Plants to keep bugs away

While bugs are necessary for maintaining nature’s delicate balances, they certainly are not welcome guests when you’re trying to enjoy some time in your garden or tea on the lawn. Fortunately, rather than using harsh chemicals to keep them at bay, you can plant specific flowers and plants to send a strong message to various insects.

Marigolds are lovely looking flowers and they are known to bloom during the spring and summer. They are usually orange or yellow in colour and they help keep mosquitos and flies away due to their strong scent. The plant is lush and green so, even when not in bloom, this flowering plant is a gorgeous addition to any garden.

If you have cats, you might like to add catnip to various parts of your garden. This plant blooms lovely purple flowers and is highly effective in repelling mosquitos. Of course, if you live in an area where there are plenty of cats, you might be hesitant since these plants might turn your garden into their favourite spot!

Citronella is a wonderfully fresh smelling plant and it’s also a top mosquito repellent. In fact, this grassy plant is so effective than many anti-mosquito sprays and lotions include its extract in their formula!

Rosemary offers many benefits and, when you grow this herb in your garden, you can use it in various dishes! Apart from the culinary benefits, rosemary also keeps various bugs away like many other herbs. This is mostly because it releases a fairly strong scent that we love but many insects cannot stand.

Like rosemary, mint is also handy as an insect repellent and in the kitchen. You can add a pot to your patio to keep mosquitos away and, if you like, you can even use fresh mint to make a mouthwash. Rinse with some mint and your fresh breath will help keep those thirsty bugs away. Mint is also great in various cocktails and as a garnish on many different dishes. Make the most of your mint plant!

If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it’s also important to understand the types of bugs that are attracted to these vegetables before planting suitable plants in between to keep these hungry bugs away. A few minutes of research will go a long way!