Perfect Patio Nights: Best Natural Mosquito Repellants


This one is for Shana, my daughter Grace, and everyone else who might be severely allergic to Mosquitos; we’re ready to repel those buggers in the Summer of 2019!

Before sitting out to a long summer evening bbq in the garden, S and G have been known to band both wrists and ankles with repelling bracelets and anklets, and even to make a necklace out of three of these.  And then one of us, who is lesser reactive to the buggers preps the garden with everything in the house that will burn and repel mosquitos, and we call this Functional Summer Ambiance. All to the constant call of “Close. The. Screen. Door!!!”

This year in prep for the season, I did a little extra research (which may possibly have been motivated by Shana’s entire garden needing to be replanted — that’s another story) and found many plants that grow well in city container gardens, AND naturally repel Mosquitos. So we’ll soon be planting those too!

Best Natural Mosquito Repellants: Plant & Burn
To soak in every bit of summer, our goal is less buggy. Natural mosquito repellants like plants, candles & incense make it happen. Our picks right here. Burn These Beautiful Natural Insect Repellers

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Grow These Gorgeous Insect Repelling Plants

11 Catnip // 12 Rosemary // 13 Lavender

14 Citrosa Geranium // 15 Garlic //  16 Lemon Balm // 17 Peppermint

18 Lemon Bee Balm Flower // 19 Basil // 20 French Red Marigolds

Here’s wishing you a less buggy BBQ! Do you have any other mosquito repelling tricks up your protective sleeves? We’d love to know them, please share! 



  1. Aromaflage is my go-to scent to wear in the summer. It’s the best smelling ‘bug spray’ one can wear, and it’s all natural ingredients. It’s not too overwhelming for my scent sensitivity either. They also make candles that we use on the tables.

  2. My neighborhood is experimenting this year with GAT traps, which are passive, non-chemical traps that attract female mosquitoes to lay their eggs in the traps, which have sticky paper so the larvae get stuck and can’t hatch. We just started and it works best if 80 of a neighborhood puts traps in their yards, and we’re not there yet. I do hope it helps, even a bit!

    • Laura: That’s amazing and I love a community project! These are new to me, but this was a quick easy article in case anyone else is also interested: https:

      Maybe S needs to have a block party and hand these out at favors? Thanks for expanding the thinking on this! xo A

  3. Perfect timing for this post, and I’m delighted to see most of those plants are currently in the garden beds surrounding my front porch!
    As a funny side note, hovering over the incense sticks link shows a price of $1,996.00 (followed through to Amazon, and it’s actually $15) – I thought, “wow for $2k those must be incredibly effective!” ha!

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