Choosing Plants that Will Repel Mosquitos

Jun 30, 2021 | Lawn Care Tips


The temperatures are rising in Texas, which means soon we will be inundated with mosquitos. Even if you keep your outdoor space free of stagnant water and beautifully manicured, these pests always seem to show up.  Luckily, some plants will be beautiful additions to your current space and will also keep the mosquitos away.


If your yard has full sun and great drainage, lavender is a great option!  Lavender contains essential oils that smell amazing, and it just so happens that the scent hinders the mosquito’s ability to smell so you’re less likely to get bit!  The good news?  Lavender is drought resistant, thriving in warmer climates.


Marigolds are a great addition to the pots around your outdoor living spaces.  Not only are they beautiful, adding color and texture, but their smell also deters mosquitos. Even better, marigolds deter aphids, thrips, whiteflies, squash bugs, and tomato hornworms.

Citronella Grass

Citronella candles are a well-known deterrent for mosquitos, but did you know that you can plant the grass and gt the same effect?  Citronella grass, also called lemongrass, is great at keeping these biting pests away.  It is a low-maintenance plant that can be kept in pots or planted directly in the ground in warmer climates.


Most of us think of catnip just concerning the enjoyment our cats may get from it, but it is also a great deterrent for mosquitos.  It is easy to take care of and was found by Iowa State University to be 10 times more effective at repelling insects than DEET.  It is part of the mint family, so it will also add some fragrance to your outdoor space.


Rosemary is likely something you associate more with cooking than insect repellant, yet both the New York Botanical Garden and PlantShed recommend planting rosemary to ward off insects.  The woody scent of rosemary is what drives a wide variety of insects away. The good news is that it does well in most climates and can make a beautiful border.  Even better?  When you need fresh rosemary for a recipe you’ll have it on hand!

Archer Services Can Landscape with Pest Control In Mind

Are you ready to enjoy your outdoor space without being bothered by mosquitos and other pests?  Archer Servies can work with you to create a plan that will incorporate these plants as well as others that will both protect and beautify your space.  Contact us today to schedule a time when we can meet to discuss your pest-free outdoor space! We look forward to working with you!



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