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7 Mosquito-Repelling Plants to Add to Your Garden This Spring

Ah, it’s that time of year again! Spring is the season of new life and new beauty—oh, and lots of pests. The south is expecting a very wet and warm spring season, which means the pest pressure is on. One of the most dreaded types of spring and summer pests is mosquitoes. These insects are just about the most annoying pests, constantly whirring past our ears and leaving unbearably itchy bites on our bodies.

If you’re tired of these nuisance pests ruining your time spent outside in your yard, it’s time to take action. Luckily, there is a way to naturally repel mosquitoes while also enhancing the look of your garden! Continue reading to discover which plants you can add to your garden this spring to reduce mosquito populations in your yard.

  1. Lemongrass

Mosquitoes hate the strong lemon fragrance and taste of lemongrass, making it the perfect addition to your garden. As its name suggests, this plant looks like a tall clump of grass. The blades grow upwards and arch over, giving this plant a fountain-like look. Use lemongrass to make a yummy Thai green curry, add a delicious aroma and a pop of green to your garden, and keep the mosquitoes away.

  1. Citronella

Known as the mosquito plant, citronella is a small shrub with a strong mosquito-repelling fragrance that grows quickly and adds beautiful, thick, green foliage to your yard. Thanks to their small size, these plants can be kept wherever you want such as in a container on your deck, in your home, or planted in your garden.

  1. Lavender

Who doesn’t love the incredible scent of lavender? If you don’t already have this shrub in your garden, it’s time to change that. Not only does lavender provide a gorgeous burst of purple to your garden each spring, but it also keeps mosquitoes away.

  1. Rosemary

Rosemary adds pretty purple flowers to your garden during spring, is a very popular herb in the kitchen, and can be pruned into various fun shapes and sizes. In addition, the woody scent of rosemary is great for deterring mosquitoes and other insects.

  1. Marigolds

Add a pop of yellow, gold, white, or orange to your garden by planting some marigolds. These flowers are beautiful and give off a fragrance that keeps mosquitoes away.

  1. Basil

Another herb that doubles as a mosquito repellant, basil is a great addition to any garden. Plant your basil in a sunny spot and use the leaves to add delicious flavor to your Italian dishes and keep pests at bay.

  1. Scented Geraniums

With a very similar lemon fragrance to citronella and lemongrass, lemon scented geraniums are another plant used to repel mosquitoes. Lime, orange, and peppermint scented geraniums also produce strong fragrances that can protect your yard from mosquitoes.

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