Do you notice those annoying pests bothering and biting you when you’re trying to relax on your porch in the morning, or when you are hosting a nice Spring or Summer barbecue? They don’t just bite and bother you, they bother your plants, too. These pests chew through your plants, and can take down the ecosystem you’ve created in your beautiful garden. You would rather not have them bothering you or your plants, but fighting these pests with chemicals can be bad for your plants if it leaks into them.  These creatures are not fun to put up with, so we are going to tell you about some different plants to help keep those annoying bugs and pests away from you and your garden.

1. Lavender

Lavender’s smell is known for soothing and relaxing. Most of us enjoy it, but insects don’t. The fragrance of lavender is known to repel moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes. Plant some lavender or buy a lavender spray to keep on hand. Having the lavender planted near your garden will help keep these insects away from your plants. The next time you are relaxing on your porch or hosting a barbecue you can cut some fresh lavender to keep near by, people will enjoy the smell, and pests will stay away. If you don’t want to grow fresh lavender you can always buy a lavender scented spray to use.

2. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is actually a key ingredient in the citronella oils and candles you buy. This plant, which comes from the world’s most tropical climates, repels unwanted mosquitoes. Lemongrass will help repel mosquitoes, and you can use it to spruce up your landscape. Plant some lemongrass around your garden to help keep mosquitoes away from your plants, and plant some in a pot to place around your porch/patio. You can use nice pots to make your porch/patio area look nice, and you will keep mosquitoes away from you and your guests at the same time.

3. Marigolds

Marigolds contain a powerful bug repelling compound known as Pyrethrum. The oils from natural insecticide have been known to last for hours when used on the body, but you can plant these beautiful flowers in nice pots and place them by your front door, garden or patio to help keep bugs away. Marigolds are known to repel aphids, mosquitoes, and even rabbits. Many farmers use these because once the marigolds are well established the roots repel nematodes. There are various types of marigolds you can plant to help keep those pests away, and they add some beauty to your landscape at the same.

4. Garlic

Garlic has been useful as a spice for a very long time. However, you can use garlic for more than seasoning your food. Garlic makes a powerful natural insect repellent. This potent plant repels mosquitoes as well as harmful cabbage moths. Try planting some garlic, and you will have a natural insect repellent, as well as spice to cook with.

5. Petunias

These pretty flowers actually are surprisingly effective when it comes to dealing with pests. This beautiful plant will repel aphids, tomato horn worm, asparagus beetles, leaf hoppers, and squash bugs. This is another plant that has the best of both worlds. The plant repels pests, and looks pretty so you can plant it in pots to have around your porch/patio.
If you’re ready to repel those pests from you and your garden try out some of these natural remedies, get your materials and plant away. Feel free to comment or email us to share about any other plants that work to repel pests.