9. Lemon Balm
Want to repel the insects you don’t like while inviting the ones you do enjoy straight into your yard? Lemon balm acts as a repellent for mosquitoes and other pests while sending out an open invitation to bees and butterflies–the “good” bugs that you’ll be glad to see hanging out around the garden. With its strong citrus scent, lemon balm is often pleasing to people, as well.
If you’ve been stressing about keeping flying pests out of your yard, you might already have considered turning to lavender for a little relaxation. Even better, however, lavender can help keep mosquitoes away to begin with: unlike humans, they certainly don’t find it relaxing. Lavender-scented lotions (made with the real essential oil), using lavender on your skin directly, or adding lavender to your garden can all help repel mosquitoes.
If you’re tired of mosquitoes in the yard, it’s time to get planting! With their sensitive senses of smell, mosquitoes will quickly be repelled by these familiar plants in your yard, many of which require little maintenance in order to continue growing and spreading their mosquito-repelling powers.