Insects infest the outside and inside of your home throughout the summer, especially in warmer areas. Instead than spraying insect repellants that contain a lot of hazardous chemicals, there are other ways to protect oneself from insects, such as planting various garden plants and herbs.
Here is a list of plants and herbs that you may add to your home to keep pests at bay:
- Lemongrass — lemongrass has a citrus-like odor that repels pests, and what better citrus plant to utilize than lemongrass?
- Basil – this herb repels insects and may be used to flavor a variety of foods, including salads and pizza.
- Lavender – Lavender may be used to repel fleas, flies, mosquitoes, and mot
- Lemon balm – Lemon balm, like lemongrass, has a citrus scent that repels
pests. Lemon balm may also be used to produce a delicious tea. Keep it in a pot to
prevent it from spreading.
- Peppermint – Because insects dislike the fragrance of peppermint, putting it in
your home will keep them away. Plant them in a container since they may grow
quite invasive if planted in a garden.
- Marigolds – These attractive flowers may be planted in your house or yard and can
help repel insects owing to the pyrethrum chemical that they contain.
- Rosemary – this herb is commonly used in meals, particularly those including meat.
Aside from the excellent flavor it adds to a meal, rosemary may keep pests at bay.
- Agastache cana (mosquito plant) — with its long stalks and little purple blooms, this
plant resembles lavender. Mosquitoes are repulsed by the odor of the agastache cana plant.
Pesticides and insect repellants contain poisonous compounds that are lethal to insects. All of these substances are harmful to humans to varying degrees. The toxicity of a substance varies depending on the product and the mode of exposure, such as touching, inhaling, or ingesting.
Each product is labeled with a signal word that indicates its toxicity. That is not to say that the lower toxicity goods are not toxic. Why use these treatments when you may use a natural-based solution, such as the plants described above, to repel pests from your home or garden? Remember, if you suspect a product contains toxins and do not want to expose yourself to them, always choose natural.