Can’t seem to have some fun in the sun when there are lingering insects nibbling you, your family, and your garden? Well, there’s nothing pest control can’t handle. However, if you prefer a more natural way of eradicating nasty bugs gnawing on your orchids, a repellant that won’t harm family members such as small children and pets, then we have the right solution for you – plants that are natural deterrent to specific insects! Planting them around your lawn won’t only guarantee an eye-catching and fragrant garden, but it will also reduce annoying pests lurking about.
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There’s no denying that the aroma of lavender is divine. It’s even safe to say that a lot of people favor its fragrance among others. Despite this, we can’t say the same thing for some insects. Tiny critters, such as fleas, flies, and mosquitoes, are absolutely disgusted by its foul stench that they would rather stay away from it than spend the day annoying you. Sweet on our noses yet disgusting for insects,planting lavender all over your garden or harvesting them to place it inside your house is a good way of keeping these insects at bay.
Who said chrysanthemums can only be displayed in funerals? Prove society wrong and go against the norm by planting loads of them in your garden! We are definitely not pulling your leg here. Chrysanthemums are like knights in shining armor because they are meant to accompany other plants to protect them. They are known to repel jumper and flyer insects that usually plague most gardens. In addition, not only will Chrysanthemums bring beauty in your home, they will also repel certain pests like lice, silverfish, and cockroaches. You read that right, COCKROACHES! If you ask us, any flower that can keep away those creepy crawlies is impressive in our books.
Truly a renaissance herb; not only does basil go great in your salads, but it can also double as a repellent against mosquitoes, making them think twice before grabbing a bite from your delicious, non-meat delicacy. Joking aside though, basil herbs have plenty of uses that do not involve cooking. As suggested before, they can be used to ward off common pests in your home such as mosquitoes and houseflies. Because of the odor it gives off (the most potent are cinnamon and lemon basil), planting them in your outdoor and indoor gardens is enough to keep these insects at a distance. But you can also take things up a notch by turning basil extracts into a natural insect repellent solution to further protect yourself once you step out of the comfort of your home.
Besides being pretty at most, marigolds play a big role in gardening, and that is to keep unwanted pests from roaming around. Mostly used as decorative bordering, marigolds do a good job when it comes to pest prevention. And good news for vegetable gardeners, they are also good at keeping away pests that have a genuine love for tomatoes. In spite of this, though marigolds do an excellent job in keeping mosquitoes away, it is not advisable to keep them inside your homes as their bright colors may attract wasps. In other words, indoor marigolds are a no-no.
Aesthetically pleasing, yet effective pest repellents, who said multitasking isn’t possible? If you have a penchant for the ‘all natural’, try these insect repelling plants. Not only will they help in improving you and your family’s health and lifestyle, it will also help keep a healthy ecosystem in your garden.
Kimberly Marie Gayeta (Kimmy)is a Communications Degree holder, passionate writer, currently working as a local Public Relations Officer and an online Marketing Representative for Sentricon Philippines.
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