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5 Plants That Help Repel Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are the worst.

They can ruin any good time you’re trying to have in your backyard.

Birthday parties, cookouts, and even regular yard work can quickly go downhill once mosquitoes appear.

In addition to being a nuisance, they come with various health concerns.

Diseases like West Nile, Zika, and malaria are too familiar for comfort, so an effective mosquito control plan is essential.

Not only does it make for more enjoyable outdoor time, but it will also help keep your family safe.

Mosquito control in Atlanta is easier than it seems, especially not with Mr. Mister.

Our ClearZone misting treatment keeps mosquitoes away for up to 21 days.

It’s also biodegradable and leaves no harmful residue on leaves or grass.

But there are other measures you can take to prevent your yard from becoming infested with mosquitoes, starting with your landscape management plan.

Certain plants are natural mosquito repellents, and they can all be easily included in the landscaping for your Atlanta property.

Below are five plants that will help fend off mosquitoes.

Use These 5 Plants To Help Repel Mosquitoes In Your Yard

Lemon balm

Lemon Balm is in the mint family, so in addition to giving off a hint of mint when you rub or brush up against it, they also emit a pleasant lemony smell.

And mosquitoes hate it.

A relatively resilient plant, lemon balm is easy to maintain.

It can withstand mild winters and jumps back to life after trimming it a little.

Keep this in mind.

However, these plants can be invasive.


Another distant relative of mint is Catnip, whose natural chemical nepetalactone at once attracts cats and repels mosquitoes.

Considered a low perennial, Catnip grows with loose branches and can be planted in small containers on or around your back deck or patio.

Goodbye, mosquitoes. Hello, cats!


Who doesn’t love the smell (and taste) of basil?

Answer: mosquitoes! Basil harms mosquito larvae, so you’ll want to plant it near any water source, like a pond or stream.

There are different types of basil, such as spicy globe basil, sweet basil, and Thai basil. So, besides fending off mosquitoes, you can plant a variety to have a full range of flavors at your fingertips.



Technically named Citrosum and commonly called the “mosquito plant,” Citronella helps mask natural chemicals humans emit that attract insects.

Not only does this plant help with mosquito control, but it can also be used as an excellent border plant in flower beds.


Lavender seems to be the ”renaissance plant.’ It’s beautiful (see Southern France), emits a lovely fragrance, and helps with mosquito control.

For Lavender to be most effective, however, you’ll need to rub some of it on your skin.

While these plants alone won’t eliminate all mosquitoes, they will undoubtedly help control them.

Plus, they will look lovely in your yard.

For a complete mosquito control plan, contact Mr. Mister, and we will help ensure your yard doesn’t become infested with mosquitoes.


In conclusion, mosquitoes can quickly turn any enjoyable outdoor activity into a frustrating experience.

Not only are they a nuisance, but they also pose health risks due to the diseases they carry.

Implementing an effective mosquito control plan is crucial to protect your family and maximize your time outdoors.

Mr. Mister offers the ClearZone misting treatment, which provides up to 21 days of mosquito-free yard.

Additionally, incorporating mosquito-repellent plants into your landscape management plan can help keep these pests at bay.

Add lemon balm, Catnip, basil, Citronella, and Lavender to your yard for natural mosquito control. Remember, while these plants can aid in mosquito prevention, seeking comprehensive mosquito control solutions for optimal results is advisable.

Contact Mr. Mister for expert assistance in ensuring your yard remains mosquito-free.


How long does Mr. Mister’s Clear Zone misting treatment keep mosquitoes away?

The Clear Zone misting treatment provided by Mr. Mister keeps mosquitoes away for up to 21 days.

Is the ClearZone misting treatment safe for my family and pets?

Yes, the ClearZone misting treatment is safe for your family and pets. It is biodegradable and leaves no harmful residue on leaves or grass.

Can I use the mosquito-repellent plants mentioned in my indoor garden?

You can use the mosquito-repellent plants mentioned, such as lemon balm, Catnip, basil, Citronella, and Lavender, in your indoor garden. They can help repel mosquitoes indoors as well.

Are there any specific care instructions for lemon balm, Catnip, basil, Citronella, and lavender plants?

Each plant has its care requirements. Lemon balm and Catnip are relatively easy to maintain, while basil benefits from planting near water sources. Citronella can be used as a border plant, and Lavender may require rubbing on the skin for maximum effectiveness. It’s recommended to research specific care instructions for each plant.

Can I find these mosquito-repellent plants at local nurseries or garden centers?

You can typically find these mosquito-repellent plants at local nurseries or garden centers. They are popular choices and should be available for purchase.

Do I need to plant many of these plants to see effective mosquito control?

While planting a larger quantity of these mosquito-repellent plants can enhance their effectiveness, even a few well-placed plants can contribute to mosquito control. It’s recommended to have multiple plants distributed throughout your yard for optimal results.

Besides mosquito control, do these plants have any other benefits?

Yes, these plants have additional benefits. Lemon balm, Catnip, basil, Citronella, and lavender offer pleasant fragrances; some can be used for culinary purposes. They also attract beneficial insects and add aesthetic appeal to your yard or garden.

Can I use citronella candles or torches in addition to planting citronella plants?

Using citronella candles or torches alongside planting citronella plants can provide additional mosquito control. Citronella candles and torches release the scent of citronella oil, which repels mosquitoes.

How frequently should I apply the ClearZone misting treatment to maintain mosquito control?

To maintain mosquito control, it’s recommended to apply the ClearZone misting treatment every 21 days. This will ensure continuous protection against mosquitoes.

Are there any other measures I should take to prevent mosquito infestation in my yard?

In addition to using mosquito-repellent plants and treatments, other measures to prevent mosquito infestation include:

  • Eliminating standing water sources.
  • Maintaining gutters and drainage systems.
  • Keeping your yard tidy by removing potential mosquito breeding sites.

Can I still have water features, such as ponds or fountains, in my yard if I want to control mosquitoes?

You can still have water features in your yard while controlling mosquitoes. To prevent mosquito breeding, use products like larvicides or install circulation systems to keep the water moving. Adding mosquito-eating fish, such as goldfish, can also help control mosquito larvae.

5 Plants That Help Repel Mosquitoes

Are there any specific varieties of basil or Lavender that are more effective in repelling mosquitoes?

While all varieties of basil and Lavender possess mosquito-repellent properties, some people find that certain types, such as lemon basil or French Lavender, are particularly effective. Experimenting with different varieties can help determine which ones work best for your specific mosquito control needs.

Can I use essential oils derived from these plants as mosquito repellent?

You can use essential oils derived from lemon balm, Catnip, basil, Citronella, and Lavender as natural mosquito repellents. Dilute the oils and apply them to your skin or use them in DIY repellent sprays. However, it’s essential to follow proper usage guidelines and perform a mark test before applying to larger areas of skin.

Are these mosquito-repellent plants suitable for all regions and climates?

While these mosquito-repellent plants are generally effective in repelling mosquitoes, their suitability may vary depending on the region and climate. It’s advisable to research the compatibility of these plants with your local conditions or consult with local gardening experts.

What other services does Mr. Mister offer for comprehensive mosquito control?

In addition to the ClearZone misting treatment, Mr. Mister offers various mosquito control services, including mosquito barrier sprays, automated misting systems, and special event sprays. These services are designed to provide comprehensive and long-term mosquito control solutions tailored to your specific needs.

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