Keeping your yard mosquito-free is a never-ending chore.

When swarms of mosquitoes repel us from our own backyards and patios, most Idahoans will try just about anything to reclaim our territory.

Photo by Erik Karits on Unsplash // Canva
Photo by Erik Karits on Unsplash // Canva


Sprays, citronella candles, bug lights and zappers, salt guns, prayer—even when they join forces, these methods provide temporary relief at best.

The mosquito struggle is real, but it doesn't have to be.

Believe it or not, there's another mosquito repellent we bet a lot of us haven't tried yet: plants. Simple and cheap, nine plant varieties could be the solution to our mosquito problems.

Planting the right greeny in our yards and gardens can actually make for a natural first line of defense against one of nature's most irritating insects.

Photo by Antony BEC on Unsplash
Photo by Antony BEC on Unsplash

Not only will the nine plants in the gallery below keep blood-sucking arthropods at bay, they also come bearing the gifts of beauty and heavenly aromas. What's not to love about that?

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9 Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitos

Got a green thumb? Here are 9 plants to consider for your garden that naturally repel mosquitos.

Gallery Credit: Will Phillips

15 Wildflowers You're Forbidden to Pick in Idaho

Before you pull over to pick a bundle of beautiful flowers for your dining room table, think twice. It's actually illegal to gather more than a dozen kinds of wildflowers in Idaho.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

6 Terrific Trees For Idaho Yards & 1 That Destroys Them

Like buying real estate, planting trees is all about location, location, location! To help you avoid the "right tree, wrong yard" headache, we turned to the Gardening Dad to help us choose six terrific trees for Idaho yards. While we were at it, we learned of one tree in particular has the power to destroy your yard.

Before you start digging, make sure you're planting the right tree in the right place! Check out our favorite picks for trees that thrive in Idaho.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

12 Idaho House Bugs You Should Never Ever Step On

Who knows? Unless, like me, you despise the existence of centipedes, these bugs could be the most helpful, low-key houseguests you'll ever have.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

8 Things Old School Idaho Kids Did With Dandelions

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19 Plants to Attract Beautiful Butterflies to Your Idaho Garden

Whether you want to boost biodiversity or amplify the presence of beautiful, fluttering butterflies in your yard, plant one (or all) of the following plants in your Idaho garden!

Idaho homeowners, click here to turn your yard into a monarch conservation habitat for the state of Idaho!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

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