When it comes to naturally repelling mosquitoes in your outdoor areas in Southwest Florida, plants are nature’s best deterrent. But some plants can actually be an attraction for mosquitoes. It all depends on the kind of plants you use so you want to make sure you know the best plants for pest control.

Floridians love to be outdoors, that’s one reason we live in Florida to begin with. It’s a beautiful place with warm to hot weather pretty much year round. This means we have mosquito issues pretty much year round. It’s no surprise that people are always looking for ways to deter mosquitoes or reduce the mosquito population around their homes in SWFL. These pest problems are not just about them being irritating and leaving behind itchy bites. It’s also a health concern because of the illnesses that mosquitoes can carry and spread through their bites.

What plants repel mosquitoes?

If you’re interested in deterring mosquitoes from hanging out in the outdoor areas where you’d like to be hanging out, it’s a good idea to try some of these plants with pest-repelling properties. The good thing about these plants is that they deter the pesky bugs while not bothering the beneficial insects that you don’t mind to have around.


citronella for pest control

Citronella, also known as lemon grass, is probably the most well known of mosquito repelling plants and the most commonly found in big-box stores. You’ll find citronella oil used in everything from candles to essential oils in diffusers to deter mosquitoes in outdoor spaces. The oil from citronella grass is the most beneficial for the purpose of repelling these pesky insects.


lavender for pest control

The scent of lavender works by preventing mosquitoes from locating their hosts. In other words, they can’t find you because the lavender scent smells stronger than your scent. Lavender is also just a pleasant smell to have around your outdoor spaces.


marigolds for pest control

Marigolds let off a scent that helps to deter mosquitoes the same way lavender does. They are easy to grow and are also a natural way to prevent aphids, whiteflies, and other pests.


catnip for pest control

Catnip is not just a fun scent to entertain your cats, it also helps deter mosquitoes. Catnip, or catmint, can be found growing and thriving almost anywhere. This plant is part of the mint family and many consider it a weed. It is very easy to take care of and may even start to invade other areas of your garden. If you are willing to put up with this plant’s insidious nature, they are amazing mosquito repellants.


rosemary for pest control

Rosemary is an aromatic herb that many of us are very familiar with because it’s used in cooking. Its woody scent is what keeps mosquitoes as well as cabbage moths and carrot flies away. Rosemary bushes can be pruned into all sorts of shapes and sizes and make great borders or decorations for your landscaping. While the pesky mosquitoes are deterred, you can enjoy the herb’s scent and also use it to season your cooking. Plant an entire herb garden with a variety of plants with a strong scent for an even stronger deterrent.


basil plant for pest control

Basil emits a pungent smell that keeps a variety of insects away. There are many different kinds of basil and they all work to repel mosquitoes, so you can use whatever kind you like to use for cooking.

Bee Balm

bee balm for pest control

Bee balm is a great plant that attracts good bugs like bees and butterflies but deters bad bugs like mosquitoes. Also known as monarda or horsemint, all you have to do is crush it leaves to release the fragrant oils to deter mosquitoes. This plant will make a great addition to your landscaping with it’s colorful red, pink, lavender, white, or purple flowers.


mint for pest control

Mint is a great nontoxic option for keeping mosquitoes, flies, and even ants away. The stronger the mint aroma, the fewer pesky insects you’ll be bothered by. You can also use mint inside your home as. natural pest control, simply dry the leaves. Any member of the mint family will do a good job repelling pests.

Floss Flower

floss flower for pest control

Floss flower, or ageratum, is an attractive annual flower that contains coumarin, which is a chemical that repels mosquitoes. The only downside is that it is toxic if ingested by pets or humans. If this plant can be kept out of reach of children and pets, it is an effective mosquito repellant.


sage plant for pest control

Sage is a great plant to have around a fire pit in your outdoor space. Toss some sage into your fire and its scent will help keep mosquitoes and other bugs at bay. Sage can also be dried and made into a bug spray.


allium plant for pest control

Allium bulbs include plants like garlic and onions. These bulbs release a strong fragrance that mosquitoes don’t like. They also produce beautiful, whimsical globe-shaped flowers that seem to float above long, slender stems.

Does plant nectar attract mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes commonly feed on plant nectar and other sugar sources, so some plants will attract mosquitoes to your outdoor areas. Avoid these particular plants so you don’t attract annoying mosquitoes:

  • Flowers (other than the plants that produce flowers above)
  • Water lilies
  • Water hyacinths
  • Water lettuce
  • Taro
  • Papyrus

What scents deter mosquitoes?

These common scents are natural mosquito repellent. Some come from the oils of plants above, others come from different sources. These oils can be put in diffusers outdoors or even be rubbed on the skin with a carrier oil to deter unwanted pests. You can mix them with water and put them in a spray bottle for use in outdoor areas. These scents can also help you accomplish a virtually bug-free garden.

  • Lemon eucalyptus oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Greek catmint oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Citronella oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lemon balm

How well do plants deter mosquitoes?

The power of plants is amazing, but while these plants do naturally deter mosquitoes and other pesky bugs, they only offer short term relief from some mosquitoes. It’s inevitable that some mosquitoes will make it through your plant scent barrier and plants don’t prevent the mosquito population in your outdoor spaces from multiplying. Having insect-repelling plants in your outdoor spaces is a great addition to other pest control methods, but not sufficient on it’s own.

Killing mosquito eggs and larvae with organic pesticides is the best, natural way, following plants as repellants to rid your outdoor space of mosquitoes. Some natural pest treatments BuzzOFF mosquito offers are as follows. A natural insecticide is a good way to control mosquito population problems efficiently.

Mosquito Barrier Treatments

BuzzOFF of SWFL offers a number of options for riding your outdoor spaces of mosquitoes and keeping them away, along with other common garden pests. Barrier treatments are a great way to kill mosquito eggs and larvae and prevent the multiplication of these annoying insects as well as other destructive insects that may plague your flower beds and gardens.

Barrier treatments are cost-effective treatments that are conducted every two to four weeks in order to kill off and prevent the return of mosquitoes. These treatments are customized to your property for the best results.

Mosquito Misting System

Mosquito misting systems are a more long-term solution to the mosquito problem people are facing in their yards and outdoor spaces in SWFL. Mosquitoes will always be a problem here in our subtropical climate, which means a long-term solution is a more beneficial solution for Florida residents. That is if you enjoy a nice evening out by your fire pit or hosting an outdoor party.

Mosquito misting systems are installed around your outdoor spaces in a discreet manner and set on a schedule to automatically spray on regular basis. This system uses a natural pesticide to continuously protect your property from mosquitoes.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for any of our services, call us at 239-430-0097.