12 Plants and Herbs That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

Because a lavender plant smells a whole lot nicer than a bottle of bug spray.

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Because a lavender plant smells a whole lot nicer than a bottle of bug spray. But keep in mind: To achieve the maximum benefits of these plants, in most cases, the leaves need to be crushed up and rubbed on your skin! Also check out these DIY bug sprays and natural bug repellents for more ideas.

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Citronella Geranium

Not all geraniums will repel mosquitoes, but this particular kind (formally known as Pelargonium citrosum), which produces and smells like a citronella oil, can ward off bugs.

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Floss Flower

While they're not the most powerful repellent, these purple beauties (Ageratum houstounianum) produce an aroma mosquitoes aren't fond of, according to . Butterflies and hummingbirds, however, love their fragrant blooms.

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Citronella

, essential oils and extracts from Cintronella plants are so effective at keeping mosquitos away that they're now a go-to ingredient for many commercial repellents.

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Peppermint

This member of the mint family boasts health benefits, a lovely smell, and its oils can

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Lemon Balm

The strong lemon scent of this plant contains high levels of the bug-repelling compound—but in a more appetizing way. (It's an invasive species, however, so be careful when growing it.)

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Lavender

It may sound hard to believe since the scent is so heavenly to us humans, but mosquitoes can't stand the smell of this herb. Keep bugs at bay by planting the lavandin variety, which has a . Bonus: It also keeps moths and flies away!

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Catnip

Cats may love it, but mosquitoes . Related to mint, it contains a chemical called nepetalactone, that's both a feline attractant and an insect repellant.

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Basil

Placing a pot of basil on your picnic table is helpful for giving your food a flavorful update—but it will also keep the bugs away, since it's one of the few plants that offer a strong bug-repelling scent without . A showed that basil essential oil is toxic to mosquito larvae.

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Mint

Mint leaves can aid in keeping mosquitoes away. Bonus: Mint essential oils can also help .

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Citrosum

Also known as "Mosquito Repellant Plant," this perennial is heavily marketed as a useful insect repellant. While some research suggests that this plant may at , it can't hurt to plant some near your porch, right?

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Sage

Gathering around the bonfire to roast some s'mores? You might want to toss a little sage into the fire—the scented smoke will keep those pesky critters away. (Rosemary works, too.)

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Marigolds

Not only do they look pretty, these colorful and heady flowers also repel insects, since they contain pyrethrum, an ingredient found in .

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