Mosquitoes are horrible things! They may be a yummy treat for birds and bats, but personally I don’t want them hanging around my garden. Neither do I want to smell of those stinky spray-on replants!
It turns out that mosquitoes, along with many biting insects, are attracted to certain odors in human skin. There are several plants with strong scents that we find pleasant, which you can use to help mask your own smell and keep nearby mosquitoes at a distance.
You can’t just plant them and be done, the aroma needs to be in the air around you, at the very least, and ideally on your skin. To get the maximum effect, crush herb leaves in your hands to release their perfume, and then rub the leaves and their oils over your skin. Here are eight herbs that work great and can be kept in pots on a porch, near a door, or anywhere else you plan on sitting outside.
This member of the mint family has white flowers and a gentle lemony scent, as well as some healing properties. It’s particularly good at keeping biting insects away, but it’s also an invasive species, so please keep it in a pot!
This beautiful, potent, and lovely-smelling flower not only repels mosquitoes but keeps moths and flies away. The flower’s perfume is well-known, and while it will scent the air, it’s still most effective when actually rubbed on skin.
As a plant, Moroccan Mint is sometimes used as an insect repellent, and its essential oil has been shown to keep away the adults and kill the larvae of several species.
If you’re planning to gather around a fire, try burning a little rosemary. The incense this plant give off when they burn not only smells good but is unpleasant enough to the little critters that it’ll keep them away—as long as you’re near the smoke.
You are able to buy all of these plants on our website, click on the title to be taken though to the correct page. Prices range from £1.75 to £12.95.