This twofer protects you against more than one type of bloodsucker. Keep vampires and mosquitoes away by planting garlic in your garden or in herb pots set around your favorite outdoor area.
Peppermint smells, well, minty. This scent is unpopular among the creepy-crawly families, and ants and mosquitoes steer clear. Even better: Mice don’t like the minty smell either.
Perfect for growing in hotter climates, rosemary is recommended by the New York Botanical Garden for its mosquito-deterring properties, according to Garden Design. The scent of rosemary also keeps moths and flies away. Use this herb as a decorative border — and trim off a bit to season your dinner, too!
Geraniums are a pretty flower that can add lots of color to your backyard landscaping. This plant has a light lemon scent, similar to citronella. It thrives in warm weather, and can be planted in a pot.
Basil is a popular herb used in many Italian dishes, but this strong-smelling herb pulls double duty as a mosquito repellent, too. You’ll need to plant this one with plenty of water, drainage and sunlight. Plant this in containers near your sitting area or as a border for your garden.
This stunning flower is a beautiful addition to any outdoor space. One study found that the oils in this flower can offer several hours of protection from mosquitoes, according to Natural Living Ideas. Other bugs that stay away from this plant include Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs and tomato hornworms.
7. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a pretty green plant that smells a bit like lemon and mint. This green foliage not only deters mosquitoes, but attracts good insects like butterflies and bees. For an effective repellent, crush a few of the leaves in your hand and rub the oil on your skin. Natural Living Ideas notes that this plant is drought resistant, but it can be invasive, so keep an eye on this plant to keep it from taking over your garden.