Mosquitos go hand in hand with warm weather, unfortunately. They show up uninvited, making a nuisance of themselves, inflicting discomfort on their innocent victims. Keeping them away from yourself, your guests and your children becomes a high priority, especially with the continued rise in mosquito-borne illnesses.
Warding them off doesn’t have to involve dangerous chemicals or a tacky-looking bug zapper, though. The following 11 plants are specimens to add to your garden or flowerbeds to repel mosquitos naturally. As an extra bonus, many of them have other household or culinary uses too.
Most people are familiar with citronella and know that it’s a common ingredient in mosquito-repelling products. What they aren’t aware of is that citronella is a beautiful perennial grass that grows in clumps 5 to 6 feet tall and emits a strong aroma. It is easy to grow and the scent is more powerful than manufactured repellents, making it an effective plant to add to the yard to keep mosquitoes at bay.