Flowers and Bushes that Assist in the Fight Against Mosquitoes

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With summer comes one bad thing.....mosquitoes! Oh I hate that annoying buzzing at your ear and the horrible itching at night.

There are seven plants that you can add to your patio to keep your guests and you more comfortable without applying layers of chemicals to your skin.




Rabbits and insects won't even destroy this plant in your garden. And is there anything prettier than multiply lavender plants in bloom. Place them in varied height pots for a stunning eye catching look on your patio.







Marigolds are hardy and can make great borders or you can even add them to your vegetable garden.



Citronella Grass   

Citronella has a distinct smell and there is a reason most patio candles are citronella. It is the most effective at repelling pests. This plant is low maintenance and does best in pots as it cannot withstand frost.






DEET is the chemical most commonly found in insect repellent but catnip was found to be 10 times more effective than DEET in a study at Iowa State University. It did not state if your yard would be filled with the neighborhood cats getting tipsy. :)



Rosemary and Basil  


These herbs are great repellents and plant extra so you can use them in your summer recipes.



Scented Geraniums



The favored scent seems to be lemon which is similar to Citronella Grass. These fast growing, plants have beautiful blooms and have a strong fragrance that keeps pests away.



When it's time for planting season don't forget to mix in an abundance of this plants for a natural deterrent to a mosquito problem.



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Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
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I will have to look for citronella grass as I had no idea it existed. I would love to put a few pots of that around my patio. I have only ever used the citronella geraniums. 

Apr 17, 2019 10:28 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Shar- I love lavender so will look for some pots for our patio!!

Apr 17, 2019 01:10 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


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Apr 17, 2019 05:10 PM #3
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Shar,  Thanks for the information on great plants to have around the yard.  I think I'll be looking to add some of these around here.

Apr 17, 2019 07:33 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's valuable information to know.  The mosquitos are out in force, and they always seem to like me best.

Apr 20, 2019 01:10 AM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Shar Sitter what a great post for the upcoming season of mosquitoes....thanks for the valuable information....

Apr 20, 2019 03:33 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Shar. I have it all in my garden so these are great tips. Waiting on new lavender.

Apr 20, 2019 03:51 AM #7
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

This is great information - I'm going to bookmark it and refer to it again!

Apr 20, 2019 03:52 AM #8
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Shar Sitter 

I have bookmarked this post for future use. Really good information. Thank you

Apr 20, 2019 05:13 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Shar Sitter - 

I really like this selection of plants.  I have time to get this set up. Sedona's rainy season doesn't start until July. Thank you. 

Apr 20, 2019 06:39 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I'm also a huge fan of lavender and use it in borders, around our veggie garden, and will now add a few pots to our patio areas. Thanks for this great post, Shar. 

Apr 20, 2019 07:31 AM #11
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I wish I would have known this in 2013 when I was in the midwest for a year.

Apr 20, 2019 08:51 AM #12
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Thanks for sharing Shar. I had no idea there were plants which discouraged mosquitos. I could use some of those! Have a good weekend.

Apr 20, 2019 10:03 AM #13
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Shar Sitter thanks for the valuable report about fight against mosquitoes.

Apr 20, 2019 03:56 PM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I knew about a couple of these plants as deterrants but thanks for the list. I hated mosquitoes back in New England and thankfully they are far less of an issue here in SoCal, at least where I live. Anything that works to keep them at bay is A+ in my book!


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