5 Plants That Naturally Repel Pests

5 Plants That Naturally Repel Pests

5 Plants That Naturally Repel Pests

Warm summer nights will be quickly upon us, and if you are like most people, you don’t want to share your patio with pests. Flies, mosquitoes, and other common pests can all be a problem this time of year causing you a lot of itching and a lot of annoyance. Instead of fighting them off with chemical sprays, why not try to repel them naturally? Take a look below at 5 plants that naturally repel pests, and are sure to give you a pest free yard you can enjoy without the use of chemicals.

1. Citronella
Citronella is found in most household mosquito repellents. It does its job by emitting a strong fragrance that will hide smells bugs are attracted to. Citronella plants look like tall, wild grasses and make great shrubs or privacy barriers. It is a beautiful plant that can help protect you while beautifying your yard.

2. Bee balm
Bee balm gives off a strong odor much like citronella that confuses pests and pushes them away instead of attracting them. Bee balm is a beautiful, flowering plant that looks great in borders and flower beds. Plant some and you won’t just repel pests, you will attract butterflies and hummingbirds!

3. Marigolds
The oils found in marigolds are used in many household mosquito repellents. Plant these colorful flowers in your borders and beds around your patio and you can keep away those nasty pests easily and beautifully. They may even keep rabbits away from your plants.

4. Catnip
Cats may love catnip, but did you know that catnip is a natural mosquito repellent? You can plant catnip around your yard for added protection, or you can even rub the leaves directly onto your skin for a bite free summer. Catnip is a cinch to grow from seed, and an inexpensive way to protect your space.

5. Lavender
Lavender is the perfect flower to plant if you want to make sure your yard stays pest free. It is especially great for repelling ticks. Plant it in your flower beds where it will quickly spread and leave the yard smelling amazing.

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  1. Vlad & Barkly's Dee says

    I didn’t know that about bee balm, and I forgot catnip the other day when my son was asking for the names of plants that would repel insects so he doesn’t have to put poisons on his vegetables to keep them from getting eaten up. I sent him the link to this article. Thank you for this list!

  2. Do any of these plants repel bees?? I’m in the planning stages of my garden and want to attract as many birds, butterflies and bees as possible while repelling everything nasty! Is this possible? I’m not naturally green fingered!!
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  3. I didn’t know that but I can’t have cat nip because of Speedy I don’t wnat to encourage cats in my garden,but I do love Lavender,xx Rachel
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  4. I am just about to plant some lavender, so I was thrilled to see it on this list!
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  5. Fleas are the worst! I love lavender, bee balm and marigold. Looks like I need to plant them in the back yard. Thanks for the great list.
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  6. I knew about citronella, but I did not know that catnip was a natural mosquito repellent. I see some fresh catnip in Allegra and Ruby’s future!
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  7. I had no idea about catnip! Thanks!
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  8. Oh this is strange , good to know, i had no idea about this
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  9. I’m glad I clicked on your link. That post is interesting. Every year I plant catmint for the cats of my neighbors but I didn’t know it could repells mosquitos. I prefer to plant it in pots to contain it. In fact, I use it to repell mice… the cats that come to my yard take care of the mice. 😉
    I also have lots of lavender but didn’t know it repells ticks. That’s good.
    I certainly learned a few things in this post. Thank you!

  10. I am so excited to discover this about lavender…yeah! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!
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  11. This will come in very handy, I’ve already planted my marigolds, but I didn’t know what else could help. Pinned for later, thanks for the tip!
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  12. Alba Nydia Aponte says

    Very interesting and useful information. Great. Thank you.

  13. Alba Nydia Aponte says

    Gracias. Great information to make a better world.

  14. Thanks for the useful information, I hate pests at night. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great weekend!!

  15. Thanks so much for linking up to my garden linky this week! I plant marigolds all the time for a natural pest control. SO much healthier than chemical sprays!
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  19. Kimmy George says

    Thanks for posting these! Camping season will be upon us very soon, and I also recommend you the blog http://topmosquitokiller.com/ You are both very helpful!


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