With summer comes longer days and plenty of time outside, but there’s one pesky insect that also makes an appearance around this time as well. From Alabama to South Dakota, mosquitoes are just part of the season. And while there are plenty of bug sprays and insecticides out there, there are also natural and effective alternatives to help get rid of the nagging insects.

Alabama ranks in the top 10 states with the highest numbers of mosquitoes. Try protecting yourself from those pesky pests with something that is easy on the eyes and good for the environment with mosquito repelling plants. Not only are these plants beautiful, but they can help you keep your yard bite free. Here are some of your best options.

Callicarpa Pearl 

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Best overall plant goes to the Callicarpa Pearl with the nickname of Beautyberry. It's not only one of the most beautiful one in the garden but also the biggest fighter when it comes to getting rid of those pesky mosquitoes. 


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Lemongrass goes way beyond its zesty smell. It is beneficial when fighting not only mosquitoes but also a cold. It is known for its lemon taste and is used in many Asian dishes. This herb keeps the bugs away while also providing a spice and medication all in one. 


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This scented geranium is beautiful in both outer beauty and its fragrance as well. With so many citronella products available on the market, it’s clear that it is one of the best plants to have in your garden to keep the mosquitoes away throughout the summer. 


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Not only is this herb  mosquito repellent, but you can also enjoy it all year long in some of your favorite dishes. This plant has been cited as having health benefits - from helping with indigestion and even joint pain. 

French Marigold

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Marigolds mirror sunshine with their golden orange petals. A beautiful plant to have in the garden for its appearance and ability to defend against mosquitoes, they are also drought-tolerant.