Insect repelling plants that still look pretty

Insect repelling plants that still look pretty

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There are many things to love about spring; the smells, the flowers, and the lifted spirits of those around you. However, there are always those tiny little buggers that can make an enjoyable situation annoying, especially when they leave their mark. Mosquitoes and wasps are major intruders for homes in Alberta, but there are natural ways we can repel these creatures. The earth is a marvelous place as it houses these insects, but also provides us with the tools we need to protect ourselves from them.

 

If you are having problems with the following insects, consider adding a plant to your garden that is its natural repellent.

 

Mosquitos

Not only are mosquitos annoying to have flying around your face, but they also bite and leave you itching for days.

What to plant:

  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Marigolds
  • Lemon grass

 

Wasps

Even if you are one of those brave people who don’t run in fear from these little ones, you must admit, they are annoying to have around when you’re trying to relax.

What to plant:

  • Mint
  • Lemon grass
  • Wormwood
  • Thyme
  • Eucalyptus
  • Marigolds

 

Ants

Typically, ants aren’t considered annoying until they become uncontrollable and intrude into your home.

What to plant:

  • Mint
  • Tansy
  • Common Yarrow
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Marigolds

 

Spiders

Most of us would agree that spiders are scary, but they do a great job of protecting your garden from other pests.

What to plant:

  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus

 

What would be the three best plants to repel most insects?

  • Marigolds
  • Mint
  • Lemon grass

 

These three plants combined are not only repellents for ants, spiders, wasps and mosquitos, but they are also beautiful to look at and smell amazing. They would be a wonderful addition to an outdoor garden.

 

Where can I get these plants?

  • Sunnyside Greenhouse
  • Home Depot
  • Golden Acre Home & Garden
  • Plant
  • Blue Grass Garden Centre

 

Reminder, insects aren’t all bad. Some will protect your garden from other pests, so I suggest only planting these plants if you truly have an insect problem. If you can handle a few critters, leave them be and let them continue to defend your garden.

 


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