Houseplants that keep the insects away:

Mosquitoes may be a vexing irritation when you’re outside in the summer, but they’re exponentially worse if they find their way indoors. Until you reach for a can of poisonous bug spray, arm yourself against mosquitoes with a few strategically placed houseplants.

There are numerous indoor plants that repel mosquitoes, and some are simple enough for a novice gardener to cultivate. Here are seven things to consider while designing your home:


While lavender is far more prevalent as an outdoor plant (and can be an excellent repellent for unwelcome wildlife), you can hold a few small pots of it indoors to deal with the bugs. It may be finicky, requiring as much sun as possible and a location with enough airflow. What you need is a neighboring window with a frequent breeze.


Lavender will reach great heights under perfect circumstances. Prepare to re-pot this annual in a wider container as it expands, or to divide it into smaller plants as it grows.

When choosing a variety, French lavender is the simplest to maintain indoors, but English lavender has a stronger scent (and hence could be more effective at repelling insects) (and therefore can be better at bug repelling).


As a tropical plant, it thrives in mild climates and plenty of sunlight. It can profit from occasional fertilization and perhaps any additional artificial light during the winter months if the days are extremely low.


When purchasing citronella, exercise caution when picking the plants. There are many varieties of scented geraniums that are referred to as mosquito plants or also citronella plants, although these are not the ones you’re searching for.

True citronella resembles thick grass and lacks broad rippled leaves.


Basil is indeed an excellent fresh herb to have in the kitchen, so now you should use it as a pest repellent as well. As is customary, place your potted basil in a bright window, as it needs a lot of light, and water it sparingly.


Basil does not tolerate drought well, but you do not want to sink the roots. A moist, well-draining soil is essential.

They enjoy a warm environment, and hence might not be the right indoor houseplant if you live in a cold climate. Otherwise, they could do well. You are welcome to harvest a few leaves for cooking purposes as well.


Rosemary is another seasoning herb with mosquito-repelling properties. Maybe not the right choice for a beginning gardener, but it’s worth a try.

You’ll require as much sunlight as practicable (and maybe a grow light on occasion), and you should be aware that it may be finicky with watering.

Utilize a well-draining potting soil blend, watering only when the surface is fully dry. It is vulnerable to both excess and deficiency of water.

Rosemary is often vulnerable to powdery mildew, so enough air circulation around the plant is essential to prevent it from settling in. As for lavender, seek out a breezy location or even install a tiny fan around your plants to help circulate the breeze.


Catnip, a member of the mint genus, develops quickly and has the perfect smell to ward off mosquitoes. Place the plants in a bright window, have occasional waterings, and pinch out the flowers as they mature to encourage the plant to produce more leaves.


As with lavender, a catnip plant may get very large over a few seasons, so be prepared to repot or divide the plant if it becomes too large for its windowsill location.

Obviously, if your building has animals, you’ll want to keep your catnip plant in a secure location, such as a very high shelf or even a hanging basket.

6 Citronella and Lemongrass

If you’ve ever used a citronella candle, you’re familiar with how these green jewels function — they help repel mosquitoes. Both plants emit a strong citrus scent as a result of the inclusion of citronella in both lemongrass and the citronella rose. If you can find the smell nice, bugs abhor it. Grow this plant in containers on your front porch or patio. And, if you see mosquitoes buzzing about, smash a leaf and add it to your skin as a natural repellent. Additionally, these plants may be grown outside doors or windows to avoid flying insects.


Our final plant selection is a bit more mysterious. Pennyroyal is a beautiful purple flowering plant that comes in two varieties: American and European. Both are successful, but the European variety is slightly more so.


They can thrive under overt sunshine, but can also thrive in indirect light. Pennyroyal is a low-growing, trailing plant that is ideal for hanging baskets.

Although some herbalists make tea with pennyroyal, it is not approved for pregnant women. Otherwise, there are no questions on toxicity.


If you love pretty flowers, the popular marigold is an effective insect repellent that is also attractive. It repels bees, gnats, mosquitoes, and midges with its distinct smell. Plant them in your vegetable garden or in containers by your entryways to cover your prized tomatoes. Marigolds are a colorful, lovely flower that acts as a natural insect repellent.



Naturally, you’ll want to maintain your plants in the best available positions to have the appropriate amount of light and temperature for indoor plants. Apart from that, you’ll want to position these plants in places around your house where mosquitoes are more likely to enter.

Having a lovely lavender plant in an unused spare bedroom would have little effect on mosquitoes invading the kitchen below.

Maintain a safe distance between your plants and busy entrances to stop them ringing in when people enter and leave. Bedrooms and communal living spaces are the next location choices to keep them out of the home.

Bear in mind that these plants can only repel mosquitoes, not destroy them.

Additional Suggestions

Mosquitoes, in addition to being a pest, pose a health risk as the incidence of insect-borne diseases such as West Nile, Zika, and even malaria continues to increase. As a result, it is well worth the effort to keep the house and yard mosquito-free.

Installing near window screens on all windows and exposed vents is the most efficient way to protect your house.

The next step would be to remove as much polluted or surface water from your yard as necessary. It is where mosquitoes lay their larvae, which may result in large population outbreaks across the house as they mature.

Open water barrels, decorative ponds, and abandoned kiddy pools serve as mosquito breeding grounds. Drain swimming pools and other tanks while not in service, and add lids or screening in places that cannot be drained.

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