Mosquitoes are attracted to cool, shady areas with lots of plants that provide protection from the sun and wind
Ever wonder how mosquitoes seem to find you the moment you step outside? Lush yard vegetation serves as the perfect hangout spot for mosquitoes to rest before searching for their next blood meal. 🩸
Some examples of mosquito-attracting vegetation:
Common SoCal Yards Require Lots of Water
Ever heard of stagnant water? Mosquitoes have-- and they use it to hatch into biting adults. Oftentimes, water is captured and left behind after watering a yard. This forgotten stagnant water ends up as a mosquito breeding ground. 💧
One bite can allow a female mosquito to produce over 200 eggs!
Don't forget to check:
- French drains (water pooling on tarp)
- Bromeliads (middle cups can hold stagnant water)
- Underground corrugated pipe (grooves can hold water)
- Small plant saucers hold enough water to grow mosquitoes
- Drains around the property
- Watering cans
My Yard is Bone Dry, But I Still See Mosquitoes
There will always be mosquitoes in San Gabriel Valley. Just like bad weather, we can adapt to the situation (removing stagnant water), but there is more you can do.
Wear light, long sleeved shirts and pants 👖
Use repellent on exposed skin (Learn MORE) 🦵
Plants that Attract Less Mosquitoes
California native plants and xeriscaping are beneficial and natural solutions for reducing the amount of mosquitoes that bite while you're working in the yard. While they don't repel mosquitoes, they certainly provide less factors that mosquitoes love in traditional yard plants.
Enjoy our curated list of native plants! 🌱
What Doesn't Work
Repellent Plants - Contrary to popular belief, plants that have repelling "odors" don't work effectively. Unless you grind the plants to release the smell, and apply it to your skin, the plants will not keep mosquitoes away from you.
Repellent fans and candles - There is no scienfitic proof that in a real-world setting that these repellents work. A breeze through your backyard can carry the effectiveness away from you.