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8 plants that’ll protect you from mosquitoes for good

2. Garlic
This twofer protects you against more than one type of bloodsucker. Keep vampires and mosquitos away by planting garlic in your garden or in herb pots set around your favorite outdoor area.
3. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a pretty green plant that smells a bit like lemon and mint. This green foliage not only deters mosquitos, but attracts good insects like butterflies and bees. For an effective repellent, crush a few of the leaves in your hand and rub the oil on your skin. Natural Living Ideas notes that this plant is drought resistant (yay for easy maintenance), but it can be invasive, so keep an eye on this plant to keep it from taking over your garden.
4. Peppermint
Peppermint smells, well, minty. This scent is unpopular among the creepy-crawly families, and ants and mosquitos steer clear. Even better: Mice don’t like the minty smell either.
5. Marigolds
This stunning flower is a beautiful addition to any outdoor space. One study found that the oils in this flower can offer several hours of protection from mosquitos, according to Natural Living Ideas. Other bugs that stay away from this plant include Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs and tomato hornworms.

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