Plants are incredibly powerful and can be used in countless ways in all areas of life. Planting one or more of the plants listed below around your house could not only make a beautiful landscape, but they could also keep mosquitoes and fleas far away.

5 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes and Fleas

  1. Lemon Balm
    This plant repels mosquitoes by giving off a strong, incense-like odour, similar to citronella grass. Drinking lemon balm tea also has amazing benefits for healthy skin and a healthy digestive system.
  2. Marigolds
    Many gardeners use marigolds in their veggie gardens to repel other insects, but as a mosquito repellent, marigolds are powerful. Plant marigolds in containers as you normally would, but then place the containers anywhere in the garden where you want a mosquito-free zone. Potted marigolds can also be positioned near entrances to your home and any common mosquito entry points, such as open windows.
  3. Basil
    Basil is very easy to grow and mosquitoes hate smell.  Not only is basal delicious, it also protects you from unwanted pests. For a quick, natural insect repellent in the garden, take a few basil leaves and rub them on your skin. The oils will repel any nearby mosquito that may be around.
  4. Lavender
    Mosquitoes and many other insects don’t like the smell of lavender. This makes lavender a perfect addition to any garden, especially considering how beautiful this plant is when it blooms.
  5. Peppermint
    Biting bugs don’t like the scent of peppermint. You can crush up the leaves and rub it on your skin to ward them off as well as planting them around your garden to keep away other pests. Peppermint also can also act as itch relief if a bite does slip in.

Bonus: Here are three ways to use the plants and herbs listed above to help keep mosquitoes away.

  1. Plants them around your house or garden.
  2. Look for these plants in the wild when you are hiking/camping to surround yourself with for mosquito and flea protection.
  3. Pick these herbs and plants and rub them on your body for natural, effective bug protection.