Several plants will keep bugs away! Whether you are an organic food, don’t use chemicals person or you have small children or pets that make using bug sprays dangerous, finding a natural way to repel bugs from your home and living space is important.
Many of these plants can be planted in the yard, others are rather invasive and will either need to be well tended to keep them from taking over, or potted. Potting plants to use on your deck are a perfect solution, but no matter how, use them.
There are several herbs that you can use to repel bugs. Not only that, they make a wonderful addition to your cooking! Basil repels house flies and mosquitoes. It’s also a great addition to most roasts, and other recipes.
Lemongrass repels mosquitoes, as the oil extracted from it is citronella. It grows to be very tall, so be aware, but it’s also awesome on chicken and pork!
Lemon thyme repels mosquitoes as well, but only when the leaves are crushed.
Mint is another mosquito repellant. It will definitely take over gardens, so pot this one. It smells wonderful and is great in iced tea. Mint is also great for digestive discomfort.
Rosemary is a very fragrant herb that will repel a variety of insects. It’s an amazing herb that has a lot of uses beyond the kitchen.
If your rose bushes are being eaten alive, plant chives between the bushes. They will repel the aphids and Japanese beetles and have a pretty purple flower if you let it go to flower.
Speaking of flowers, several of them repel bugs too.
Lavender is technically an herb, but it’s beautiful purple flowers and their telltale smell repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes. It has a plethora of uses in the home and for your health.
Alliums are tall flowering plants that repel numerous bugs (chives fall in this family).
Chrysanthemums are always popular in the fall, but they are fantastic at repelling roaches, ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs and root-knot nematodes, due to the pyrethrum in it.
Marigolds repel aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits. Nasturtiums release an airborne chemical that repels whiteflies, squash bugs, aphids, many beetles and cabbage loopers.
Petunias repel aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs.
There are so many more, but just these few can make your deck and garden bug free and beautiful.