Natural Insect Repellants

The warmth and beauty of the summer months invites us to spend time in our yards, enjoying the beautiful landscaping or harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. The only drawback of these warm summer days is having to deal with all the annoying little pests that come with the warmer weather. There is a lot of lush foliage here in upstate New York, which is a sirens call for all the annoying little pests like mosquitos, flies, ants, and ticks; and if you are a gardener, the fight against beetles and aphids can seem endless. However, before you reach for that can of Raid or another type of chemical repellant, you might want to try a greener approach. There are numerous herbs and flowers you can add into your landscaping or gardens that are natural insect repellants. They do double duty by not only enhancing the look of your space, but also keeping bugs at a minimum. To help you wage war on these pesky little creatures, we have put together a list of some of the most common plants and herbs that when used around the yard, will allow you to once again enjoy the summer without having to constantly swat pests away.

Mosquito Repellants

  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Citronella (It’s not only a candle, but an interesting perennial grass)
  • Rue
  • Marigolds
  • Catmint (Interestingly, researchers at Iowa State University found that the oils in catmint are actually 10 times more effective than DEET!)
  • Scented geraniums
  • Beebalm

Tick Repellants

  • Mint
  • Garlic
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Lavendar
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fleabane Daisy
  • Pyrethrum Chrysanthemums (the ones that look like daisies)

Fly Repellants

  • Basil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Lavendar
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Sweet Woodruff
  • Tansy
  • Rue
  • Ant Repellants
  • Mint
  • Garlic
  • Tansy
  • Common Yarrow

Beetle Repellants

  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Sage
  • Mint
  • Cilantro

Aphid Repellants

  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
Insect Repelling Plants was last modified: November 4th, 2016 by toadflax