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7 Plants that Can Help Repel Pests

You are probably aware of at least one plant (or natural oil from a plant) that humans have been using for many years to repel a particular pest. In this article we will list the top plants that you can add to your yard or garden that are well-known to do so.

  1. Marigolds – Calendula, also called pot marigold, is a flowering plant that produces pretty orangish-yellow flowers. The scent from this plant repels various types of mosquitoes and when used in conjunction with other plants can be quite effective.
  2. Petunias – A common flower in North America, and very beautiful, petunias (pictured) help repel certain species of bugs. You can plant them in sunny areas of your yard or in your garden near other plants.
  3. Chrysanthemum – Another flowering plant that repels bugs such as ticks, roaches, lice and fleas.
  4. Rosemary – This plant is used as a herb in foods. It especially goes good with pasta sauce and on meats. A side benefit is that insects find rosemary unpleasant and usually avoid it.
  5. Citronella – If you have lived in Florida for any period of time you know all about this plant. The oil from this plant repels mosquitoes and is commonly harvested and used in anti-mosquito candles.
  6. Lavender – The sweet smell of lavender is kept around the house as a pleasant fragrance. But lavender in its natural habitat repels bugs including flies, mosquitoes and fleas.
  7. Basil – Another garden herb that doubles as a pest repellent. Plant it near the doors and window to repel house flies and other bugs. It needs a lot of sun and water to survive so Florida is a good environment for it.

We hope you have enjoyed our list of plants that you can utilize to repel pests around your home. Please feel free to share this article with your friends and family. Knowledge is power.

28 Mar

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