5 Plants that Repel Unwanted Bugs
Natural solutions to classic pest problems
By Laura Honsinger
Keeping your garden free of pests is the first step to keeping those same pests out of your house. There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy your garden and being swarmed with disease carrying mosquitoes. Many of these plants keep the blood suckers (and other creepy crawlies) at bay:
Loved by people but hated by gnats and mosquitos! Not only does it smell nice, it repels those pesky pests and can be used for craft cocktails, baking, and relaxation!
This root bulb keeps away more than just vampires. Japanese beetles hate it along with some underground pests that may go after your root veggies. Root maggots, carrot root flies, codling moths, and aphids are all deterred by it. Also… garlic is just plain delicious.
The mum might be the best option out there for pest control. Bugs absolutely hate mums and your garden will be spared from: harlequin bugs, lice, silverfish, bed bugs, ants, roaches, Japanese beetles, spider mites, and ticks.
Not just a tasty herb, mint will deter spiders, ants, and mosquitos from wherever it is planted. Be careful where you put it though, it tends to spread rapidly. Keeping it potted and near entryways is a good solution!
Plant lice, mosquitos, and even rabbits don’t like marigolds. Plant in your vegetable garden to keep rascally rabbits away from your harvest.
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