May 11, 2018

Could Plants Stop Insects from Bugging You?

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As you shake off the chill of winter and early spring and prepare for warm summer afternoons, you should take some time to think about what’s in your yard. However, you won’t be the only one enjoying the warm weather. Mosquitoes and other annoying pests will be buzzing around your yard looking for dinner, and you might be on the menu!

Stop Insects from Ruining Your Outdoor Time 

Some of the pests in yards this summer will be relatively harmless, but others, like mosquitoes, can carry dangerous viruses like West Nile and Zika. While harsh chemical bug repellents get the job done, the plants and flowers you install in your yard can also deter insects from spending much time in your yard.

The Best Plants for Bugging Bugs 

  • Marigolds: These flowers are a bright pop of yellow, but also an easily-distinguishable scent that keeps mosquitos and pests away. Marigolds contain a substance that is extracted and used in numerous insect repellents!
  • Lavender: While the pleasant smell of lavender is used in everything from perfume to laundry detergent, insects don’t like it very much. The only flying insects that enjoy spending time around lavender are bees (the good guys), which are nothing to worry about.
  • Lemongrass: This scent might remind you of the insect-repelling candles common on summer porches. That’s because lemongrass contains citronella, which is found in many mosquito repellants. The plant’s sharp smell has the same effect and keeps mosquitos and bugs at bay.
  • Garlic: Garlic isn’t just great for summer cooking, it’s also an effective way to keep insects and mosquitos out of your yard. Planting garlic around the edge of your garden can also keep bugs away from the sweeter-smelling things inside.
  • Rosemary: Aside from going well with chicken and turkey, rosemary repels mosquitos and flies.
  • Basil: Another herb you can use for cooking and keeping insects away is basil. The robust, fresh scent naturally repels mosquitos. If you don’t want to plant basil in your garden, you can always keep a potted version on your picnic table or patio to move near you.
  • Catnip: Have a kitten in your home? While cats love the smell of catnip, mosquitoes can’t stand it. Some tests have found that catnip is over 10 times as strong at keeping bugs away as DEET, so rubbing the leaves on your skin could keep bugs away while you relax outside.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors with Help from JFC Grounds Maintenance

On top of taking care of bed preparation, edging and mulch installation, we can also tackle any other spring landscaping tasks you desire. Give us a call today at (410) 655-2887 to learn more about our planting, grounds maintenance and lawn care services.