14 Herbs & Plants That Repel All Types Of Insects

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Now that summer is in full swing you may find yourself wanting to enjoy your outdoor spaces. Perhaps you like to swim, hike, garden, boat or just sit under a tree and read a book. Regardless of what your favorite summertime pursuit is, you may find that you are burdened by all sorts of insects including mosquitoes, fleas, spiders, moths, flies, ants, roaches and more. There is no doubt about it, insects of all kinds can be tremendously pesky, especially if they show up at unwanted times, in unwanted places like your garden or outdoor living spaces.

While there are a number of chemical options for eradicating mosquitoes and other insects, these can be dangerous to your health and the health of your family and animals. To keep things all natural, try these herbs and plants that repel insects so that you can reclaim your personal spaces and enjoy time outdoors.

1. Basil

Not only is basil a delicious culinary herb but its rich aroma is despised by mosquitoes and flies. Plant basil in containers and place them by the entrance ways of your home as the first line of defense. Pinch off your basil often and use in soups, salads, and other recipes. You can also make your own natural insect repellent spray.

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