Sometimes the best way to combat a pest invasion is to have a green thumb. Plants and flowers can be more than just a decoration or conversation piece. Planting or having the right plants can ward off some unwanted bugs simply by being there.

Of course, you don’t have to be a gardener or even have a garden to benefit from these plants. You can purchase them at local shops, keep them in a planter, and place them around your home.

Take care of these plants, and they will take care of you. As for which plants are the best, there are plenty to choose from. Here are seven of the best plants you can buy to keep bugs away.

Chrysanthemums ideal pick for warding off unwanted, multi-legged, or winged visitors

1. Chrysanthemums

If you want a flower that works to deter a plethora of bug species, the chrysanthemum is the perfect option. These pretty blossoms protect against ants, Japanese beetles, roaches, bed bugs, spider mites, silverfish, ticks, and even lice!

In fact, parts of this plant are used in many insecticides and other products use to keep bugs away. They really are the ideal pick for warding off unwanted, multi-legged, or winged visitors. Plus, they come in a variety of colors including vibrant reds, yellow, and violet. It’s the perfect pop of color for your garden or windowsill. 

These flowers are fall perennials, so they are the perfect go-to for keeping overwintering pests out. And they smell wonderful as well. Plant them in the spring and you have strong blooms in the summer and fall. 

2. Mint 

If you want a protective plant that grows quick and spreads fast, Mint is your herb. Mint is an excellent bug repeller, but you want to use caution when planting it. Once it starts to grow, it will spread rapidly, and it can become a nuisance itself. Of course, you don’t have to plant mint right in your garden. You can use planters and place them just about anywhere. 

Mint works as a wonderful repellent against spiders, ants, and mosquitoes. It’s not hard to come by and it’s even easier to grow. Again, keep in mind that this plant spreads quickly, and it can be extremely hard to get rid of once it has taken root. However, if you plant it strategically, you will not only have an effective repellent, but also a pleasantly scented herb that will go great in your iced tea! 

3. Citronella Grass

A common ingredient used in repellents and yard candles is citronella grass. This citrus-smelling grass is easy to grow in gardens or in planters. It’s also the perfect repellent for flying insects. It’s a low-maintenance plant that does best in warmer climates. Keep in mind with this plant; it has a very strong scent. So, if you aren’t a fan of lemons, it may not be the plant for you. 

4. Basil

If you are looking for a plant that works as a repellent and adds flavor to your favorite dishes, basil is a great choice. This plan is a smart addition to your kitchen as it repels flies and mosquitoes This plan has a very pleasant scent and doubles as an herb garden in addition to a bug repellent. 

These plants need plenty of daylight and a warm environment, so though it can be grown outdoors, it may be best to keep a planet inside your home. If you have a decent amount of heat and sunlight in your house, you can keep these plants all year round. 

Lavender is a fragrant plant used to keep bugs away

5. Lavender

Effective against such annoyances as mosquitoes, fleas, flies, and moths, lavender is a beautifully fragrant plant. Not only is the scent relaxing, but it’s also just as effective dry or in other forms as it is alive.

This plant does well in drier soil, and you should be careful not to overwater them. It is important to note that lavender does attract honeybees, which is excellent for the ecosystem, though it may not be something you want near your house.

If you want the effects lavender without attracting bees, you can always use an extract or dried variety.

6. Marigold

Another beautiful flower that doubles as a repellent, Marigolds are lovely blossoms that bloom in a variety of colors. Easy to grow, this plant has a knack for repelling aphids, flies, and mosquitoes.

In fact, they attract insects who will feed on aphids, so it may be a great plant to add near your garden to keep beetles and aphids away.

Low maintenance, you can keep these plants all summer with proper irrigation and care. However, their roots can get gray mold, and they tend to suffer from root rot.

7. Rosemary

A fantastic herb for your plate and garden, rosemary is a highly effective bug deterrent. Not only does it add some spice to your cooking, but it can also protect your vegetables from harmful insects and ward off mosquitoes. Rosemary is often used in a homemade repellent that leaves a pleasant scent.  

These herbs do well in a hot and dry climate and are perfect for growing in containers around your kitchen. Plus, you can shape them as they grow; so, they make wonderful decorations as well. There’s nothing this herb can’t do!

8. Bonus – Catnip

If you have a furry, purry friend, our bonus herb may be an excellent choice. An herb cats love, it also acts as a strong repellent to many bugs like mosquitoes, flies, deer ticks, and cockroaches. Easy to grow, it can be made into an effective repellent or just ward off insects from a planter. 

Though this is a versatile plant, catnip can quickly take over your garden. Be careful where you plant it because it will grow fast and can be quite invasive.

catnipacts as a strong repellent to many bugs like mosquitoes

Concluding Thoughts

You don’t always have to look to sprays to keep bugs away from your home. With the right plants, you can keep bugs away from home and garden and add a little beauty (or flavor) to the mix.

If you think you may have a pest problem, it’s always best to consult a professional pest control expert. However, keeping these plants is a great way to add some life and extra protection to your household.



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