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First of all, many plants that are listed as “insect-repelling”are, in fact, not. Here are a few plants that I have found to actuallyhelp repel the bugs that bug us:
· Lemongrass has proven mosquito-repelling abilities. Since it is hardyonly in tropical zones, plant yours in a pot and bring it inside when thetemperatures drop if you intend to keep it over the winter.
o While we areon the topic of lemon, there are a couple other plants with a strong,citrus fragrance that will keep bugs at bay. Try lemon thyme or lemon balm.Lemon balm is in the mint family, so confine it to a pot to keep it fromspreading crazily.
o Lemon-scented geraniums are often marketed as“mosquito plants,” but there’s little evidence that they have much of aneffect. Stick to the other citrus-scented plants instead.
· Lavender has a strongscent that repels moths, flies, fleas, and mosquitoes. Useit fresh or dry some of the flowers to hang around the house or put in withyour clothing to keep bugs out. Here’s how to make lavendar sachets.
· Garlic keepsaway more than vampires. It repels mosquitoes and cabbage moths, too.
· Rosemary mayprevent flies and mosquitoes from ruining a cookout. If the bugs are reallybad, like around dusk, throw a few sprigs of rosemary on the grill and thearomatic smoke will help drive the mosquitoes away.
· Basil is anotherculinary herb that does double duty by repelling flies and mosquitoes, too.It’s one of the most pungent herbs that is known to be effective.
· Peppermint exudes astrong fragrance that ants, mosquitoes, and even mice don’t like. Grow it in a pot tocontain its rampant growth.
· Catmints includingcatnip have been found to be even more effective than DEET inrepelling mosquitoes and ants. Just be sure to locate catnip away from plantsthat can’t take being rolled on by all the cats in the neighborhood.
· Marigolds havelong been the gardener’s companion for repelling damaging nematodes(microscopic worms) that attack the roots of garden vegetables, but they canfend off mosquitoes as well.