Mosquito, Flea, and Tick repellant plants?

Cresson, PA(Zone 6a)

Hey everyone. I was wondering if anyone knew of any plants I could grow that repel mosquitos, fleas, and ticks? Ticks and mosquitos seem to be really bad this year around here, and with two kids that just love to run all over the place, I'd like to plant a few plants that will repel these buggers. Something that will grow in shade/partial-shade because my yard is mostly shady/partly shady.


Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom

wish I knew the answer to that, here in UK there is a country wide warning for this year with ref to the ticks being on the increase, they can be very dangerous as they carry disease that can be fatal however, the best I know for all the bugs you ask about is to use the spray protections that are on the market, were long sleeves and long pants at sun down for the Mosquito's, but flee's and Ticks don't have a special time to be around. Make sure you don't leave water around that will stagnate and make sure you keep the watering cans covered so the Mozzies cant lay eggs even the kids paddle pools attract these bugs if left outdoors uncovered for a day or two, so it's best to prevent them using your place as a breading ground BUT there is no sure fire way you can do that where kids are concerned, they want to go run wild and gosh, is that not what childhood is supposed to be about anyway.
Hope someone can help better than me MrsLidwell, good luck for a bug free summer and Best Regards. WeeNel.

Cresson, PA(Zone 6a)

Thanks WeeNel. I've read a few articles since posting this thread that shared some plants that naturally repel these pests, though I'd need to dig a little deeper to see if my yard provides enough sunlight for them. Was kind of hoping some of the more experienced gardeners on here could give me some insight as well. Thanks for your suggestions, though! I definitely plan to buy some repellant sprays and such soon.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Tansy, repels bugs, though it is highly toxic if eaten so if your kids have a tendency to eat things, I'd avoid it
There is a citronella scented geranium but you have to rub the leaves to release the scent

here's some more info for you

also lavender

Try to attract bats to your yard they eat lots of mosquitos

Cresson, PA(Zone 6a)

Thanks FlowAjen. I have heard Lavender will repel a bunch, but I can't use Lavender, unfortunately, because we have family that are allergic to it. I just read the other day that lemongrass repels a lot of things, so I might look into growing some of that.

Algonquin, IL(Zone 5a)

Thanks for the Repel Lemon Eucalyptus link, flowAjen!

These are some plants that were listed for repelling mosquitos in an article I found several years ago (don't remember where, though).

Basil (I've read in other places that it's also good for fruit flies and gnats).


Citronella Plant/Grass






I haven't personally tried any of them so I can't verify whether or not they work. But it's certainly worth trying since they're all readily available.

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