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7 Insect Repellant Plants to Add to Your Garden Today!
Forget bug spray, just add some of these amazing plants to your garden to keep pesky bugs away.
If you’re looking for a more natural way to keep bugs away, you can put down the chemical-laden sprays. Instead, there are tons of plants you can add to your garden to prevent harmful bugs and mosquitos from making your time outside anything but enjoyable! Additionally, these plants will add beauty to your garden and some of them will even add flavor to your meals.
Basil smells amazing to us humans, but to flies and mosquitos, it’s a huge turnoff. Basil is best kept damp and requires a good amount of sunlight. You can often find basil plants at the supermarket, and they can be left in containers or planted directly into your garden. To make a natural bug spray using basil, pour 5 ounces of boiling water into a container holding 4-6 ounces of fresh basil leaves. Let it seep like tea for several hours, then remove the leaves and squeeze all of their moisture into the mixture. Add 4 ounces of inexpensive vodka to the basil-water mixture. Place it in a spray bottle in the refrigerator until ready to use.
And to make a delicious pesto, check out this recipe from Yum.
What can this plant not do? Aside from its calming and sleep-inducing effects, lavender is also a repellant to all sorts of pests. It’s even rumored to hinder a mosquito’s sense of smell! Lavender is drought-resistant, making it an easy plant to keep alive. The oil extracted from lavender can be placed on your skin as a natural repellant. We’re fans of this roll-on essential oil from Plant Therapy.
Another kitchen favorite, mint is repellent to mosquitoes. Mint can aggressively spread, so it’s best to be grown in pots. Mint is an ideal plant for hot summer days -- both to keep bugs away and to enjoy in a glass of refreshing mint iced tea. To make this tea on the fly, simply add about an ounce of fresh mint to a glass jar or even better, a French press, and cover it with boiling water. Let it seep for 5-10 minutes, and then use the plunger of the French press or a colander to strain out the leaves. Pour directly over ice, add sweetener as desired, and enjoy!
This is the perfect herb to add to chicken, fish, or meat. We love its woody scent and mosquitoes, moths, and flies hate it! Rosemary does best in hot and dry climates and has great success in containers. To make a repellant with something you likely already have in your pantry, use dried rosemary. Add one cup of dried rosemary to a quart of water and boil it for about a half hour. Then, pour a quart of cold water into a second container and strain the rosemary water into it. Pour the combined mixture into a spray bottle and you now have natural insect repellent.
If you prefer to have a drink with rosemary, check out this cocktail (or mocktail) list.
Sage is similar to rosemary in that it is a perennial plant that can be grown on planters or in a landscape bed. For those who enjoy camping around a fire, don’t forget the sage. When you toss it into a fire, the fragrant smoke will ward off insects. You can also sub out the dried rosemary in the repellant above for sage, and it will have the same effects!
You’re probably already aware of citronella candles as a way to ward off bugs, but did you know that citronella comes from the lemongrass plant? It is a natural oil found in lemongrass. Lemongrass is a low-maintenance plant that will grow well in planters. Or, if you live in warmer climates, it flourishes in the ground in a sunny, well-drained spot. It’s also delicious in many Thai dishes!
These gorgeous yellow and orange flowers will stand out in your garden for their beauty, and we praise them for their ability to repel aphids, mosquitos, white flies, and a bunch of other unwanted bugs! They are an easy to grow annual flower. Mix them along the border of your flower beds or interspersed throughout your vegetable garden.