Plants that Repel Mosquitoes for Your Balcony Garden

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Editor’s note: Since we live in an area that is considered one of the worst cities for mosquitoes, we are at risk for mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus, Zika, chikungunya, malaria, and many others. So you can’t have enough ways to repel mosquitoes.  I like the idea of planting mosquito repelling plants in your apartment garden and here is an article to give you some ideas.

Plants that Repel Mosquitoes

Written by Jessica Santos

There’s nothing better than spending an evening at home on the balcony or with the windows open. While sunset is one of the best times to spend outside, it’s also prime time for mosquitoes to sneak in. When a mosquito gets trapped in your place, it seems like they will never go away.  The bug bites just keep appearing! While bug sprays are great for on-the-go protection, they aren’t the best option for bug-proofing your apartment.

Fortunately, there are plenty of natural plant repellents that can keep those blood-suckers at bay. The extra greenery will look beautiful in your home!  These are some of the best plants that repel mosquitoes, compiled by the folks at ProFlowers.

Floss Flowers

Floss flowers contain coumarin, a chemical known to repel mosquitoes and flies. They are hardy plants and easy to care for as long as their soil is well-drained. Plus, if you keep them outside their scent will attract butterflies and hummingbirds!


Everyone loves the sweet, calming smell of lavender – except mosquitoes, flies, spiders, and fleas. Keep these purple blooms around your apartment for a bug-free home.


Marigolds are one of the easiest plants to keep happy and healthy. Place them in a window that receives full sun, and watch as mosquitoes keep far, far away. Marigold works so well as a bug repellent because it contains the natural pesticide pyrethrum.


Rosemary works best as a repellent when burned. Toss some in the fireplace or pick up a rosemary scented candle. Your place will smell great and stay bug free. Grow your own, and it can double as the perfect addition to your next chicken dinner.


Sage is often used to cleanse a home spiritually, but its aroma will also keep mosquitoes at bay. Whichever your reason for having it, be sure to let it smoke on a heat-proof surface. Does the air feel cleaner yet?

All of these plants are most effective when kept near entrances like doors, windows, and walkways. They all will thrive in pots, so you don’t even need a garden to take care of them! Go ahead and reclaim your home from those buzzing blood-suckers forever!


Check out this Infographic by ProFlowers for multiple ideas and tips.

list of plants that repel mosquitoes

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Here are a few items that may be helpful for repelling mosquitoes:

Sawyer Long lasting repellent - If you are going to be outside it's best to use a proven repellent.  This one is has lots of good reviews.

Sawyer Repellent for Clothing - We used this one to spray clothing and the tent while camping near a river.  Lots of mosquitos but this seemed to keep them at bay.

Head Net Hat - If mosquitoes keep flying around my head I would use a head net hat while camping outdoors.  I don't care how it looks, they keep mosquitoes away from your head and neck.

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