Instead of reaching for the bug spray, why not plant some plants that aren’t only pretty, they’re functional in keeping unwanted pests away. The great news is that these plants can be planted all year round.
- Lavender: Bees love this flower’s pleasant scent, but most other bugs including gnats, fleas, mosquitoes and moths will stay clear of it (it’s also why many people hang dried lavender in their closets). Plant a row of these purple blooms by a windowsill or doorway to keep the bugs out and enjoy having the earthy fragrance waft through your home.
- Chrysanthemums: When it comes to plants that repel ants, these pretty flowers are top of the class. In fact, a compound in chrysanthemums called pyrethrin is so effective at keeping bugs away that it’s used in many commercial insect sprays. Plant these guys anywhere you want to add a pop of color and also ward off ticks, beetles, roaches, silverfish and mosquitoes.
- Lemongrass. You may already be familiar with citronella’s pest-repelling powers, but did you know this magical oil is found in lemongrass? You’ll love this plant’s fresh, citrusy scent (try adding some in your next coconut curry) but mosquitoes won’t.
- Rosemary. Looking for an indoor plant that repels bugs? Your favourite roast chicken topping is also great at keeping cockroaches and mosquitoes out of your home. You can also plant this fragrant herb outside to help keep slugs and snails away. Speaking of herbs…
- Basil. This fragrant green herb is toxic to mosquito larvae and will also deter the carrot fly, asparagus beetles and whiteflies. You can definitely grow your basil plant indoors; keep in mind that it needs six to eight hours of full sunlight per day.
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