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Mosquito Repellent Plants

If you read "the why" on our website, you know that spraying is really, really, really, really bad for pollinators. But if you are like me, the mosquitoes are always after you for a little snack. So what to do?


First, buy an amazing outdoor fan - mosquitoes are very poor flyers are deterred by a simple breeze. Second, get rid of standing water and plants like ivy that trap it. Third, plant some plants that mosquitoes hate (details below). Fourth, crush some of those leaves, spread them around, even throw them in the fire pit when you are outside. If you have kids, tell them to make a "soup" with all your herbs and spread it everywhere. This keeps them busy, win-win.

Garden plants that have strong scents can camouflage the scents that mosquitoes use to target their victims, confusing bugs and protecting us from bites. To get the strongest scent, you will need to crush or burn these herbs. This is great for the herbs, which need regular cutting back to thrive.


The top herbs that have scientific evidence for deterring mosquitoes are: lemongrass, lemon balm, bee balm and lemon thyme. Other scented herbs, including rosemary, lavender, basil, sage, and mint may also help deter these pests. Head on over to our shop to get these now.

bee balm
Lemon Thyme
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