The battle against mosquitoes, some of the most unwelcome guests in any backyard, often seems like a never-ending one; or at the very least, one you must engage in year after year. While both chemical deterrents and products that lure and kill biting insects prove to be quite effective, there are also some nature-based repellers – like some plants – that can help keep mosquitoes away.
Mosquitoes and other insects like no-see-ums and biting flies find their victims by following their scent. In the case of humans, that means the carbon dioxide we breathe out and the odors released by our sweat glands. Mosquito repellent plants work by emitting a scent that is stronger than our own human smell, effectively masking our smell and making us “invisible” to the little bloodsuckers.