Mosquito Repelling Plants


You’ve waited all year and it’s finally here: summer. You’ve probably spent the better part of your cold months indoors, scheduling cookouts and planning for backyard activities. Now that summer is finally here, don’t let the pests of push you back inside!

In addition to professional mosquito control services, you can also incorporate several plants into your landscape design that aid in warding off insects.

Citronella Grass

This lemon-scented plant might sound familiar to you because it’s usually one of the key natural ingredients in mosquito repellent. By planting this low maintenance sun-loving gem in your yard, you’ll save on spray and money. Just be sure to buy the Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus Citronella variates.


This tasty herb used not only serves a purpose in your kitchen, but also works in your yard to keep away mosquitoes, moths, and flies! Rosemary thrives in climates that are hot and dry so try planting it in an area that gets a lot of sunlight and isn’t in a rainwater runoff area.


Catmint, more commonly referred to as “catnip,” will grow just about everywhere. This is good news for homeowners who lack a green thumb and for their beloved pet cats. Garden Design noted an Iowa State study that found catmint to be ten times more effective than DEET, the chemical common to mosquito and insect repellent.

In addition, basil, lavender, and scented geraniums can also help repel insects commonly found in North Carolina. Triangle Pest Control wishes you a safe, fun, and bug-free summer! For professional pest control and mosquito repellent services, contact us.

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