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What Smells Do Mosquitoes Hate? Make Sure To Use These 10 This Summer

Mosquitoes are a major nuisance in the summer, but using smells they dislike can help keep them at bay.

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Scents from candles, plants, and essential oils are effective, natural methods to repel mosquitoes. What’s more, many scents that mosquitoes avoid are pleasant to us, like spa aromas. Of course, commercial mosquito traps are also an option.

So, which smells do mosquitoes dislike? Here are 10 scents to use in your backyard:


Citronella candles are a popular choice for mosquito control. No summer event is complete without these candles flickering on the tables. Citronella, derived from lemongrass, emits a lemony scent that mosquitoes avoid.


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Rosemary’s strong, herbal scent is loved by humans but hated by mosquitoes. This herb, often used in Mediterranean cooking, can be planted in pots around your patio or used in homemade sprays with rosemary oil.

Lemon Balm

For citrus lovers, lemon balm is a boon. Its strong lemon scent, similar to mint, is great for teas and repelling mosquitoes. Plant it around your deck for a mosquito-free zone.


Mosquitoes are turned off by the smell of coffee. Distributing used coffee grounds in your garden not only recycles them but also keeps mosquitoes away.


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Lavender’s soothing scent is pleasant for us but repellent to mosquitoes. Plant it around your seating area or use lavender oil in DIY bug sprays.


Known for attracting cats, catnip also repels mosquitoes. Plant it in your garden or rub the crushed leaves on your skin as a natural repellent.


Garlic’s strong smell drives mosquitoes away. For effective use, cut cloves and scatter them around your outdoor spaces to enjoy mosquito-free time.


The refreshing scent of eucalyptus not only calms humans but also repels mosquitoes. Plant eucalyptus or use products with its scent for protection.


Like citrus, mosquitoes detest the smell of peppermint. This fast-growing plant can quickly cover your garden, providing a mosquito barrier. Alternatively, use peppermint oil directly on your skin.


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Marigolds not only beautify your garden but also release a mosquito-repellent scent. Grow them or use marigold oil in a spray to keep mosquitoes away.

Using these scents can enhance your summer by reducing the presence of pesky mosquitoes.