Many different insect repellents and attractants are made using the fragrances and oils drawn from natural resources, i.e. plants. While there are plants which do, in fact, keep mosquitoes away and are not only majorly used in the production of insect repellents but are also used in gardens and landscape design, there are also many plants which attract insects such as mosquitoes.
The plants which attract mosquitoes are mainly those which contain nectar as both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar.
Many plants have flowers for that contain nectar, therefore, you can expect a lot of insects around them such as bees and mosquitoes. Furthermore, nectar-producing flowers emit carbon dioxide, another known mosquito attractant. If you are a lover of flowers and your whole backyard is filled with beautiful flowers, you might experience more mosquitoes around your house and in your backyard then your neighbors and friends.
But nectary plants and flowers are not the only ones that attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are drawn to water even more than to nectar as without water they cannot breed and create offspring. Some such watery plants include water lilies, water hyacinths, and water lettuce.
If you have a lot of plants which do not attract mosquitoes for food but require a lot of watering (or grow in flooded conditions), you might experience an increase in the number of mosquitoes hanging around your backyard.
The reason for this is that frequent watering will create a mosquito-friendly environment. The smallest amount of standing water attracts mosquitoes. Ivy and other ground cover vegetation can hold water as can holes in trees.
Did you know that those plants which attract mosquitoes can be successfully used in landscape architecture and in gardening? By planting them in the furthest corner of your backyard or in the places where people do not go as often, you can divert some mosquitoes away from the places which are used by people. However, keep in mind that female mosquitoes require blood in order to lay their eggs, so flowers won’t be enough to keep them all away.
Even if you avoid plants with nectar-filled flowers and do not plant water lilies, water lettuce, or water hyacinths, you can still attract mosquitoes to your property without realizing it.
Even if you have a backyard full of mosquito deterring plants, if you heavily water them or otherwise allow standing water to collect, there will still be mosquitoes coming into your backyard. Hence, it is not only important to know which plants attract mosquitoes and which ones deter them, but it is also important to know the biology and behavior of mosquitoes in order to successfully keep them as far from you as possible.
What can you do to avoid mosquitoes taking residence in your backyard?
The main thing you can do is to limit the amount of standing water you have in your yard. Do not overwater your yard or plants. Turn over all containers and objects that might collect rainwater or dew when you are not using them including old tires, empty flowerpots, pet bowls, and so on. Make sure that your pond or any other body of water is far enough from your main outdoor living area that the mosquitos attracted to that water source will not bother you due to the distance.
On top of that, there are different mosquito repelling methods you can use like using fans and spraying yourself with bug spray to further limit the chance that mosquitoes will come near you and bite you. This will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space even if there are plants that attract mosquitoes in your immediate area.