Unfortunately, citronella candles and bug spray can be smelly and packed with harmful chemicals. I hate feeling sticky from the sprays or breathing in the smoke from candles so here are some natural alternatives to keep the mosquitoes away.



Basil, lemongrass and rosemary repels mosquitos. Grow an herb garden or throw some rosemary or sage onto the grill the next time you grill.


Marigolds are easy to grow and their scent keeps mosquitoes away.

Tea Tree Oil

OK, it's not Chanel, but unless you want to get eaten alive, it's summer's hottest fragrance!


It's not just for your favorite feline. While cats go wild for catnip, mosquitoes hate the smell. Plant some around your house, and while you're at it, dry some up for Mittens!


Eating raw garlic or cooking with it can also repel mosquitoes for up to 6 hours. Odor-free garlic supplements also help.