Having bugs in and around the home is a pain. So how can we minimize these bugs without exposing ourselves to chemicals. Here are 10 plants that repel unwanted insects.
The essential oils of these plants have also been known to deter pests as well. Put it in a spray bottle with vinegar and clean with it if you have pests in the house.
Peppermint is a great all around bug repellent. It is one of the most versatile plants that repel unwanted insects. It is used in organic commercial pest control or in mosquito repellents.
It is excellent for repelling mosquitoes.
The same scent that ails our insomnia and makes our linens smell amazing is absolutely disgusting to flies, moths and mosquitoes. Plant it if you have a sunny garden, or keep a few bouquets around to ward off the pests.
Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Not only does basil repel insects but have it in a pot in your house or outside and you have fresh basil all year long.
Here is another household herb that is great at repeling insects too. Oregano repels many different types of pests. Here is another reason to get your indoor herb garden started.
5. Lemon Grass
Lemon grass contains citronella oil. This is known to repel all sorts of insects but specifically mosquitoes. Note: it also might repel cats. Citronella essential oil can be used in a diy mosquito repellent. During outdoor bbq try burning a wick soaked in citronella oil to ward off mosquitoes.
Repels mosquitoes and a variety of insects harmful to vegetable plants. Rosemary is available in various forms. Plants can be grown in containers on a patio and shaped into ornamental pyramids, grown in herb gardens or planted in landscaped beds, where some varieties can grow quite large. Rosemary’s oils are as delicious to home cooks who use herbs as they are unpleasant to many insects. The plant itself and its cuttings are effective repellents. You can make a simple repellent spray by boiling 1 quart of dried rosemary in a quart of water for 20 to 30 minutes and then straining the liquid into a container at least a half-gallon in size that contains a quart of cool water. Put a cap on the combined liquid and store it in the refrigerator. Add the repellent to small squirt bottles as needed when going outdoors. Discard the remaining repellent in the refrigerator when it no longer has a strong telltale smell of rosemary.
Catnip repels ants, flea beetles, aphids, the japanese beetle, squash bugs, weevil, the colorado potatoe beetle, cabbage looper, and cockroaches. Indoors this would be especially appealing for cockroaches. It works best when small amounts of the plant are placed in areas that pests have been seen.
Repel aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs. Some people think of petunias as nature’s pesticide. They are popular mostly because they are available in a variety of bright colors, require such minimal maintenance they are almost foolproof to grow and can be grown in garden beds, containers or hanging baskets. Plant them in sunny areas near vegetables and herbs such as beans, tomatoes, peppers and basil.
The scent from various types of marigolds repels aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits. The roots of marigolds are well-known among farmers to repel nematodes, though those qualities require a year to take effect. Grow marigolds as an annual in most parts of the country, mixed in along the border of your flower beds or interspersed throughout your vegetable garden as they can also spur on the growth of certain plants, especially roses.
10. Scented Geranium
Place a pot of scented geranium near windows and doors in your house. This will help keep the insects from coming in from the outside. Although many varieties help deter bugs this Pelargonium citrosum Vanieenii will work for sure.