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8 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

July 28, 2015

Summer is here, and that means it’s mosquito season! Those pesky little insects can ruin your summer evening with mosquito bites, and your whole week with the itch they leave. If mosquitoes are a frequent problem in your yard, you may take extreme measures to get rid of them, such as dousing yourself in bug spray before you step foot outside.

Magical Pest has an easier and greener way to keep mosquitoes away from your yard. If you have a bit of a green thumb, you’ll be able to keep mosquitoes away with these 9 plants that repel mosquitoes. Below are 8 plants that keep mosquitoes away.

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Basil Leaves

Basil is a round but pointed herb that you can put in little pots around your yard to repel mosquitoes. Since basil can be smelled without crushing its leaves, you can leave basil as it is and it will have the same mosquito repellent effect. Best of all, having fresh basil at your disposal is great for cooking!


Citrosa, also referred to as the “mosquito plant”, has a citrusy smell, which helps to repels mosquitoes. Similar to basil, citrosa does not need to be crushed for it to repel mosquitoes, and should be planted around patios to keep mosquitoes away.

Common Lantana

Common lantana is not only a plant that repels mosquitoes, but it will attract beautiful butterflies with its colourful mix or red, orange, and yellow petals. Common lantanas can grow up to 6 feet, but are overall fairly easy to care for.

Lemon Grass

Lemon grass is often used in tropical climates to repel mosquitoes, but it can still be used in Canada. Lemon grass is an excellent example of a plant that repels mosquitoes because it contains citronella, a natural potent insect repellent that is frequently used in bug repellents, sprays and candles. Like the common lantana plant, it can grow up to 6 feet. Fever grass is usually planted near walkways and around patios since its abundance acts like a fence and provides privacy all while it keeps mosquitoes away.


Lavender is extremely easy to plant and will leave a fragrant scent in your garden, along with repelling mosquitoes. If you don’t want to plant lavender, you can apply some lavender oil directly to your skin as that can also help repel mosquitoes.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a calming herb that will repel mosquitoes. However, lemon balm is known to attract bees. If you’re worried about bringing bees into your yard, you may want to grow another plant. But if you’re a gardener who wants bees to help your garden flourish with pollinators, this plant will be a nice addition to your yard. To repel mosquitoes, the leaves must be crushed and spread around.

Lemon Thyme

Lemon thyme is similar to lemon balm because it is a plant that repels mosquitoes when its leaves are crushed and dispersed, and it also attracts bees. Lemon thyme is often used in many dishes, especially chicken or desserts, so it’s great to have around if you’re a culinary wiz.

Lime Basil

Lime basil is a sweet herb with a citrusy flavour, often used in chicken and fish dishes. It’s also a great plant to repel mosquitoes. When its leaves are crushed, this plant keeps mosquitoes away and releases a sweet, citrusy smell.

If mosquitoes seem to be pestering your family, try planting or crushing the leaves of these plants that keep mosquitoes away!

If mosquitoes have taken over your yard and are ruining your summer outdoor activities, contact Magical Pest Control. We are happy to answer any questions you have about mosquitoes, and help you remove any problem insects from your yard. Call us at (905) 738-6676 or fill out our contact form.

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