these plants around our home and they really work.
1. Lemon Grass
Lemon Grass is an attractive shrub thatís easy to grow in containers or in the ground. The long Lemon Grass blades grow upwards and arch over, giving the plant a fountain look. Itís recommended for growing zones 9 through 11, but if you live in a colder zone, simply place in a container and bring it indoors. This grass has a natural citrus scent that repels mosquitoes while filling yards with a lovely aroma. Place a few around your patio, line your walkway with them, or place them on your deck. Your guests will be amazed that they arenít getting bothered by bugs!
2. Eucalyptus Trees
Eucalyptus Trees have beautiful blue-green foliage and peeling bark that attracts the eye. The trees can provide year-round color in warmer climates, providing yards with attractive hues while other trees are dormant. Also, as an added bonus, this tree will grow in containers. Plus, these trees have a sweet aroma thatís similar to mint or pine, only sweeter. It boasts a fresh scent that repels mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas to boot. Each leaf has a pocket filled with eucalyptol, an organic pest-repelling oil. Place a few leaves around your house, in window sills, shelves, and under your petís bed to keep bugs away.
Citronellas are a smaller shrub option that grow about 1 to 2 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide. Also, they make excellent container plants. These shrubs are fast growers that quickly reach their mature size and have thick green foliage to attract attention. Plus, they have a higher cold tolerance than the other plants on this list. If you live above growing zone 5, keep your citronella indoors during the winter. These compact shrubs have a natural citrus fragrance to repel mosquitoes and is even nicknamed the mosquito plant. Their size and smell make them perfect to be placed anywhere. In the garden, on the deck, or in the kitchen window. Theyíll even grow in hanging containers! Before your guests arrive, crush one of the leaves in order to make the fragrance stronger.
4. Phenomenal Lavender
Another compact container shrub to repel mosquitoes and fleas is Phenomenal Lavender. Plant it in the ground in a container. It grows 1 to 3 feet tall, and 1 to 3 feet wide, so it can be an attractive bushy shrub if left unpruned. Along with repelling bugs, it provides a burst of color every summer when its purple flowers start to bloom. The lavender oil found in Phenomenal Lavender is used for a variety of things, like perfumes and aromatherapy, but most importantly it will keep mosquitoes and fleas away all summer. It makes the perfect accent shrub while attracting attention to your garden.