5 Container-Worthy Potted Plants that Repel Mosquitoes

These potted plants will help deter mosquitoes.

People are madly researching mosquito repellents this summer thanks to the Zika virus. And while bug spray can keep this flying menace at bay, people with green thumbs can wander out to their deck or garden and use some elbow grease to plant bug repellent potted plants.

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Potted plants that look pretty and serve a pest control purpose are great to keep around.

1. Citronella Geranium

You better have a big pot handy for this plant. The Citronella Geranium can grow 4 feet high and 2 feet wide. It’s a large, bushy plant that has thick foliage and lacy, medium-green leaves. This plant’s blooms are pink-purple and it needs 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

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Potted plants that prevent pests are colorful.

2. Lantana

Want to fill out a medium, large-sized pot? This plant is a great cover choice. It grows upright in a sturdy pattern and its blooms are typically pink, red, yellow, orange, or purple. This plant also is a great option if you want to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

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This fragrant potted plant can be used in meals.

3. Creeping Lemon Thyme

Looking for plants you can eat? The following three fit that tasty bill.

The Creeping Lemon Thyme plant is a perfect addition to hanging baskets or cascading pots. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds enjoy this plant, too.

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Rosemary works well as a potted plant.

4. Rosemary

This plant is my favorite. I love fresh rosemary atop flatbread, salads… anything, basically. This plant easily fits in containers and does well in full sun and well-draining soil. You also can put this herb to work by cutting some of its branches and burning them in an outdoor fire. The smell is divine—to humans, not bugs, thankfully.

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Pull mint from potted plants to put in drinks.

5. Mint

Are you a mojito lover? Then you’ll love that mint of all varieties can repel mosquitoes. This herb can thrive in most any condition but prefers full sun and well-draining soil. Place this plant in a pot by itself or in a window box with other herbs.

Get the most out of the above plants by planting them near areas that get the most traffic: playgrounds, decks, patios, etc. Wind carries these plants’ scent, so when you walk buy them, give them a gentle shake to release their smell. You also can trim branches from these plants and put them in bouquets. Place on picnic tables, etc. And all these plants also work well in gardens. So, if you have the space, go crazy.

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