Are you annoyed with all the creeping, crawling insects, flies, and mosquitoes around you? These unwanted guests in our house make us feel like an insect magnet. Using insecticides, insect repellents, or sprays seems like a quick fix, but it is not a healthy option. It not only harms our skin and body but is also harmful to the environment. Worry no more because you would be surprised to know that there is a natural, harmless, and even beautiful solution to this menace. There are amazing plants that repel insects, house flies, ticks, ants, and garden pests.
You can keep these plants in your garden, house, or flower beds. Plant them where the insects accumulate the most.
Lemongrass, also known as the citronella plant, is an Asian origin ornamental plant that can grow up to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Known for their medicinal value, these herbs are also an excellent mosquito repellant. Citronellas is the natural oil found in lemongrass that mosquitoes dislike. Plant these in easy to move planters so you can keep them in places where the mosquito menace you the most. The best thing about lemongrass is that you can also add it to salad dressing and many other cuisines.
Basil is a popular food ingredient in many parts of the world. It is used in salad dressings, chicken, and pork recipes and goes well with various soups, but the most amazing benefit of this delicious herb that not many know is that it is a wonderful house fly and mosquito repellant. You can keep the basil in small containers and keep it at places where you relax or read your favorite books, and those pesky insects will leave you alone.
You can also make the fresh basil into an efficient insect repellent spray. The process to make this repellant is easy, pour 4 ounces of boiling water into a container containing 4 ounces of fresh basil leaves. Let it settle for a few hours, then squeeze the leaves to extract all of the oils and moisture from them. In the final touch, add 4 ounces of vodka, and you are good to go. You can store this in the refrigerator and use it whenever you need it.
While we love the pleasant fragrance of lavender, the fleas, flies, mosquitoes, and moths hate it. You can keep the lavender bouquets at places you have a fly or insect problem. You can also plant it in your entryways or garden to keep the home pest-free. The oil extracted from lavender can also be used as a mosquito repellent when applied to the skin. Plus, it nourishes your skin. Lavender is also helpful in inducing sleep and calm. It has been used for centuries in homes for its fragrance and insect-repelling abilities.
Bay leaves are a prime source of ingredients in sauces, soups, and Indian curries, but the thing that makes it even more important is its ability to repel insects. Sprinkling dry bay leaves at incest infested areas can help you get rid of these creepy-crawly creatures. The pungent smell produced by the bay leaves is repelling to the insects. Make sure that the leaves are replaced after every few days, as the smell wears off and the insects may return. Bay leaves are as powerful as some insecticides, so keeping them in your house can be a smart, healthy, and effective method to wade off the bug problem.
This is a tough herb and can thrive in any condition or place. They can grow in rocky soil, shallow soil, or dry soil. Plant them in your herb garden, kitchen, or even your rock garden. As long as these get adequate sun, they will flourish well. This plant is a good mosquito repellent, but the lemon thyme on its own cannot repel the insects; bruise the leaves in order to work properly. Cut a few stems and rub them in your palms. The scent of this plant’s leaves on your skin would repel the mosquitoes for days.
It is a beautiful flower family, which includes flowers like Giant Allium. These are known to possess natural insecticide properties. They are very effective in vegetable gardens and repel off a number of insects like aphids, slugs, cabbage worms, carrot flies, and Japanese beetles. They are very useful if you are growing plants like peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, etc. The alliums family includes leeks, shallots, chives, and garlic chives.
Marigolds look beautiful in the house. Other than their pleasant appearance, the lesser-known fact about them is that they are also excellent insect and mosquito repellent. They are also said to repel rabbits, and farmers use them to protect against plant-parasitic nematodes. Marigold protect the tomato plants from whiteflies due to the chemical limonene released in these plants. It is an all year plant and can be kept anywhere in the house where there is sunlight.
Consider starting a kitchen garden with some of these plants to ward off the pesky fruit flies or other insects in your home. Luckily, these plants are all stunning and smell delightful, so they are great additions to your home or outdoor gardens. They all carry many benefits, and they don’t require a green thumb, so anyone can keep them alive.