A wonderful benefit of living in southern California is the utter lack of mosquitos.  Being a transplant here, though, I remember my days growing up in upstate New York, where the mosquitos had air superiority in the summer.

  Here is a list of seven plants that will repel these little devils naturally.

  The list comes from freshorganicgardening.com


Citronella Grass

Citronella is the most common ingredient in making insect repellent, which is why a lot of natural insect repellents that you can find in the market contain citronella oil. This plant is also used for making scented candles and lanterns, their fumes can repel mosquitoes. The plant itself has a strong smell which is good for repelling mosquitoes.

Citronella grass is a perennial plant and grows to a height of up to 6 feet. This can be planted directly in the garden in areas where there is no frost; plant citronella in large pots or planters if you are in a northern climate zone. Plant citronella grass behind small decorative flowers and shrubs in the garden or in patios.


This plant can repel mosquitoes as much as citronellas. It has a strong incense-like odor which confuses the mosquitoes in your garden. Horsemint grows fast and it can grow in a height and width of up to 3 feet. It also grows well in a dry, sandy soil and can tolerate salty conditions. You can plant them in a shaded area in your garden. Sow the seeds directly in the garden in late summer when you are living in a colder climate zone, or sow the seeds indoors and transplant them later on.

The dried leaves of this plant are used to make herbal tea. Horsemint flowers attract bees and butterflies.


Even though marigolds are always present in the garden during summer, most gardeners do not know that these plants can repel mosquitoes. Most gardeners plant marigold to repel pests in the garden. Marigold is a powerful mosquito-repellent plant. Marigolds have a distinct odor that is unbearable to both insects and humans.

These plants can be planted in containers, make sure to place them in an area where you want to get rid of mosquitoes.


Catnips are used as a medicinal herb for ages, and we all know that cats love these plants. One of the good traits that most gardeners do not know is that this plant can repel mosquitoes. The oil that can be found in the leaves is ten times better than DEET when it comes to repelling mosquitoes.

Planting catnip can repel mosquitoes but it can attract cats in the garden.


Basil can give off a scent without crushing the leaves or being physically disturbed. Basil comes with different varieties, but lemon and cinnamon basil have the most power of repelling mosquitoes.

If you don’t want being disturbed by mosquitoes, rub basil leaves on your skin. The oil in the leaves will deter nearby mosquitoes.


Lavender is another plant that repels mosquitoes. A lot of insects including mosquitoes don’t like this plant because of its odor. Aside from being a good mosquito repellent, lavender is an attractive plant especially when it blooms.


The scent of this plant can repel mosquitoes; it emits an odor that mosquitoes don’t like. Coumarin is a compound found in ageratum plants and it is widely used in making mosquito repellents. The ageratum plant can grow from 8 to 18 inches and can do well in full or partial sun. Ageratum has blue, pink, white or violet flowers.


  This list isn't all-inclusive.  There are many other plants that repel mosquitos naturally.  If the list above doesn't appeal to you, ask your local gardener or cooperative extension for other ideas.