5 Plants That Repel Bugs

06 Aug 2015

Summer is in full swing and at one point or another you might have found yourself weeding, watering and trimming the plants in your garden. To add to your well-cared-for garden, we’ve found five plants that every garden needs that not only are beautiful but will also provide an additional line of defense against annoying bugs.

Marigolds

This showy flower comes in the bright colors of red, yellow and orange. Gardeners may grow them from seed or buy them in full bloom from a local nursery and should position them in full sun. These plants have a very distinct and fragrant smell, which repels mosquitos. It also contains pyrethrum which is an ingredient used in insecticides.

Catnip

nepeta-cataria-718387Research shows that catnip contains a chemical that is ten times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitos. The odors and oils this plant produces is what repels pests and sometimes cats too (hence the name). It is a bushy green plant with little purple flowers that bloom from the main stems.

Lavender

Lavender produces a pleasant, sweet fragrance that many people enjoy. In fact, there are many types of soothing oils that are made from this plant. Lavender should be planted in full sun. While we may love it, moths, fleas, flies and mosquitos don’t. So if you’re looking to add a little blue and purple to your garden this is the flower you need.

Petunias

petunias-170331This is one of the most common flowers seen planted in neighborhood gardens. They are available in a variety of colors and are easy to take care of. Petunias repel aphids, tomatoes hornworms, beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs and should be planted in a sunny part of the garden.

Basil

Not only does this herb repels flies and mosquitoes but it also is a tasty ingredient in salads, soups, or pesto. It has a pungent smell that repels the bugs. Basil should be planted in moist soil and leaves should be pinched off after the first six weeks of being planted to encourage bushy growth and avoid flowering.

These plants will add color and variety to your garden and at the same time, will repel unwanted bugs. With these plants in your garden this summer, you can enjoy spending more time in your yard. For the more difficult pests, contact us to learn what the best treatment method is for your home.

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