. Lemon Balm is said to be the number one her to act as an insect repellent to mosquitoes.
2. CatnipStudies suggest that catnip may be even more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET (the ingredient used in most commercial bug repellents, which is highly toxic It can be used similarly to lemon balm; crushed and rubbed onto the skin. A word of caution to cat owners: watch where you plant your catnip
3. MarigoldsIn addition to mosquitoes, marigolds repel garden pests, too! The flowers are edible as well, and add color and flavor to salads or can be a gorgeous garnish when you want to dress up a dish. 4. Lavender
Grow it around the house and garden to keep bugs away. It’ll grow inside too, if you keep it next to a sunny window. Has a lovely scent, pretty purple flowers and calming properties as well, so it’s a charming addition to your garden or home for several reasons!
5. PeppermintBiting bugs don’t like the scent of peppermint, so you can crush up the leaves and rub it on your skin to ward them off. As an added bonus, peppermint also can also do double-duty as itch relief if you do get bitten!
Contributing Author"Juliet Christie Murray