Did you know? There are effective pest control methods for your backyard that are organic and attractive as well. One effective technique is to use plants in container arrangements to deter insects and pests around your patio and property.

Plants are natural, low-maintenance options for reducing the number of unwanted pests on your patio or in your yard. Additionally, they beautify your surroundings. Consider incorporating these insect-repelling plants on your property for a greener solution.


Lavender has been used for generations to give houses and clothing drawers a lovely scent, but it’s also a great plant for pest control as it deters flies, mosquitoes, and fleas. Place your lavender plants around your outdoor seating areas to repel flies and other insects. Afterwards, dry some of the flowers to hang around the house.

Lavender is a low-maintenance plant that can grow in any weather, making it an excellent choice for busy homeowners. It’s rich purple color adds a splash of interest as well.


Citronella is a commonly used compound in insect repellents due to its potent scent, which masks mosquito attractants. The essential oils found in citronella grass are also effective at repelling insects.

This plant can grow up to an impressive three feet in just one season. While it can’t withstand the harsh winters of Chicago, this sun-loving, low-maintenance plant is an ideal choice for seasonal patio containers.


Basil is another plant that can be used as an insect repellent. An ideal plant for container arrangements,  it does require plenty of sunlight and water to thrive, so its placement should be carefully considered.

Chicago gardeners appreciate basil for its unique aroma. The dark-green leaves of this one-year plant can be used to add flavor to your favorite dishes. Additionally, it’s an effective herb for repelling insects, including mosquitoes. While sweet basil is commonly used in cooking, cinnamon and lemon basil are the best options for mosquito repellent. Ask us about these varieties for an attractive and functional container garden display.


Rosemary is another effective insect deterrent. Many of us are familiar with this herb, and its woodsy aroma can help keep mosquitoes, cabbage moths, and carrot flies at bay.

While we may find the scent of rosemary appealing, common bugs dislike it. This versatile plant can thrive both indoors and outdoors and provides additional pest control benefits inside the home. Work with our landscaping professionals to design planters that incorporate rosemary for your outdoor space.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, also known as horsemint, is a distinctive plant that can effectively keep mosquitoes away from your yard. However, it’s important to note that lemon balm plants can quickly spread and take over a small area. For this reason, landscaping professionals often recommend planting it in a pot instead of directly in the ground. This plant is fast-growing, drought-resistant, and self-seeding.

You can place a lemon balm plant near a window or on your patio to observe the activity of bees and butterflies that are attracted to its unique aroma, which can help promote pollination.

Refine Your Outdoor Living Space With The NL Group!

In this article, we’ve outlined alternative ways to keep mosquitoes and insects at bay. These plants deter insects by emitting fragrant odors into your surroundings while deterring pesky mosquitoes with their natural scents. 

At The NL Group, we specialize in creating beautiful backyards, including plant container arrangements that are functional and aesthetically pleasing. These planters can be placed in sunny spots around your patio or next to the front door of your home.

Incorporating the plants we list in this article onto your patio or your property will add to your landscape design in Barrington, IL. These plants can help naturally repel mosquitoes, making your time spent outdoors more enjoyable.

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