Plants That Repel Insects

Certain plants are known for their ability to repel some types of insects. This is a guide about plants that repel insects.
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May 4, 2007 Flag

Beware of the coming seasonal flying insects that are attracted to floral and fruity scents! Be as safe as possible and invest in a bottle of Ivory Liquid dish soap and put 10-12 drops of wintergreen, spearmint or peppermint essential oil in it and shake it up! You will feel especially clean and the bugs will like you a lot less! (I use mine on my person and in my hair!)

By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, MO

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May 5, 20070 found this helpful

This makes a lot of sense, AND will help diring the much needed bath after contact with sweat and insects. It beats garlic water/oil ANYDAY. I wonder if herbal mint or Lemon Balm, a member of the mints, can be freshly ground up and used in place of expensive essential oil? Wouldn't you know, my garlic and Lemon Balm have actually STOPPED repelling these HYBRID TX mosquitos this year, so far. A brief stroll through them stirs up whole families

of mosquitos nesting beneath them on the moist cool ground/shade and my ankles/backs of knees

are becoming their prime targets/feasts! I've heard of certain insects/roaches becoming "resistant" to pest sprays, requiring more to be discovered, but this is absolutely RIDICULOUS that these bugs are

doing the same thing, somehow. Regardless, I'm staying ORGANIC, and will have to find another natural repellent. God bless you. : )

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May 7, 20070 found this helpful

Do I understand correctly - you use this mixture as body wash and shampoo?

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May 7, 20070 found this helpful

I use lavendar body wash and lotion, that works too. Mint oil is very expensive and effective. I have also heard of washing your clothes with a few drops of peppermint. I just put some drops of oil on the bottom of my shirt. Oils to keep the pests away: mint, lavendar, lemongrass and thyme. Hope you don't get bugged!

p.s. washing your hair with dish soap? or do you mean the hand stuff? or does ivory soap not have de-greasers?(won't take away the shine) Thanks for the idea.

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May 7, 20070 found this helpful

Peppermint is what you want, I am 80% sure the others are poison. and never apply oil direct to skin, this dilution method is good.

:-)

oh, and mint grows very well, comes back every year like a plague. Great plant to have.

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April 27, 20160 found this helpful

A hint on planting Mints, Lemon Balm, and Lemon Grass, plant in a container inserted in the ground, these are very aggressive plants and will take over. I have all three planted and love them and don't have too many problems with bugs around my deck, I also have a lot of lizards.

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April 20, 2006 Flag
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Here is a list of plants and what insects they repel. This was sent in by Gill, a long time reader.

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I visit my neighbor just about every day and in the past week his place has been adorned with flies. There are hundreds of them, on his porch, his car, his lawn furniture, you name it they are there. Is there a bush or flower that has an aroma that repels flies? Does anyone have any other suggestions besides opening up a lizard and frog zoo?

By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN

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March 20, 20120 found this helpful

Basil always works well for me. Plant it around your porch and flies will disappear.

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March 21, 20120 found this helpful

Bird feeders and bird baths will attract birds which will eat the flies.

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March 26, 20120 found this helpful

Tell him to go to Costco's or a Garden Centre etc, and order some beneficial nematodes. There are different kinds, but the ones that do flies, also kill off Japanese beetles and grubs. They are micro organisms which feed on the larvae in the soil.

You can't see them, they are microscopic. You just take the pack out of your freezer, follow directions, essentially sprinkle on the soil in the area where the buggers are. This as all natural, non pesticide and works like a hot damn.

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January 25, 2007 Flag
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Question:

Is there a plant that repels all bugs?

Lynne from London, KY

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Lynn,

There isn't one specific plant that will repel all insects, but in general, strong-smelling plants seem to work better than odorless plants. The idea is that some insects use scent to locate their host plants. If strong-smelling plants are growing nearby, the insects are more likely to become confused and move on. Try interplanting tansy, pennyroyal, lavender, peppermint (and other mints), onion, garlic and marigold.

Mixed planting is another effective strategy for controlling insects. By mixed planting, I'm referring to growing a diversity of plants rather than growing just a few types of plants. This encourages the pollinators and works to attract the kind of predatory (beneficial) insects that will naturally prey on pests. Mix planting also discourages pests from laying eggs. Many insects taste with their feet. If they land on several suitable plants in a row, will stop to lay their eggs. If they land on several different (unsuitable) plants in a row, they are more likely to move on and look elsewhere. One example of mixed planting is to plant flowers around vegetables in the garden.

Ellen

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November 15, 20060 found this helpful

I think the answer is yes, but it depends on what exactly you're asking.

Repels all bugs in the garden? yes. it's the lowly marigold - any variety of marigold. Plant marigolds among/around your other flowers/vegetables and this keeps bugs away.

If you mean repels bugs from human skin etc. - I don't know....

hope this helps.

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November 16, 20060 found this helpful

i don't think there is any one plant that repels ALL bugs but i agree with the other post, marigolds come close.

strong plants keep away pests too. white clover attacts good bugs and adds nitrogen to the soil. its rather invasive but it also smothers out weeds.

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November 19, 20060 found this helpful

I purchased a citronella plant "mosquito plant" in the spring and potted it, placing it so when the dogs come to greet me, or to bed down, they rub against it which causes its aroma to fill the air. It also repels fleas and ticks. I noticed a marked difference in the mosquitos in their area this year, so many less, that I could sit longer outside to love on my dogs and when a mosquito would slip past, I would take a stick and give the leaves a few nudges, again distributing the scent. I plan to do this every year. As it reduced the cost of chemical flea control by them rubbing against it often.

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May 30, 20160 found this helpful

Try the leaves of a Callicarpa species. Let me know

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April 24, 2012 Flag
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What can I do about gnats and mosquitoes? I know there are some plants.

By Sheryl

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April 27, 20120 found this helpful

Lemon grass will do it and also there is a geranium called a Shoo Geranium. That is probably the best one.

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March 15, 2007 Flag
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You can help prevent aphid infestations on your vegetables by interplanting them with plants that repel aphids. Some examples are anise, chives, coriander, garlic, onions, petunias, and radish.

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March 21, 2010 Flag
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It's is starting to be spring here a little early, but we will take it. With spring we get what my husband and I call "biting gnats". They are about the size of a gnat, swarm around you and their bite stings.

We love to sit outside all spring and summer long, but in the springtime they make it almost impossible. We have tried spraying ourselves with Listerine and Off. Any ideas on other sprays or plants to plant around our deck? We already plant marigolds for mosquitoes. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

Hardiness Zone: 5a

By Jen from Shellsburg, IA

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