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With insects constantly flying around your property, it makes gardening tasks and other outdoor activities more difficult. However, there are numerous insect-repelling plants you can place around your home or in your garden to help keep those pesky bugs at bay.

The essential oils in certain plants act as a natural bug repellent, resulting in fewer insects in your yard. However, plants alone can’t keep your landscape and garden entirely insect free. Other ways to keep bugs away, especially mosquitos, is by removing any standing water which they use to breed and having a company like Critter Control® of Orlando perform regularly scheduled pest control services.

To help better your chances of winning the battle against the bugs invading your property, incorporate the following herbs:

Lavender – Though people love the smell of lavender and have been using the essential oil for centuries; moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitos hate the sweet scent. Keep tied bouquets of lavender inside the home, plant it near entryways, or in parts of your garden that gets plenty of sunlight. You can also make a natural mosquito repellent to spray on your skin by extracting oil from the flowers.

Lemongrass Used to make citronella, lemongrass helps repel mosquitos, assisting with the prevention of contracting insect-borne illnesses such as malaria, dengue, and Lyme disease. The grass can also be used whole, sliced, or pounded into a pace and then added into a variety of culinary dishes like soups, chicken, pork, and even as a flavoring for crème brulee. Keep the grass inside of a pot or plant it in the ground in a well-drained area that receives a lot of sunlight.

Peppermint – The strong fragrance helps repel mosquitos, ants, and even mice. Because mint grows aggressively when planted in the ground, it’s best to keep it in pots around your patio or garden. Place clippings of mint in areas where broccoli, cabbage, and turnips are growing as well as use the leaves to flavor ice tea.

Rosemary – You can keep rosemary in containers on the patio or put it into the garden to repel flies, mosquitos, and other insects from damaging your vegetable plants. Rosemary can also be used for a variety of medical and culinary purposes.

Incorporating these and many other similar plants into your garden will keep vegetables growing and ornamental flower beds looking pretty.

And, while the herbs will assist with deterring small pests, for larger infestations, you can rely on Critter Control® of Orlando to keep you and your family safe. Our experts are well-equipped to handle even your most complex pest infestations. For more information regarding the services we provide, or to schedule your consultation, please call us today at 407-295-7194.

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