Tired of Those Pesky Mosquitoes? Scare Them Away with These Tried-and-True Plants

There are some individuals who have this quite ‘classical’ view that those annoying creatures called mosquitoes are afraid of nothing and no-one. I used to belong to that group myself ever since I knew what that whining and buzzing sound in my ears meant. Then I went to live with my aunt. She was born a gardener, no kidding. From her, I learnt the Achilles heel of those disease-carrying noisy parasites. Yeah, as you must have finally realized, I intensely dislike mosquitoes. So when I learnt the secrets of banishing them from my perimeter of existence, my oh my, what a find!

It really is simple. Those annoying things hate pleasant smells. Gee, I wonder why I’m not surprised. They obviously love sweat and other yucky body secretions, so if you plant a flower with a great fragrance and certain malaria-repellent properties, you’ve hit the jackpot.

So, if like me, you are strongly anti-‘mosquito’ish (yeah, I just coined that), you would enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it. If you are on the fence, still come along for the ride. I promise to make you a believer or spend the rest of my days trying.

  • Lavender

Everyone, including our opponent ‘The Mosquito’ knows the lavender flower has a very lovely scent: good for Team Human, bad for Team Mosquito. Planting lavender in your garden or in pots beside your doors and windows is a surefire way to send those tiny invaders packing. There has been great speculation that the oil in the leaves responsible for the flower’s awesome smell can practically lay a mosquito’s acute senses to waste, turning them into actual flying zombies. Some anti-mosquito writers also suggest rubbing the oil on your skin for even better results. I say, why not?!

Beautiful lavender flowers in my flower garden, lavender - close up
The mosquito’s definition of beautiful yet deadly | Credits: Flower Meaning (flowermeaning.com)
  • Basil

The basil has a very sharp smell that all herb gardeners are familiar with. It repels all sorts of insects, and fortunately, the mosquito is not the exception to the rule. Any type of basil can and will do the job, but for even more effective results, use either the lemon basil or the cinnamon basil. They have an even stronger scent than their other basil cousins.

  • Marigolds

The smell of marigolds make them a prime candidate in our mosquito-repellent quest. Just like the lavender, they can be planted in your garden or grown as potted plants and placed at entry points such as doors and windows.

Mosquitoes sure don’t appreciate this beauty | Credits: Pixabay (pixabay.com)
  • Rosemary 

The rosemary plant comes in handy for seasoning your favorite dishes, serves as a great decoration option, and is a solid ammunition in the great war against mosquitoes. If you are having a little bonfire night outdoors and you don’t want your guests finding excuses to leave your house before they get bitten to death by those little party crashers, toss some rosemary into the fire. The incense smell would send every mosquito with a desire to see the next day running for its life. 

  • Lemon balm

The lemon balm gives a minty fresh smell which make mosquitoes want to throw up. It also has great healing properties. However, it is invasive: it doesn’t stop growing and spreading. So, do not grow the lemon balm plants in your garden. They are best used as potted plants in waging the scare-all-mosquitoes-away war.

Yes, so I have a very vivid imagination. But can you blame me? No, don’t answer that. Seriously though, mosquitoes are not nice. They are unapologetic bloodsuckers, parasites to the ecosystem, carriers of very deadly diseases and huge noisemakers. I really don’t see what’s to like about them. If you do, please let us know (with solid evidence) and we would take down this post immediately. Till then, having these 5 plants in your garden would ensure those pesky mosquitoes stay far, far away.

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22 thoughts on “Tired of Those Pesky Mosquitoes? Scare Them Away with These Tried-and-True Plants

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  3. This is a great post so, thank you so much for linking! I hate mosquitoes too and always get bitten on holiday. We don’t tend to have so many in England as it’s too cold but each year I’m there with lots of bites! I’ve tried everything and now use a product with lavender in it interestingly! I have many of these plants in my garden except marigolds so may try these as they also keep other pests away from my vegetables. Thanks again. I will put this on Twitter a few times (I saw you found me, thanks!) and onto my Facebook page. #MyGloriousGardens.

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    1. No mosquitoes? The people of Donegal are blessed beyond measure. Now, I wish I live in Donegal. Thanks for appreciating the post. We hope you visit us again soon.


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  6. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written much better! Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I will send this post to him. Fairly certain he’s going to have a good read. Thanks for sharing!


    1. I’m glad the article was helpful. Welcome to the #AntiMosquitoTeam. If you do try out any of these ideas, we would love to get a feedback from you.


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