Citrus trees consist of d-limonene and nootkatone substances, which drive away mosquitoes. Their smell is strong enough to confuse mosquitoes. This method of mosquito management is popular, effective, and poses no risk to plants, animals, or the environment.

Mosquitoes locate humans by detecting body heat, motion, and the carbon dioxide we release. Certain plants, like citrus, can help hide our scent and confuse mosquitoes. The organic compounds found in citrus peels, such as d-limonene and nootkatone, can be used as natural mosquito repellents. You can apply the oil from the leaves to your skin or soak fruit peels in water to release volatile molecules that kill mosquito larvae. Commercial eco-friendly insect repellents also contain citrus essential oils.

Plants To Keep Mosquitoes Away


Marigolds are easy to grow and repel insects with pyrethrum. They also release thiophenes and deter mosquitoes. They're great for vegetable gardens and sunny containers, but be sure to let the soil dry out before watering. To keep mosquitoes away, grow them in pots near your front door.


Rosemary is an effective insect deterrent. Use it on the grill to keep mosquitoes away or plant it in the garden to get rid of them. It can also be used in lotions as an insect repellent. Rosemary thrives in containers and hot, dry climates in full sun with sandy, well-draining soil. It can be trimmed into various sizes and forms for borders or decorations.


Basil's scent repels mosquitoes without crushing the leaves. It can also prevent mosquito breeding near standing water. Research shows that basil leaves and oil are effective against various mosquito species. To grow basil, keep it damp, provide good drainage and plenty of sunlight.


Lavender has a pleasant scent from essential oils on its leaves, and repels insects. It's versatile as oil and for topical use. It's a charming and hardy plant that thrives in full sun with good drainage.

Citronella Grass

Citronella grass is a popular natural ingredient in mosquito repellents due to its strong scent, which mosquitoes find repulsive. Crushed leaves can be applied to skin to deter insect bites. It's a low-maintenance plant that grows well in warm, sunny locations with regular fertilization and moist soil. It's best grown in large containers due to its height of up to 6 feet.


Sage is part of the mint family and has long been a favorite in herb gardens at home. The plant's earthy scent will deter mosquitoes. Sage leaves make a natural mosquito repellant, so burn some in your fireplace or a fire pit in the backyard to fill your house with energizing scents.