Do Mosquitoes Love To Feast On You? Plant These Plants To Keep Them Away

Mosquitoes are the most dangerous creature in the world, and they kill tens of millions of people each year with mosquito-borne diseases, such as encephalitis, yellow fever, and filariasis. Mosquitoes seem to like some people more than others and if they have chosen you to feast on, there are things you can do to keep them away. One thing is planting the below plants in your yard where you generally frequent, such as near a patio or a porch.

Artemisia absinthian (Wormwood)

Wormwood is a perennial plant that has silvery foliage. It grows best in a shady area in your yard, but can handle some sunlight, such as in the morning hours. This plant has a pungent odor that mosquitoes want to stay away from.  You can enjoy blooms from early summer through late fall.

Tagetes (Marigold)

The marigold flowers can be found in garden centers as soon as the blooming season begins. They will bloom throughout the growing season in shades of orange, yellow, or red. You can plant marigolds near plants in your yard that have insect problems. Marigolds will also keep mosquitoes away. This is because they give off a very pungent smell. These flowers grow best when planted in full sun.

Cymbopogon flexosus (Lemongrass)

Lemongrass cannot grow well in hard, freezing temperatures, but if you live in the southern states, it will grow well for you. This is a perennial plant that grows best in full sun and they love well-draining, rich soil. When you plant one plant, it will propagate and before you know it you will have a lot of lemongrass in your yard. Mosquitoes do not like lemongrass because they have a strong citrus smell. You can also use lemongrass in many other ways.

Nepeta cataria (Catnip)

Most insect repellents have an ingredient called DEET; that is what repels mosquitoes. Researchers have found that catnip is approximately ten times more effective than DEET, however. This is because this plant has an essential oil that gives off an odor mosquitoes do not like.  This plant can be invasive, however, so make sure you only plant one or two of them.

Pelargonium (Scented Geraniums)

Scented geraniums have beautiful blooms in shades of pink, white, red, and purple. They have a strong scent that smells much like lemon. They grow quickly in dry, sunny, warm environments. This flower will bloom from spring through your first frost. If you live in a northern state, you can plant the scented geranium in containers so you can take them inside during the winter months.

If you continue to have problems with mosquitoes in your yard, contact a pest control company to get rid of them for you.