Ah the joys of summer. It’s warm and we can finally enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors with our friends. Except for those irritating mosquitoes, which attack us, leaving our newly tanned skin marred with large, itchy bumps that make you want to jump off a cliff. What’s worst is that the only “real” solution to ward off these fiends is by dousing yourself in chemicals, and half the time it doesn’t even work!

But did you know there are 9 plants that will keep the mosquitoes at bay? Below are 9 wonderful plants you need to add to your garden ASAP.

  1. Lemongrass

Aside from looking nice in your garden, lemon grass is a mosquito repellant as it contains citronella, an oil. Almost 99% of anti-mosquito repellants contain citronella, which works by masking the scent of your skin. Planting a bit of lemongrass around your yard will create a nature wall against these pests.


  1. Catnip

Yes, drugs for cats. However, catnip works wells as a mosquito repellent. Plant one in your garden to keep those annoying pests away, but beware. Your garden will probably be overrun with cats.


  1. Marigold

Their flowers are beautiful to look at, and they do a beautiful job at keeping most bugs, including mosquitos, at bay. They release a fragrance called pyrethrum, which scares mosquitoes away and keep you bite-free.


  1. Lemon thyme

Researchers say that crushed lemon thyme leaves reduce mosquito bites by 62%. So remember that, when you’re picking out plants for your garden.


  1. Basil

Basil is a great herb to use in the kitchen. Planting cinnamon basil in your garden will rid your home of mosquitoes until you die (well, maybe).


  1. Garlic

While it may not ward off vampires, it does protect scare off mosquitoes. Plant some in your garden and they won’t go anywhere near it. And while you can’t eat enough garlic to make them repulsed by you, garlic does fight off colds and the flu.


  1. Lemon balm

Lemon balm is great stuff to just have around. It’s a part of the mint family and functions well as a mosquito repellent. Just make sure to plant it by itself in a clear spot, or in a pot, because it can be aggressive and take control of your garden.


  1. Rosemary

Rosemary tastes great in a lot of foods, and it can keep mosquitoes away. Recent studies claim that sniffing the plant improves your memory by a staggering %75 percent, and who doesn’t need better memory? Plant rosemary in your garden to keep you safe from those dreaded mosquitoes. Then, use it to make your meals taste delicious.


  1. Lavender

Lavender is a great tension and stress reliever, but did you know it also keeps mosquitoes away? Put one in your garden to keep you safe. As an added benefit, you’ll be able to make some lavender lemonade to get you through those hot summer nights.

Source: Weekly Healthy Life