8 Plants That Ban Insects and Mosquitoes Naturally

8 Plants That Ban Insects and Mosquitoes Naturally
8 Plants That Ban Insects and Mosquitoes Naturally

Mosquitoes, flies, insects ... They can quickly ruin our lives!

Wondering how to chase them to enjoy your summer evenings? No need to use insecticides full of harmful chemicals. 

Did you know that there are plants that keep these creatures away naturally? 

It's still more pleasant, more beautiful (and less dangerous) than anti-mosquito sprays? 

Discover now these 8 plants that hunt insects and mosquitoes:

1. Lemongrass

The lemongrass candles you burn on your terrace are made with the oil of this plant. "Lemongrass is by far the best-known plant for keeping mosquitoes away," says Carmen Johnston, a gardening expert. "Its scent is a little spicy, and I often put it in a little earthenware pot about 20 cm in the middle of the table when we spend time outside.You can also use small lemongrass composition or use the plant itself as a centerpiece ".

2. Petunias

This perennial or perennial plant is sometimes nicknamed "the natural insecticide" because it can hunt aphids, tomato horn, beetles, leafhoppers and bedbugs. "The petunias grow is very simple - you can plant them in the ground or leave them in pots," says Peyton Lambton, a journalist. "They enjoy the sun, I recommend buying seedlings and putting them in a light soil, well drained in full sun, after the last spring frosts".

3. Lavender

"The scent of lavender chases mosquitoes," says Carmen Johnston. "I planted it in beds at the entrance to my garden, I love its blue flowers, lavender likes warmth and drought, it's perfect for summer!" You can also apply lavender oil directly to your skin as a natural repellent.

4. Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums repel white flies, bedbugs, aphids, several types of beetles and cabbage fleas. They will also promote the growth of other plants. "They produce a chemical that stays in the air and repels insects so that they not only protect themselves, but they also protect other plants," says professional landscaper Chris Lambton. "Plant them early in the spring in moist, well-drained, sunny soil, they should be regularly watered, and dead heads should be removed regularly to promote flowering."

5. Rosemary

 Not only does rosemary add flavor to your dishes but it also helps to hunt insects. "It's another perfect plant for the summer because it likes drought," says Carmen Johnston. "It's one of my favorite smells, but mosquitoes can not stand it, you can grow rosemary in pots, but you can also plant it in your garden to make hedges." According to Carmen Johnston, this plant also adds cachet to flower arrangements. So why not plant it outside to repel insects and for the pleasure of the eyes?

6. Basil

Basil is a plant that does not live more than a year. She also repels flies and mosquitoes. For it to flourish, it must be ensured that it receives 6 to 8 hours of sun a day. The soil in which it is planted must be moist and well drained. When you see small flowers begin to form, pinch them. The leaves will keep all their flavor. This versatile plant can also relieve mosquito bites. For this, crunch some basil leaves in your hands to release its natural oils. Then rub them against the mosquito bite to stop the itching.

7. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is also called simply lemongrass or verbena lemongrass. It is a plant very similar to lemongrass balm (Melissa officinalis L.), which we saw in number 1. Like lemongrass balm, it repels mosquitoes. But unlike her, she is edible. It is also very often used in the cuisine of Southeast Asia. Lemongrass can reach 1 meter or even 1 and a half meters high. She takes a lot of space in the garden. It therefore needs to be planted in a large planter or a large pot. Put it in a sunny place because it can not stand temperatures below 10 °.

8. Mint

Mint is a plant with refreshing flavors. It can enhance your dishes and cocktails. But that's not all. "It's also a so-called perpetual plant that repels mosquitoes," says Peyton Lambton. "Mint is easy to grow in a garden, and it can be difficult to contain, which is why it's best to plant it in a jar. She leaves regularly, and during the winter you can grow her in the house, so she will also hunt flies! "

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