Repel unwanted insects by growing these plants in your garden

If you’re having problems with mosquitoes, gnats, and other pesky flies while sitting in your garden or patio, you don’t need to cover yourself with a sticky spray or engage in chemical warfare. Instead, try strategically placing insect-repelling plants in your garden or on your patio. From the people over at TreeHugger, here’s a list of plants you can add to your garden to effectively fend off unwanted insects.

Herbs: While basil and other herbs are not only great for bringing more flavor to your dishes, they’re also effective for repelling house flies and mosquitos.

Lavender: Used for centuries to add a pleasantly sweet fragrance to homes and clothes, the smell of lavender is known to ward off mosquitos, flies, and other pesky insects.

Lemongrass: You know how citronella is used often to keep mosquitos away? Well, citronella is a natural oil found in lemongrass, an ornamental grass that can grow up to four feet tall and three feet wide in one season. 

Lemon thyme: This plant itself won’t repel pesky mosquitos on its own. To do this, simply cut off a few stems and rub them between your hands. 

Mint: Another mosquito repeller, mint is best grown in pots rather than the ground because it spreads aggressively.

Rosemary: Rosemary’s oils are as delicious to home cooks who use herbs as they are unpleasant to many insects. The plant itself and its cuttings are effective repellents. You can make a simple repellent spray by boiling one quart of dried rosemary in a quart of water for 20 to 30 minutes and then straining the liquid into a container at least a half-gallon in size that contains a quart of cool water. Put a cap on the combined liquid and store it in the refrigerator. Add the repellent to small squirt bottles as needed when going outdoors.

Sage: Similar to rosemary, this perennial plant can be grown to ward off bugs and can be used to make a bug repellant spray.

Catnip: A member of the mint family, it contains a chemical called nepetalactone, which attracts cats but repels insects such as mosquitoes, flies, deer ticks, and cockroaches. 

Want a more extensive guide for how to grow and care for these insect-repelling plants, have a look right here.

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