Repel Mosquitoes with These Plants, Part 1: Citronella, Lemongrass, and Lantana


Julie Fryer Mosquito Repellent Plants

Photo by Michelle White

Did you know mosquitoes are considered to be the deadliest critter on Earth? Every year they spread a host of debilitating, and often fatal diseases, including West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, Malaria, Chikungunya, Zika Virus, and Canine Heartworm. Pretty scary for folks like us who spend so much time outdoors!

But dousing on bug spray is not always practical and for children and animals, it’s potentially toxic. Try this idea for chemical-free, all-natural mosquito control that’s also beautiful: a mosquito-repellent garden that works all summer long to keep bugs out of your outdoor living spaces.

3 Gorgeous and Easy-to-Grow Plants Mosquitoes Hate

Citronella Geranium, Lemongrass, and Lantana Camara already top popular gardening lists because they’re robust and quick growers; adaptable to almost all conditions; gorgeous in every setting; and in Southern climates (Zone 9 and warmer), hardy enough to grow as perennials.

Best of all, when cut, bruised, or even jostled by a breeze, they give off a pleasant lemony, citronella scent that mosquitoes avoid.

7/3/2017 12:41:44 PM

LANTANA: HIGHLY TOXIC TO DOGS!!! Darn near killed our mastiff (120lbs)! He ate only a small amount. Became lethargic and seemed disoriented; by the time I got him to the 2nd veterinarian (1st one told me dogs do not eat lantana) he could barely walk. It was touch and go for a few days on a charcoal based medicine designed to rid the body of toxins and medicine for his stomach but he made it.

6/16/2016 1:07:21 PM

Mosquitos - Make Sun Tea Spray for mosquito repellant; Rosemary or lemon grass. Strain, refrigerate. Put into sprayer bottle as needed. Good for pets as well.

6/15/2016 2:40:04 PM

In Australia, lantana has escaped from many naive gardeners and on the East Coast has taken over much forest/scrub land. In mild climates it can be a hazard, so Homesteaders, grow it at your own peril! If you feel you must have some, I'd suggest keeping it confined in a container on concrete.

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