We all face bug problems at home. Be it any season, especially spring, bugs are always there and so are the annoying creatures called mosquitoes. And if there is an outside party, nothing ruins a patio party faster than mosquitoes (except maybe ants…or biting flies). Mosquitoes, flies, beetles and other pesky party poppers are mega-annoying when you’re trying to enjoy the outdoors—and even worse when they make their way inside. They are attracted to light, warmth, woods, other green areas and most importantly human scent. They are more active during the summer months so you should start preparing for their little bites. If you are sick and tired from all the mosquito products that contain unbelievable chemicals and if you don’t want to spray your living area with dangerous chemicals then scroll down for more. There are natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes and one of those ways are plants that repel mosquitoes. You will be surprised when you read the plant’s names because some of them may be in your home already. Just like how they can clean the air indoors, a few strategically placed plants will help ward off insects, allowing you to reside in peace.
Here are 10 bug repelling plants to try. And not only will these ward off unwanted critters, but you can use the herbs to make your next cookout even tastier!
These bright-colored beauties are often planted to repel squash bugs, beetles and aphids. They need a sunny spot, so try them near your vegetable garden or in a window box.
There’s an oil in basil that kills mosquito eggs. Plant basil in pots near gathering areas to ward off flies and mosquitoes, and to use in pesto!
These pretty, sun-loving plants are often used by farmers to keep pests at bay. They’ll help keep mosquitoes and aphids out of your yard.
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.
In addition to repelling mosquitoes, potent rosemary will help protect your vegetable plants from infestation.
This pleasant-smelling plant (along with its cousin lemon balm) helps repel biting insects. It’s best to plant mint in pots, because it will spread like crazy.
Also a member of the mint family, catnip repels bugs thanks to its nepetalactone—the same property that attracts cats. Go figure!
Pyrethrins, a compound that’s found in chrysanthemums and used in many commercial insect repellents, keeps mosquitoes, roaches, beetles, ticks and silverfish away.
Chives, leeks, onions, garlic, scallions and shallots fall into this group. They grow tall with pretty purple, white or pink flowers and help protect other veggies (and your yard) against slugs, flies and worms, although they can attract moths. Be warned that, like garlic and onions, allium plants can be extremely toxic to dogs and cats.
Citronella is the oil found in lemongrass (thus its slightly citrus-y scent). Lemongrass needs tons of sun, so most of us will have to enjoy it as an annual in the summer.
More bug-repelling tips:
- Remove any standing water, which is an instant breeding ground for bugs. Check bird baths and buckets!
- Keep food covered when eating outdoors
- Keep trash and recycling covered, and far away from where you’ll be hanging out outside
- Cucumber slices and chalk are known to be effective ant repellants
- Make citronella diffusers using essential oils and beeswax, or citronella candles
- Make a DIY diffuser, lemongrass lotion or lemon-mint patio spray
These plants can be easily planted at home. Thus create a mosquito free zone in your garden by growing these awesome mosquito repellent plants around your hangout area. So, if you’re trying to keep annoying pests at bay, place a few of these plants in containers strategically arrayed around your patio and deck. Then, get ready to enjoy some bug-free time outdoors and indoors.