Hate Pests? Here Are 11 Bug-Repelling Plants to Add to Your Garden

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While some plants can attract pests you don't want on your property, many can be part of your pest prevention strategy! These eleven helpful plants have known repellent attributes that make your yard less attractive to mosquitoes, flies, ants, and more.

1. Lavender

Lavender’s scent is soothing, and its oils can help repel pests such as mosquitoes and flies. 'Provence' and 'Grosso' lavender are most effective because they have higher camphor properties than other lavender varieties.

2. Marigolds

The distinctive smell of marigolds helps keep away garden pests like aphids, squash bugs, tomato worms, and the infamous Japanese beetle. Planting a border of these around your garden can keep unwanted visitors away.

3. Chrysanthemums

Many of these brightly colored flowers contain a compound called pyrethrin (a natural pesticide), which can help ward off ticks, Japanese beetles, and ants. "Mums" are a fall garden staple.

4. Garlic

Use it for food — and pest control! Garlic's pungent scent deters insects such as mosquitoes, aphids, beetles, mites, and more.

5. Lemongrass

Its citrusy scent helps repel mosquitos and other flying insects. As a bonus, lemongrass is a common ingredient in Asian dishes: use it in homemade soups and curries!

6. Peppermint

This sharp-smelling herb is a natural deterrent for rodents and many insects. Plus, you can use the leaves for countless recipes, refreshing summer cocktails, and even a cozy cup of caffeine-free tea.

7. Rosemary

Rosemary's strong aroma helps repel mosquitoes, cabbage moths, and carrot flies. It's also a great addition to any dish — add it to soups, salads, stews, chicken dishes, and focaccia bread.

8. Catnip

This herb's potent fragrance can repel mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, and ants. Just note: it attracts cats, so you may want to avoid planting it if you don't want neighborhood kitties visiting your property.

9. Basil

This fragrant herb helps repel mosquitoes, flea beetles, houseflies, and cabbage webworms. Plus, it can be used in so many recipes (like pesto!) that you'll never get bored of it.

10. Scented Geraniums

These pretty plants come in a few different varieties and have fragrances like rose, lemon, and even nutmeg. They can help repel flying insects like moths, aphids, and mosquitoes. Plant a few around your yard for an added layer of pest control with color!

11. Sage

Sage's strong scent helps repel flies, mosquitoes, moths, fleas, and even mice. It has a pleasant, earthy aroma that goes well in many dishes. You can even use it to make homemade smudge sticks.

Charlotte Pest Control Services

Now that you know the best bug-repelling plants for your garden, it's time to take your pest prevention efforts up a notch. At Sage Pest Control, we offer a full range of pest control services to keep your home and yard safe from pests all year round. Contact us today to learn more about our services and get one step closer to a home without pest problems!

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