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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 show up. In addition to being a nuisance, they also come with all sorts of health concerns.

Diseases like West Nile, Zika, and malaria are a little too common among them for comfort, which is why having an effective mosquito control plan in place is essential. Not only does it make for more pleasurable outdoor time, but it will help keep your family safe as well.

Mosquito control in Atlanta isn’t as difficult as 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.

There are certain plants that 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 rather resilient plant, lemon balm is fairly easy to maintain. It can withstand mild winters, and jumps back to life after trimming it a little. Keep in mind, however, these plants can be a bit 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 easily 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 is harmful to mosquito larvae, so you’ll want to plant it near any water sources that might be on your property, like a pond or stream.

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


Technically named Citrosum, and commonly referred to as the “mosquito plant,” Citronella helps mask natural chemicals humans emit that attract all sorts of insects.

Not only does this plant help with mosquito control, it can be used as a great border plant in flower beds.


Lavender seems to be the ‘renaissance plant.’ It’s beautiful (see Southern France), emits a lovely fragrance, and, yes, 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 get rid of all mosquitoes, they will certainly help in controlling them. Plus, they will look nice in your yard.

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

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