Mosquito repellents are a must, especially in the summer when we want to spend as much time as we can outdoors. Here are some delightful flowers and herbs to plant in the yard that will work as a natural mosquito repellent. Each of these all natural plants will also work effectively as an essential oil, diluted into a spray, rubbed onto the skin, used as an incense, or placed throughout a garden as dry leaves or living plants. Head on over to your local nursery or grocery store, and be sure to pick up one or more of these wonderful natural mosquito repellent plants!

Another benefit of using natural plants, is that you don’t have to use harsh chemicals such as DEET to protect your skin. Some of these natural ingredients even work BETTER than DEET. Steer clear of chemicals, and go all natural with these home remedies that work great for skin, for your yard, for your pets, and for the kids!

Check out the full list of natural mosquito repellent that are environmentally-friendly, cheap, and easy to find:

  • Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Catnip
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Garlic
1. Basil is a natural mosquito repellent

Basil makes a great natural mosquito repellent for your yard. Basil is a common ingredient to cure many ailments. One of its many uses is to ward off mosquitos. The mosquitos avoid the scent. So, rub some fresh leaves on your skin, or turn it into a basil oil. Keep it nearby if you’re entertaining outdoors to keep mosquitos away.

2. Peppermint is a natural mosquito repellent

Make a peppermint spray for your yard to keep the mosquitoes out. Peppermint is a favorite among homemade repellents. Use the leaves or the oil for a natural mosquito repellent or for a very relaxing aroma therapy. Dilute the oil as not to irritate the skin, and use in moderation!

3. Rosemary is a natural mosquito repellent

Repel mosquitoes with roesemary plants, this is great for kids and dogs. Rosemary leaves and oil are another wonderful herb that repels mosquitos. Plant a small rosemary bush in a pot indoors, and enjoy all the benefits: a flower, an herb, an indoor plant and most of all – an all-natural mosquito repellent!

4. Catnip is a natural mosquito repellent

Catnip is a stronger mosquito repellent than DEET! Fill your yard with catnip to make pets happy, and keep bugs out – great for pets! Catnip has been recognized as the strongest natural insect repellent. In fact, catnip is 10 times stronger than DEET (the commonly used ingredient in insect repellent) according to this source. Plant it everywhere in your garden to ward off pests or grab an essential oil and use the aroma to repel mosquitoes.

5. Lavender is a natural mosquito repellent

Lavender makes a wonderful natural mosquito repellent for skin! The beauty of lavender is it smells good too, and it’s a great essential oil. Lavender is another herb used for repelling mosquitoes. This one’s agreeable aroma is wonderful for humans but not so nice to mosquitoes. Try lavender candles or burning lavender incense to drive away mosquitoes and enjoy the relaxing scent, bug-free. Plant lavender around your home or yard, or use essential oils for alternative repellents!

6. Marigold is a natural mosquito repellent

Marigolds are a wonderful plants for your yard to ward off pests. If you are having some major mosquito issues in your house, have you considered planting some marigolds in your garden? Marigold is a natural mosquito repellent. No need to rub on oils or creams with this plant. Just grow it in your garden, and let the marigolds do the work.

7. Garlic is a natural mosquito repellent

Use garlic in a spray to keep mosquitoes away. Garlic plant does wonders for the skin and home. Oh garlic, sweet garlic… Renowned to heal or prevent diseases. The kitchen loves it, and chefs love it more. However, mosquitos hate it! Garlic is a very cheap, but a very effective, natural mosquito repellent that you can easily find everywhere! You can create a homemade garlic spray to repel mosquitoes in a large area (perfect for the outdoors) and some garlic gel or homemade garlic paste to apply to your skin, in moderation. Garlic, unlike many of the other options, has a very strong, and not so sweet, odor. This option works great if you don’t mind the scent lingering.