keeps mosquitoes away in addition to Eating garlic which may also give you some mild protection, both from the odor on your breath as well as sulfur compounds that you emit through your skin when you eat garlic.Black pepper is also helpful to keep them away.

  2. Tina Goodall Evetts

    Thank you for this information. I have to say the flies spoil my enjoyment at home in the garden and also along with mosquitoes while touring. I’m thinking of ways I can take a few pots with us in the motorhome so we can sit outside in the evenings free of flying insects.

  3. Thank you for your helpful information. The mosquitoes make being outside so unpleasant.I also have animals… Are these plants safe for my dogs?

  4. i think this would help us a lot thanks

  5. Great informatuon. Thank you.

  6. Thanks so much for this. I will “as-if-Subscribe” to this, your page. Great information. God’s best 2 U N yours!

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