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Repelling Mosquitoes With Plants

There is a long list of insects that should be welcome into your garden due to the benefits they offer.  However, there is also a list of insects that provide no benefits—and on that list are mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are not only little pests, but they are known to cause more deaths each year, an estimated 70,000 people, than any other animal taxonomy.  Their primary drive is to feed on the blood of their hosts, including humans, and as a result, spread a multitude of diseases from host to host.

These diseases can include such life-threatening pathogens as malaria, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, and many others spread through the bite of mosquitoes.  Research has learned that when it comes to their snack preferences in humans, they prefer those with type O blood, those who are heavy breathers, and those women who are pregnant.

However, there are methods, such as various plants, that work to keep the mosquitoes at bay and prevent them from getting into your face and your personal space.  Below you will find a curated list of those plants that have proven mosquito repelling properties.

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Lavender & Marigolds

The fragrance from these flowering plants is great at deterring mosquitoes.  Not only do both plants present with gorgeous blooms, but they can easily be grown in pots.

Citronella

This fragrance is one that many have already heard of, as it is usually available in the form of a candle.  The plant, along with others in the lemon class, works to repel mosquitoes efficiently.

Rosemary, Basil, and Sage

These three kitchen herbs have a long history of repelling not only mosquitoes but other pests as well.  All three thrive planted in containers or directly into the ground.

Bee Balm

A plant that is known to be pollinator-friendly will keep mosquitoes away.  To take advantage of the repellant oils, simply crush the leaves to release them.