7 Plants That Repel Insects

Mint

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Mint has a further feature in addition to being aromatic and lovely: ants and mice detest it to the fullest! To deter pests, place a few milk sprigs around your entrances and throughout your property. An further perk is that you may use your own fresh mint to flavor summertime meals and beverages!

Catnip

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Indeed, the same foliage that drives your kitten crazy will also keep bugs away! What an adept multitasker! Research suggests that catnip may even be able to deter insects more successfully than DEET, a potent compound frequently used in insect repellents.

Basil

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Not only is basil fragrant and useful in a wide variety of recipes, but it also has therapeutic properties! To help keep flies away from a location, place some potted basil plants there. Basil works well next to your outside barbecue or picnic tables, which are common places for flies to congregate. Remember that basil requires watering at the roots rather than the leaves.

Bay Leaves

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Although bugs detest the scent, bitter plants are frequently employed for their fragrance in cooking. Bay leaves work well in keeping out earwigs, roaches, rats, flies, and moths. If you don't have fresh bay leaf plants, you may still achieve the similar effects by using dried bay leaves!

Lemon Balm

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The plant known as lemon balm belongs to the mint family and has a potent citrus scent that repels a lot of pests. Lemon balm is useful for a wide range of medical conditions, including cold sores and intestinal problems. Lemon balm can be planted next to your patios or entryways, or for instant relief, crush and apply the leaves to your skin.

Citronella

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One of the most well-known and traditional methods for keeping insects away from plants is the use of citronella, which is known to enrage insects. Citronella is a common ingredient in candles, torches, and insect repellents, but it works even better when you use the "real deal," or the live plant. 

Lavender

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Everyone adores lavender for its soothing, calming aroma and gorgeous purple blossoms. But bugs aren't the biggest fans of it! To keep the bugs out of your patio pots or garden, have lavender growing. Additionally, you can hang dried lavender in your closet to ensure that moths never consume your clothing!