Normally, you would notice butterflies and bees flying and buzzing around your garden. It’s because plants are attracting them. But do you know that there are plants that do the opposite?… Instead of attracting, they repel insects and pests and they are quite effective. Using commercial insecticides can give a quick solution, but they are very toxic to humans and animals due to the lethal chemicals they are made of and they kill both beneficial and harmful insects and bugs in the process. Considering a green solution is always worthwhile and by growing pest repellent plants, you create a garden that is both alluring and functional.
These wonderful pest repelling plants have different ways of shooing them away. There are those that produces strong oils and scents, covering the smell of plants that insects are looking for. There are others that produce a very vicious scent or tastes that drives harmful insects away.
Here are some beautiful plants you may want to grow inside your home or backyard as a natural pest control.
Catnip. This herb effectively repels insects by the oil it produces which is 10 times more effective than DEET, a chemical used in most insecticides. They are best used against mosquitoes, ants, weevils, aphids, flea, and Japanese beetles.
Lavender. Very effective against gnats when planted in the garden. It also has a remarkable smell that can help you relax. They are best located around windows and doors to ward off mosquitoes.
Feverfew. It is also great against mosquitoes and other flying insects. The foliage produces a citrus-like smell that is repugnant to ants and aphids.
Artemisia. A wormwood plant that fends off moth, weevils, flies, fleas, mosquitos and even small animals by producing a powerful antiseptic.
Marigold. A well-known pest repelling plant. It is detrimental to a host of destructive insects including rabbits. Best used as companion plants to provide protection. Plant them together with your tomato.
Venus flytrap. A very famous carnivorous plant. It feed on insects by trapping them in a mouth like contraption that closes when a hair is struck by the insect.
Chrysanthemums. An all-natural pesticide that drives away Japanese beetle, aphids, spider mites, harlequin bugs and leafhopper.
Garlic. A very potent plant to use in repelling various pests like spider mites and fruit flies. It protects other plants by confusing insects with their smell.
Chive. Uses its aromatic scent to protect other plants by confusing insects that attacks them.
These are just some of many natural pest control plants. Identify destructive insects and bugs in your garden and grow the best plant to do the job. Have fun gardening!
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