If you want to keep the critters at bay, here’s a list of what to plant to deter mosquitoes…
As the heat from summer days stretches over into the evenings, it would be lovely to lounge outdoors and leave the windows open – if only it weren’t for the mosquitoes.
Fortunately, a good form of natural mosquito control can be grown in your garden and includes the following plants:
Lavender – Known for its soothing fragrance, there’s nothing inviting about it for mosquitoes. In fact, it is supposed to hinder a mosquito’s ability to smell. Lavender grows beautifully in South African soil.
Citronella grass – You may have used citronella candles before, but you can also use the plant. It produces a strong aroma which masks surrounding scents, preventing mosquitoes from being attracted to things close by. You can either plant it in pots or in a garden bed. You can even crush the plant and put it on your skin to fend off the mosquitoes.
Lemon balm – A member of the mint family, this plant has a strong lemon scent when leaves are crushed which you can use on your skin to repel mosquitoes. It can also be used in teas, sauces, and desserts.
Basil – Not only used in fresh food dishes, but basil also gives off an aroma that mosquitoes cannot bear. Keep multiple pots outside.
Marigolds – Marigolds contain pyrethrum – a natural insecticide – which is found in many insect repellents. Mosquitoes and other bugs and insects find it repulsive.