Mosquito Repellent Plants

We enjoyed an extraordinarily long spring season, but summer weather hit us hard and fast. And with the heat and humidity arrived a familiar, but dreaded, buzz from mosquitoes. Find out how you can deter these pests naturally using plants available now!

Pungent Plants

Plants like citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, lemon gum eucalyptus, and lemon basil are excellent additions to help fend off mosquitoes, which can carry harmful diseases, such as West Nile, dengue fever, Zika, and more.

These pungent plant selections will aid in controlling the mosquito population in your garden and backyard. Since plants like citronella have strong fragrances, mosquitoes find them unattractive.


Furthermore, many of these plants are multi-functional. Not only are they mosquito repellents, but decorative additions to any landscape, and you can cook with options like basil, rosemary, and lemongrass! Plus, these plants perform well in our region. When cared for properly, they stand up to the harsh conditions of Houston’s summer months.

The most effective way to keep mosquitoes away from your skin using plants is to crush the leaves or rub a handful on your skin. You can even stuff some in your pockets to keep away mosquitoes while you’re outdoors.

Other Steps

Other steps you can take to protect yourself include wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants when possible and considering an EPA-registered repellent if necessary.

It’s important to keep in mind that mosquitoes only need a small amount of standing water to breed – as little as a cap full.

  • Change out the water in birdbaths and pet bowls at least every three to five days.
  • Keep rain gutters clear.
  • Remove any containers that could hold water, like tires, toys, or unused flower pots.

By taking preventative steps to clear your yard of potential breeding zones and including mosquito repellent plants in your landscape, you can better protect yourself and your family this summer.

Stop by the Garden Center or call 281-354-6111 to get started today – we’ll get you growing!