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May 29, 2018

10 Plants You Didn’t Know Repel Mosquitoes

“Minnesota has two seasons, winter and road construction.” “We’ve got 20,000 lakes when it rains.” “The state bird? Mosquito.”

Potted Rosemary, text "Rosemary also repels mosquitos."

lemonthymeWe have a saying for everything and have heard it all as Minnesotans. We know that in this land of abundant lakes and short, humid summers, we’re going to have mosquitoes. We spend serious time and energy fighting the mosquito battle each summer season.
So what if we could make it a little easier on ourselves?

Well…did you know that there are plants that actually have mosquito-repelling qualities?

Here are 10 plants that you’ll recognize for their other uses that you’ll want to have around when mosquito season strikes:

Potted Basil Seedlings, text "Basil is a natural mosquito repellant!"

  1. Lemon Balm
  2. Catnip
  3. Marigolds
  4. Basil
  5. Lavender
  6. Peppermint
  7. Rosemary
  8. Geraniums
  9. Ageratum
  10. Lemon Thyme

Stop by and stock up at Sunnyside. Not only do these plants add beauty to your yard, but many are wonderful for cooking on the grill or adding to salads or teas. And they help keep mosquitoes away? Yes, yes and yes. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

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