5 Plants That Help Keep Mosquitoes Away

We'll take a lovely lavender bush over an ugly bug zapper any day.

Juliette Wade

We'll take a lovely lavender bush over an ugly bug zapper any day.

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Juliette Wade
Lavender

We may enjoy the heavenly scent of lavender, but critters politely disagree. The best variety is lavandin, which has a , which keeps bugs far away.

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Lemon Balm

Its pronounced lemon scent recalls citronella (but in a far more appetizing way). In fact, the plant has , a compound bugs strongly dislike.

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Basil

Though it sounds like something your favorite Italian grandmother would recommend, a pot of basil really can help you enjoy the outdoors in peace. It's one of the few plants that emit a strong scent without .

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Catnip

Pro: Mosquitoes . Con: You will quickly meet your future new pet within moments of putting the plant out.

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Mint

What's good for your mojito is good for your skin. Mint leaves (can keep mosquitoes away, and mint essential oils can help you might acquire through your evening.

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