These herbs are well known to help reduce common nuisance insects in the home and around the yard. Keep in mind these plants will not eliminate these insect populations merely to help deter and control certain insect populations around the home and lawn and are not based on order off effectiveness.
Not only a common herb in cooking recipe basil can also repels house flies and mosquitoes. Plant basil in containers by your house doors and in outdoor areas where you like to relax or entertain. Basil can also be used to make a repellent spray.
Lavender is known not only for its aromatic and pleasing scent to humans it is also been known to repel moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes. A tip to help control these insect population even when lavender is no longer in season, keep dried bouquets of lavender around your home. Also you can use lavender oil as a natural repellent.
- Lemon Grass
Lemon grass is a very effective plant that deters mosquitoes, not commonly known but citronella one of the most commercially used oil used in mosquito repellent can be found within the lemon grass plant. This plant is far more than a repellent and can be found in many culinary dishes as a garnish, marinade and even popular in herbal teas.
- Lemon Thyme
Effective in the repellent of mosquitoes and is a popular choice due to its ability to adapt harsh environments including: dry and rocky terrain and shallow soils. This herb is known to thrive with minimal attention. HOWEVER, this plant will not repel mosquitoes on its own. To release the repellent properties you must “bruise” or rub the plan to release the oils within the plant.
An effective repellent, however best suited to be grown in pots or planters due to its aggressive spreading, once in a garden it may be hard to remove. The oil in this plant combined with apple cider vinegar and cheap vodka can be turned into an effective repellent solution. Leaving containers through the garden and on the patio will help deter insects from particular plants.
Rosemary is not only an effective in not only the repellent of mosquitoes but also other insects that hard vegetable plants. This plant is available in various forms, and can be grown in a planter or in the garden to help protect plants. Rosemary is commonly known not only for its repellent properties but also as a favorable garnish in the kitchen.
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