6 Herbs to Help Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Keep these herbal mosquito repellents in small containers around your home . With the exception of wormwood and marigold (they can cause dermatitis), you can crush the leaves of these herbs and rub them on your skin for an extra line of defense against bugs.
Catnip. Catnip has been found to be 10 times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes. The only downside with catnip is that if you have a cat, they will most likely destroy the plant.
Marigold. Control both aphids and mosquitoes with marigold. This sun-loving annual makes a great plant for low-maintenance borders. Plus, it’s easy to collect seeds for next year’s planting. Just don’t rub marigold leaves on your skin, as it can cause dermatitis.
Rosemary. Mosquitoes find the lovely fragrance of rosemary oil disgusting. This attractive shrub is a great addition to herb garden beds or containers, and requires very little water. The beneficial uses for rosemary doesn’t end on the patio: It’s a delicious addition to soups, egg dishes and meats.
Lemongrass. Mosquitoes hate the lemony scent of this tropical plant. Grow lemongrass from stalks sold in markets. It needs good drainage and full sun; it can’t tolerate freezing temperatures.
Wormwood. This pungent plant makes an excellent border plant, as its scent keeps mosquitoes away. Grow wormwood, a silvery perennial, in full sun in most zones. Like marigolds, do not rub wormwood on your skin, as it can cause dermatitis.