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Plants That Help Repel Pests

By: Lisa Bobiak



There are a great many additions to your landscape and container gardens that help repel nasty bugs and pests. Especially around your pool, patio and deck. Where you are most likely to hang out enjoying friends and family. Now's the time to plan and get your yard ready for the warmer months.

Mother Nature to the rescue. Which is only fair since she helped create the pests that bug us in the first place. Adding these multi-tasked plants in your garden is a good way to start.

Tea...anyone? Mint will run off mice and ants...but all so welcoming to us and our invited guest. Peppermint can give us clean smelling breath that attracts closeness but it does the opposite for many insects. The odor drives mosquitoes, ants, beetles, fleas, flies, lice and moths away. The next plant goes by several names Horsemint, Bee balm and Lemon balm, has several benefits to our health while making a really good cup of tea. The strong incense-like odor helps promote our relaxation while confusing mosquitoes by masking the smell of you and your family. However, attracting the honey bees and butterflies.

Roaches are repelled by dried Bay leaves as well as many other pantry pests like mice and ants. Lemongrass which smells and looks great in container gardens, repel those blood sucking mosquitoes. Basil detracts flies but add some pine nuts and you get pesto for you! Also the Lemon Basil and Cinnamon Basil repels mosquitoes.

Other lovely looking plants that look good and serve a dual purpose are Geraniums and Marigolds. Mosquitoes and Japanese beetles shun the geraniums while their pretty colors enhance any container garden. Especially in their hanging variety. A rabbit may be cute in the petting zoo but not so much in your garden. So make sure you add Marigolds around your garden's border. Not only will they keep the hopping fuzzy tails away. Mosquitoes don't like them as well. Warning though, don't put marigolds on the patio table since the bright blooms may attract wasps.

A cart load of bugs including roaches, ticks, bedbugs, lice, silverfish, ants and so much more are repelled by the multi-colored varieties of Chrysanthemums, or mums. Add the Lavender plant which may look delicate and has a light scent. Is anything but soft towards mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs, lice and moths. Citronella grass is an ornamental grass that is perfect around walkways and seating areas and its strong fragrance can deter mosquitoes. When purchasing look for the true varieties, Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winteriannus. These two are the only true varieties with the repelling qualities. Painted Daisy or Pyrethrum is another pretty addition to anyone's garden. Although many pests like mosquitoes, aphids, leaf hoppers, spider mites, ticks and bed bugs will pass them by.

Other plants that are good for repelling mosquitoes but great additions to container gardens are Rosemary, Garlic and Clove. You will have the added benefit of adding them to your favorite recipes. There's one more plant to add to your garden-Catnip. Your cat will be happy, but the Mosquitoes and flies will say no thanks!

Now that you get an idea of how many different plants there are to deter unwanted pests. You will have a hard time choosing which one you want. Although, you can't go wrong with any decision. You, family and invited guest will get to reap the benefits of these multitasked plants. While they deter the uninvited pests from using your yard. Enjoy the warmer months and get outside and garden!

Check these additional links for more information:
http://www.canadiangardening.com/how-to/pests-and-diseases/six-plants-that-repel-mosquitoes/a/42758/2
http://eartheasy.com/blog/2011/04/5-easy-to-grow-mosquito-repelling-plants/

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