Warmer temperatures mean being outdoors more and being outdoors more in the summer naturally mean pesky BUGS. Mosquitos, flies and ants are especially bothersome when we are home trying to enjoy a BBQ or family time outside.
We gathered a list of a few plants that naturally repel bugs here:
repels house flies and mosquitoes
Basil can be grown easily and inexpensively and it is toxic to mosquito larvae.
repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes
People love the smell of lavender but mosquitoes, flies and other unwanted insects despise it. Plant in a sunny area!
repels mosquitos, flies, deer ticks and cockroaches
Catnip is relatively easy to grow but can become invasive in your garden so be careful where you plant.
repels roaches, ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs and root-knot nematodes
Pyrethrum is the ingredient in chrysanthemums that is used in many commercial insect repellents.
Citronella is the oil found in lemongrass. Plant in a pot or the ground in a sunny, well-drained location.
Plant mint in pots, because it will spread like crazy.
Will also protect your vegetable plants!