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Insects can be an annoying pest in homes and gardens, and most people don’t know that there are certain plants that will help keep them away without chemicals or pesticides. The essential oils in certain plants are a natural repellent and while these plants might not keep all the insects at bay, they will certainly help! Not to mention, they will have your garden looking and smelling great. We have compiled a list of the best herbs and ornamental flowers to plant in your garden or place around your home to assist with controlling pests.


Basil is extremely useful for repelling house flies and mosquitoes. You can try planting basil in containers and placing it on your window ledges or in your garden.


Lavender is great for keeping moths, flies, fleas and mosquitoes at bay. You can plant lavender in your garden beds, or you can tie dried bouquets to your doors and awnings. You can also use lavender oil as a spray on repellent.


Lemongrass smells amazing and is the main ingredient in the citronella candles that you can buy from the store. For that reason, it is the best plant for keeping mosquitos away. Save yourself some cash and plant some lemongrass instead of having to continually stock up on candles and oils.


Rosemary repels mosquitoes and the pesky insects that feed on your vegetables. Plant rosemary in your vegetable patch to help keep pests off your food plants.


Chrysanthemums are a wonder pest control plant! They repel roaches, beetles, ants, ticks, lice, silverfish, fleas, spider mites, bedbugs, harlequin bugs and root-knot nematodes. They contain pyrethum which is a common ingredient used in pest control. Place some potted chrysanthemums around your home to help keep pests away.

Pitcher Plants

If you want something a little more exotic, consider adding some pitcher plants to your garden. These carnivorous plants actually catch and consume pests, not to mention, they look great.

While chemical pesticides will certainly get rid of a greater number of pests, plants are a good preventative option to consider alongside professional solutions. Add some natural colour to your home and garden today.

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