As summer is here, the need for protection against insects and mosquitoes has increased as well. Fortunately, there are nine types of flowers and herbs that are regarded as the best bug repellents and they can also make your backyard more beautiful.
First are Marigolds because they have a beautiful color and a distinctive smell that repels many garden pests and mosquitoes, including tomato worms and squash bugs. Plus, a natural compound from Marigolds is used in many insect repellants.
Another good asset for your garden is Lavender. Bees are the only insects that like lavender, but others keep the distance. Lavender has essential oils in its leaves that release a pleasant smell. Fortunately, the bugs run away from it. Furthermore, this plant is resistant to drought.
Lemon grass is also an ideal insect repellant because it can grow up to 4 feet tall and contains citronella, a natural ingredient used mostly in mosquito repellants, such as torches and citronella candles. The plant itself has a strong smell, very effective against insects.
However, lemon grass is not resistant to frost, so it’s recommended to move it indoors during winter. Garlic is used not just as a source of food, but it can also serve as a deterrent to blood-sucking mosquitoes. Plus, if you plant it in the garden, it will prevent creepy crawlers and other insects.
Rosemary is also effective against mosquitoes, flies, and other bugs. In addition to this, you can use it in cooking. Its pungent scent is very powerful against cabbage moths. It is known to thrive in containers and hot, dry weather, so you can place it in many places in the garden.
Another ideal herb is Basil, as it tastes great and serves as a good insect repellent. Moreover, it has a very strong smell that keeps the mosquitoes away. Furthermore, everyone knows that cats love catnip. Nevertheless, mosquitoes don’t, and they will not come close to it. Catnip can be rubbed on your skin instead of using sprays.
Other ideal flowers are petunias. Besides their beautiful color, the licorice-like scent deters many bug pests, such as squash bugs, tomato hornworms, and aphids. However, these flowers are a risky choice because caterpillars and slugs are attracted to them.
Last but not least is mint. This plant has a great smell and taste, but mice and ants hate it. Nevertheless, it is hard to remove and spreads fast in the garden, so it’s better to keep it in a recipient. By placing some containers in your garden, you will repel mosquitoes and insects.
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