Summer is here! While summer is an amazing season full of fun and sunny days, it’s also full of something not so fun: pesky bugs. We’ve all experienced those itchy mosquito bites or gnats constantly swarming our heads. What if I told you planting certain plants could relieve some of your bug issues? Well…here are our three favorites!
Lavender is a known deterrent of both gnats and mosquitos due to its strong scent. It is also a hardy plant that is easy to care for, which anyone with a “brown thumb” can appreciate!
Basil works as a great repellant for mosquitos and house flies. You can get many different varieties of scents and it also doubles as a delicious herb for cooking!
Scented Geraniums are exactly what they sound like. They are geraniums which have been bred to have unique scents like mint, rose, and citrus. These pungent scents repel insects while the plants produce beautiful flowers that add character to you flower beds. Click here to learn about the many varieties of scented geraniums and how to care for them
These are just a few of the many insect repelling plants available. Any plant with a strong odor should deter most insects, but some plants work better for certain bugs. Make sure you do your research before buying any plant, as some can be difficult to care for.
Using these repellent plants in your landscape can lower your chances of contracting insect carrying diseases such as Zika virus and West Nile. So, for your health and sanity keep your yard a bug free zone.