Summer is the season when we keep windows wide open to let sunlight in and ventilate the rooms. But open windows are also an invitation for various insects to fly in the house and refuse to leave. Flies and mosquitoes are not just annoying – they can carry various diseases and put your family at risk. Insecticides are a solution, but they are also full of aerosols and dangerous chemicals, especially for children and pets. However, there is a safe, effective and 100% natural solution: insect repellent plants to keep either indoor or around the house, in your garden. Here they are:
Also known as mums, these beautiful flowers keep mosquitoes away. They are from the same family as marigolds, but grow taller and their flowers are larger. Tansies have cheerful bright colors – yellow, red, orange and pink. They fare well both indoors and outdoors, so you can have them in your apartment or in the garden.
#2 Tea Tree
Tea has many benefits for our health. Hot or iced, tea is a fragrant beverage, full of antioxidants, ideal during a hot summer day. The tree where the tea leaves come from is also useful around your house – the essential oils in its sap keep various insects away. The tea tree is not a fussy arbor, either: it only needs plenty of sunlight and water.
This plant belongs to the mint family and it blossoms in delicate lavender colored, puffy flowers. It grows around the house without any special care and the blossoms can be kept indoors in vases for days. The pennyroyal is a powerful mosquito repellent. As an extra tip, carry crushes pennyroyal blooms in your pockets if you go outside in mosquito infested areas.
This plant will bring all the neighboring cats to your yard, but it will also keep mosquitoes and flies away. It can also be grown indoors – but expect your pet cat to become hyper after chewing on catnip. However, we can all agree that it’s preferable to have cats rather than pesky insects around your house.
Beautiful and fragrant, lavender is a multi-purpose plant: its essential oils are used by famous perfume makers, their beauty inspires painters and photographers, and it is traditionally placed in wardrobes to keep hungry moths away from clothes. Lavender chases away many other insects and it is very easy to look after both indoor and outdoor.
#6 Pitcher Plant
The name of this plant is very descriptive – its flower looks like a tall and graceful pitcher. But don’t let its looks fool you, this plant is a killer. It attracts insects like mosquitoes and moths inside and…eats them. Yes, the pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant which will efficiently deal with all the unwanted insects around your house.
Thyme is a fragrant herb used in the kitchen to add flavor to your dishes…and one of the most powerful mosquito repellents known. It is not a fussy plant and has great vitality. Just plant it, and then you can almost forget it is there. You will also forget the day when you were chasing after mosquitoes to chase them out of your house.
Geraniums add color and a fresh fragrance to your home and keep all the annoying insects away. They love to have plenty of sun and low humidity, and require pruning here and there. Geraniums bloom in an incredible spectrum of bright colors and make the best natural decorations for your garden or balcony.
Citronella extract is found in most natural insecticides and insect repellent candles. Its particular smell is unbearable for insects and they will avoid the area where citronella is planted. This plant grows about 5-6 feet tall and fares well both in the garden and inside your house, in a large pot.
Rosemary is one of the most refined scented herbs in various cuisines. It adds a subtle flavor to chicken, fish and veal, but its smell is the absolute bane of insects. Keeping fresh rosemary around or inside your house will not only provide you with bio ingredients for your cooking, but it will also keep mosquitoes away.
And here we are, we reached the end of our list of insect repellent plants which you can keep indoors or outdoors. We hope that you will find at least one which you can enjoy having around and you enjoy an insect-free summer.