Posted By: Ann Richards · 6/14/2013 3:30:00 PM

I love spending time out on my deck reading or visiting with friends and family.  However, there is one thing that can spoil my time outside … it’s anything that bites or stings.  I’ll sit outside under the deck’s roof through rain and storms … as long as there’s no lightning … however, if any mosquitoes show up, I head indoors.

So, I thought it was grand when I found the following info about plants that will repel bugs naturally.


FEVERFEW, repels mosquitoes and other flying, biting insects.  It’s ideal for planning around outdoor seating area, pathways and close to doorways and windows. 

CHRYSANTHEMUMS, help to repel a bunch of bugs, including:  aphids, leafhoppers, spider mites, harlequin bugs and ticks.  It’s best used as a companion plant to protect other plants from insects.

PENNYROYAL,  helps to repel mosquitoes, gnats, ticks and fleas.   Pennyroyal leaves crushed onto your skin acts as an effective insect repellent.  You can also put the crushed leaves into our pockets, bags and hats.  And, don’t forget to rub the leaves onto your dog. 

LAVENDER, my favorite, is most useful for repelling mosquitoes and gnats.  As with feverfew and citronella grass; lavender is best planted in the garden around sitting areas, windows and doors.  Dried lavender flowers can be used in the closet to repel moths and keep clothes smelling fresh. 

MARIGOLDS, will help keep insects away from other plants especially tomato plans.  This flower will also work to keep mosquitoes away from you. 

CITRONELLA GRASS, is the insect repelling plant we’ve all heard about.  For best results, plant citronella grass in the garden and use it in conjunction with feverfew and lavender.  And, if you have a dog that barks too much … plant a bunch of citronella grass … it’s been found to have a calming effect on barking dogs.

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