Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes in Wisconsin

We’ve discussed how to not attract mosquitoes and we’ve talked about how to treat mosquito bites, but there is no such thing as being over-prepared when it comes to mosquitoes. No matter what methods you use to hide from mosquitoes they will always be a constant presence but by adding another layer of protection. You can make your yard even more unattractive to them by planting plants that naturally repel mosquitoes.


Lavenderlavender plants

Lavender is known for its intoxicating aroma. But that same smell we love is hated by mosquitoes. The essential oils found in the leaves not only keeps mosquitoes at bay but also hungry garden-destroying rodents like groundhogs and rabbits. Plant lavender in an area with plenty of sunlight, but be cautious where you plant it because lavender can quickly overgrow and become a nuisance.


Citronella Grass

Citronella used as a natural mosquito-repelling plant dates way back to the times of the ancient Romans and Greeks. It has widely been recognized for its mosquito repelling properties and is the main ingredient in many commercial mosquito repellants today. Actually, mosquitoes aren’t repelled by the smell of citronella. The citronella masks the scents that mosquitoes use to hunt us and make us harder for them to “see”. It does well in planters and pots so place a few around your patio or deck.



This aromatic herb may drive cats crazy for it also does a great job of keeping mosquitoes away. Catnip is a member of the mint family and will grow just about anywhere and spread further and further each year if not maintained. 


Marigoldsmarigold flowers

Marigolds are a popular flower to plant in flower beds around the house but the potent scent is a deterrent to mosquitoes. Other insects such as aphids, hornworms, and whiteflies also will stay away from the smell of marigolds. Pyrethrum, a chemical used in many commercial mosquito repellants, is a naturally occurring compound in marigolds. Marigolds are very easy to grow. They demand full sunlight and moderately fertile soil. Plant marigolds around patios, windows, and entrances to your home for added mosquito security.



Rosemary is a great herb to plant for herb enthusiasts as it is an essential ingredient in many dishes around the world. But did you know that rosemary can also double as a mosquito repelling plant? They grow well in small containers and window boxes. Use them as security around your entryways. 



Basil is a favorite kitchen spice that is in almost everyone’s spice cabinet. The strong scent of basil makes our mouths water but makes mosquitoes flee the scene in a hurry. Mix basil in with other mosquito repelling plants like citronella and rosemary. Not only does it boost your protection from mosquitoes but it also creates an alluring aroma around your deck or patio.


Mosquitoes don’t always have to have the upper hand. Plant these mosquito-repelling plants, along with other mosquito control techniques, and you will see a drastic reduction in the number of annoying mosquitoes and mosquito bites.


Call The Mosquito Control Experts

Whether it’s a graduation, wedding, or holiday celebration, don’t let mosquitoes ruin your outdoor summer plans this year. Take control of your yard with mosquito control services from Buzz Off Mosquito Control Solutions

For immediate relief of pests, we offer a variety of pest control services, including mosquito, fly, and flea & tick control services. We provide our mosquito control program to both residential and commercial customers.

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