With March finally here, the cold winter weather will soon be giving way to warm spring sunshine. While this change of seasons comes as welcome relief for many people, it also brings with it the arrival of many pesky insects. As the mosquitoes and gnats begin to show up, you might be tempted to run for the nearest bottle of bug spray. However, there are a wide variety of common housewarming plants that are effective insect repellents. These amazing specimens make for great potted plant gifts to give to a friend or relative who’s looking to fight off a potential summer swarm.
According to HomeGrownTexas.com, herbs are generally the most successful plants for repelling bugs of all kinds. Insects typically rely upon their sense of smell to detect edible flora - the stronger the aroma, the more likely the pests will hear the dinner bell ringing. This can be a particularly difficult situation if you have a garden filled with delicious plants and flowers. Luckily, herbs pack an aromatic punch of their own that many species of bugs find unappealing. Because of this, mixing in some repellent herbs with your garden is a great way to keep hungry pests at bay. In addition, certain varieties of herbs are better at driving away some bugs than others.
A common ingredient in a variety of delicious spring and summer dishes, basil is also a powerful weapon against the common housefly. According to TLC, this adaptive herb can grow in many different climates - from the dampest forests to the driest desert plains. By simply placing a few basil plants in key locations around your home and yard, there won't be a fly in sight. This herb also works well at keeping mosquitoes away.
If you've ever owned a citronella candle, then you're already familiar with this popular insect-fighting agent. Originally from Asia, citronella grass is a coarse plant that grows well in tropical climates such as California and Florida, reports Flordata.com. The oil derived from this grass is the primary ingredient used to keep all manner of bugs in check - either by applying it mixed with vegetable oil to your skin or burning it in candle form.
This popular flavor is an herb that works well for keeping ants and even mice out of your home's interior. TLC reports that sister plants like catnip and pennyroyal are also great for keeping fleas, mosquitoes and flies away in addition to ants. Simply leave out a few bowls of dried mint leaves to keep your home pest-free.