During the summer, mosquitoes, flies, and spiders often find their way into homes. While you can always reach for insect repellent, do you really want to spray that stuff around your living space? Especially in sensitive areas like the kitchen, using repellents might not be the best option.
Instead, consider bringing some harmless garden plants indoors that insects can’t tolerate. Not only will this add a touch of color to your home, but it will also help deter bugs and, in certain cases, provide fresh herbs for your culinary endeavors. Take a look at our list below to discover the plants you should incorporate into your home to naturally keep pests away.
Repel moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes with the fragrant and beautiful lavender plant. You don’t need to resort to toxic chemicals for pest control – lavender’s lovely scent is a natural bug deterrent.
While it might smell refreshing to you, insects can’t stand the scent of peppermint. Keep peppermint in pots (as it can become invasive in a garden) to repel mosquitoes, spiders, and other pests.
The familiar citrusy aroma found in citronella candles during the summer comes from lemongrass. Planting lemongrass in your home provides a constant source of citronella-like protection against bugs.
4. Agastache cana (mosquito plant)
Resembling lavender from a distance with its tall stems and small purple flowers, the Agastache Cana emits an odor that mosquitos can’t stand, making it an effective natural repellent.
This versatile kitchen herb not only enhances dishes like pizza and salad but also emits scents and oils that repel insects. Keeping a basil plant indoors ensures a steady supply of fresh basil for your culinary creations.
A wonderful herb for cooking, rosemary is also an excellent choice for repelling bugs. Having rosemary on hand means you’ll always have fresh sprigs for your meals and drinks while keeping insects away.
7. Lemon balm
Lemon balm’s citrus fragrance acts as a bug repellent. Similar to mint, it’s advisable to grow lemon balm in a pot to prevent its spreading. Bonus: Lemon balm leaves can be used to make a delightful tea.
These beautiful flowers make lovely additions to indoor or outdoor settings – and they naturally repel insects. Marigolds contain pyrethrum, a chemical commonly used in insect repellents.
By incorporating these plants into your living space, you can create a bug-resistant environment without the need for harsh chemicals. Enjoy the benefits of a naturally pest-free home with the added bonus of fresh herbs and vibrant greenery.