We often turn to chemical sprays and repellents when it comes to keeping pests out of our homes and yards, but sometimes Mother Nature provides us with everything we need. If you are a keen gardener, you may already know that various plants and herbs have long been used for their insect-repelling qualities. Here are a few of the best that you can plant to keep unwanted insects away.
Plants that Repel Termites
There are many plants that gardeners swear prevent termites from making their homes in your yard. Termites are especially unwanted because they can cause serious damage by boring into wood. So which plants can you use to deter them?
Catnip has long been a favorite for preventing termites. Its essential oil has been used for controlling termites for years, and many gardeners like to plant it to try to deter termites.
Chili peppers are another good deterrent for termites. Whether you just plant them in your yard, or you use them to make a spray that you can then apply to wood, these can be very effective.
Marigolds are also known to repel insects, as well as mint and garlic. The bonus is that all of these are lovely plants and herbs to have in your garden anyway.
Plants that Repel Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are one of the biggest problem pests during the summer months, and mosquito bites can be horrible. But there are a number of plants that you can use to help prevent them being a problem.
One of the classic plants is citronella, which has long been used as an insect repellent. Catnip is another, and there are even suggestions that this can be more effective than DEET.
Marigolds are again a popular option, and herbs like peppermint and lemon thyme could also be effective.
Other Pest Controlling Plants
As well as the above plants for preventing mosquito and termite problems, there are others that you may want to try out in your yard. For example, basil is a great option because it can help to repel flies, and it also tastes great when eaten in a salad.
Lavender is another great pest repelling plant to have in the yard. This can help to repel a number of insects including flies, moths, and mosquitoes. It also releases a lovely fragrance that is welcome in any garden.
Rosemary is the perfect herb for repelling many insects. Plant it around your vegetables to prevent nasty bugs feeding on your garden, and also enjoy its mosquito-repelling properties. Other plants including alliums and chrysanthemums could also prevent insects, so you may want to plant a few.
Get Rid of Pests that Have Made Your Home Their Own
While all of these plants and herbs can be useful as preventative measures, if you already have a pest problem in your home, you may want to take action to get rid of the unwanted guests. In this case, you could turn to DIY pest control, or you may want to turn to a professional New Orleans pest control service to get rid of them for good.
Keep the Pests Away Naturally
These are just some of the plants and herbs that you can plant in your garden to help repel unwanted insects. If you want to keep mosquitoes, termites, and other pests at bay using natural methods, try some of these plants out for yourself and enjoy some natural pest prevention in your home and yard.
President of Fischer Environmental Services, Robert Kunst is also an editorial consultant for Pest Control Technologies Magazine and was inducted into the Pest Control Hall of Fame in 2010; the industry’s highest honor.
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