What plants are best for pest control? It’s no secret that many of Maggie’s Farm pest control products are formulated with natural plant oils as the active ingredients. The plant oils we use are perfect for killing and repelling insect pests from your home and yard. But what about keeping bugs away before they even show up in your garden or kitchen?
One quick and easy way to keep pests in check is to strategically plant insect-repelling plants in your garden and even inside your home. Insects steer clear of these plants because their inherent fragrance works as a natural bug repellent (just like in many of our products!).
Here are some plants, flowers, and herbs that can help take the bug pressure off when stubborn insect pests want to invade your garden or kitchen!
Basil is an effective solution for repelling mosquitoes, houseflies, asparagus beetles, whiteflies, and carrot flies, to name a few. Another thing: growing basil is very easy since you can buy pre-contained basil plants to plant it in your garden and elsewhere. If you plant this herb near doors and other outdoor areas, you will annoy plenty of pests. Be strategic in your placement of it as basil is a one-year plant, and it needs plenty of sun and water to survive.
Peppermint exudes a powerful fragrance that many pests, including ants, mosquitoes, spiders, aphids, squash bugs, whiteflies, flea beetles, and cabbage loopers strongly dislike. You can grow peppermint in a pot indoors or outdoors to help contain its growth.
Lavender has been known for centuries to add a sweet, soothing aroma to homes and clothes. It’s also excellent for pest control since it helps repel fleas, moths, mosquitoes, flies, and even scorpions. The lavender plant is easy to maintain since it is known to be able to survive all weather conditions, though it particularly thrives in the sunny areas of your garden and near entrances to your home.
Mint is not only delicious in your tea, it helps to repel aphids, mosquitoes, flies, cabbage moths, and even ants. You can plant mint plants indoors and lay sprigs of mint among the plants in your garden that you want to protect. This way mint plants won't spread and take over the garden, but remember that the sprigs need to be replaced often. Speaking of mint plants, catmints (including catnip) have been found to be more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes and ants.
Rosemary, Thyme, & Other Herbs
The aromatic rosemary plant aids in keeping away mosquitoes, flies, cabbage moths, snails, slugs, and the carrot fly as well as other species of insect pests that are harmful to plants, but it's also handy to know that mosquitoes, in particular, hate the scent of it! Rosemary can be grown in containers or in your garden. Other herbs you can add to your kitchen or garden to help repel insects include thyme, parsley, fennel, oregano, and bay leaves. All of these herbs are easy to maintain.
The beautiful chrysanthemum flower is known to ward off many pests, including roaches, ants, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, aphids, spider mites, bed bugs, and the Japanese beetle. Chrysanthemums have been known to protect other plants from insects as well.
Petunias are often referred to as a natural pesticide, as they are known to repel a variety of pests. Their upkeep is easy and they are available in a variety of bright colors. They look great in sunny areas near your herbs or vegetables.
Marigolds are frequently used for pest control as their scent repels mosquitoes and aphids, in particular. Plant them in sunny areas of your garden. If you have a vegetable garden, you can plant marigolds to provide splashes of color.
Please note that while these plants, herbs, and other flowers are excellent deterrents for several different types of pests in your kitchen and garden, planting them alone is not a complete way to treat for pesky bugs. Check out our guide for other things you can do to help rid your home, yard, and garden of pests. For more severe pest infestations, we always recommend calling pest control company.
What are your favorite ways to get rid of pests naturally from your home, yard, and garden? Post a comment. We’d love to hear from you!
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