Some plants produce oils or scents that pests find rather unpleasant. These pest deterrent plants can be used to repel unwanted insects from your garden and home. If you are interested in trying your green thumb at organic gardening, here are a few pest deterrent plants to plant in your garden.
While you’ve probably heard of citronella candles, you may not know that citronella is actually a plant. This perennial clumping grass can grow up to 6 feet tall, and repels mosquitos by producing a strong aroma that masks other scents. The aroma produced by the live citronella plant is much stronger than what is contained in any manufactured citronella products, making it more effective than citronella candles. This easy-to-grow plant can thrive in your yard, garden, or in pots on your porch.
Although there are many different species of artemisia, most of them produce a strong antiseptic aroma and a bitter taste, making them extremely unattractive to most insects. Unfortunately artemisia cannot be used in the garden, as it produces a botanical poison. However, it is a great choice for use around the edges of your house or in flower beds. Artemisia can even deter small animals when planted in drifts.
Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow, and the oils that it produces can repel mosquitoes, flies, and thrips. There are many different varieties you can grow, such as lemon basil or cinnamon basil. Basil is also a delicious addition to homemade recipes, making it a great choice to grow in window flower pots in the kitchen.
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