14 plants that repel unwanted insects

14 plants that repel unwanted insects

There are plants that scare away some types of insects. The essential oils they contain act as a natural repellent and insects tend to avoid them.

There are people who attract pesky insects. I've always wondered what it is that attracts them.

In any case, I am not very convinced about applying a chemical product to my skin and I am not very confident that the waves emitted by the anti-mosquito devices that are plugged in are really harmless; so I prefer to resort to other more natural remedies.

Before all these modern products existed, our ancestors already knew that there are certain plants that serve to scare away some types of insects. The essential oils they contain act as a natural repellent and insects tend to avoid them.

Strategically place these plants in a garden or terrace and you can enjoy the outdoors without insects. And with the right knowledge, some of these plants can also be used to make a natural repellent.

1. Basil

Repels flies and mosquitoes. We can plant basil in pots and place them on the doors and windows of the house, as well as in the outdoor areas that we use the most to relax, have dinners with friends, etc.

How to make a basil bug repellent

We can also use fresh basil to make an insect repellent, following this simple recipe: pour 120 ml of boiling water into a container containing between 115 and 170 g of fresh, clean basil leaves (the stems are also good) and let it rest for several hours. Then remove the leaves, squeezing them well to extract all the juice. Finally, add 120 ml of vodka and store the mixture in the fridge. We can apply it to the skin with a diffuser before going outdoors. It is important not to apply near the eyes, nose and mouth. This plant we can also use it as a condiment in meals. It is delicious in salads, in meat recipes (especially pork and chicken), and in a wide variety of soups.

2. Lavender

Repels flies, mosquitoes, fleas and moths. Lavender has been used for centuries as a natural air freshener, since it provides a pleasant sweet fragrance to the home or to the drawers of clothes, if we introduce a few sprigs of washing inside, but in addition to this use, it also serves as a repellent, thanks to that mosquitoes, flies, and other unwanted insects hate its smell.

We can place tied bouquets around the house to help keep flies outside and planting lavender in sunny areas of the garden or near the entrances of the house to help keep those areas free of pesky insects. We can also use the oil extracted from the flowers as a natural mosquito repellent and apply it to exposed skin when going outside. In addition to acting as a repellent, this oil nourishes the skin and has a calming effect that promotes sleep.

3. Lemongrass

Repels mosquitoes. The use of citronella candles is known to keep mosquitoes away; what not everyone knows is that citronella is a natural oil that is extracted from lemongrass, an ornamental plant It can grow up to 1.2 m tall and about 90 cm wide in one season. It can be grown in a pot or in well-drained, sunny soil.

Too its leaves can be used for culinary purposes, for flavoring pork and chicken dishes and flavoring soups and salad dressings. Its use is very frequent in recipes of Asian cuisine.

4. Lemon thyme

Repels mosquitoes. However, unlike the previous ones, it does not repel mosquitoes per se, it is necessary crushing its leaves to release repellent chemicals that contain. To do this, simply cut some stems and rub them between your hands, although it is advisable to first try to touch the crushed leaves with a small area of ​​the forearm to verify that there are no adverse effects.

As for its cultivation, it is a resistant plant, capable of adapting to dry and even rocky terrain, as long as they are sunny.

5. Mint

Repels mosquitoes. We can place mint pots in the areas that we want to keep free of mosquitoes, or extract their aromatic oils, present both in the leaves and in their stems and flowers, and make a repellent for mosquitoes combining those oils with apple cider vinegar and vodka or witch hazel.

It should be noted that for its cultivation it is convenient to use pots, because on the ground mint acts as an invasive species, spreading very quickly and is difficult to stop. In addition to being a repellent for mosquitoes, it can also be used in herbal teas or to flavor an iced tea.

6. Rosemary

Repels mosquitoes and a wide variety of insects that are harmful to crops. Both the plant and its cuttings are excellent repellants, since mosquitoes escape their oils.

How to make a homemade rosemary repellent

We can prepare a simple repellent by boiling 950 g of dried rosemary in a liter of water for about 20-30 minutes. Next, we will strain it, collecting the liquid in a container with a size of at least 2 liters and containing one liter of cold water. Finally, we will cover the mixture and store it in the fridge. To apply, pour the liquid into a spray bottle.

7. Laurel

Repels flies and mosquitoes, as well as other insects. The essential oils present in its leaves are what give it this repellent function. The sheets can also be placed in books to protect them or in cabinets to avoid moth.

In addition, as a repellent, this plant has other uses, both culinary, to season roast meats, soups and stews; as medicinal.

8. Chives

Repel carrot flies, Japanese beetle and aphid. If we plant them in the orchard or garden, they will protect the species that are next to them.

9. Dill

Repels aphids, pumpkin insects, spider mites, caterpillars and tomato weevil worms.

How to make mosquito repellent from dill

You can also make a repellent for mosquitoes. To do this, simply prepare a dill infusion, let it cool and strain it. It can then be applied to the skin with a spray before going outdoors.

In addition to working as a repellent, it attracts beneficial insects to the garden or garden that feed on the larvae of other harmful insects, avoiding pests.

10. Fennel

Repels fleas, flies, aphids, slugs and snails. It is usually placed or planted where there are animals, such as a doghouse or bed or, on farms, near stables, to avoid fleas.

Like dill it also attracts beneficial insects. However, not all plants like fennel and this could not only inhibit their growth, but even kill them.

Dill is one of the few garden plants that is compatible with fennel.

You can also let the plant dry and crush very well and sprinkle the resulting powder on a pet to protect it from fleas and flies; or prepare an infusion and use the water to bathe it once it has cooled down a bit. Fennel oil can also be used as a mosquito repellent.

11. Melissa

Repels the mosquitos. Melissa works as a repellent thanks to its strong smell, similar to citronella. To intensify their aroma they can be put in full sun. Some of its leaves should be cut to stimulate their growth.

In addition to its use as a repellent, this plant has many health properties and taken as an infusion is relaxing and promotes digestion.

12. Oregano

Repels many pests, including the ants. It can be sprayed in the areas of interest or cultivated with other plants to try to protect them.

It is also widely used as an aromatic plant in cooking and has numerous medicinal properties, as an analgesic and expectorant, as well as aiding digestion and calming intestinal pain.

13. Parsley

Repels the beetles of asparagus and cutworms. In addition, it also attracts bees and other beneficial insects for the garden, which participate in pollination or feed on the larvae of harmful insects, avoiding pests.

14. Thyme

Repels mosquitoes, fleas, whiteflies, caterpillars, corn worms and tomato weevil worms, among others.

It has fungicidal, insecticidal and repellent action. It also attracts beneficial insects, such as bees.

In addition, it has numerous medicinal properties, being used for colds, as an expectorant and antitussive; to improve digestion and even for the skin, in case of ulcers or psoriasis.

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