These dainty little annuals not only liven up your landscape but also will keep aphids, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers, squash bugs and tomato hornworms away. Add some petunias to your veggie garden and not only will they add color but also a strong line of defense. I always keep mixed pots with plenty of petunias around my patio and porch areas.
Mint is by far one of the most effective natural pest control options, particularly for ants, flies and mosquitoes. The nice thing about mint is that you can use it in a variety of ways for safe and natural pest deterrent.
I recommend keeping pots of mint around your doors and on patios and porches. Mint has a very aggressive growth habit and will quickly take over any garden space if you let it. If you want to plant mint in the ground, the best way to do it is to put it in a coffee pot without a bottom. This will restrain the growth. Here are some other ideas on how to use mint to repel insects:
- To control pests inside the house: Crush some mint leaves and place them in a small piece of cheesecloth and tie. Put them in areas of your home where you need help controlling pests.
- Insect repellent: Cut some fresh mint leaves and put them in a small pan with a few orange and lemon peels. Cover them with water and bring to a boil. Let the mixture sit for at least 12 hours and strain. Mix equal parts mint infused water and rubbing alcohol. Use in a spray bottle.
Rosemary, a member of the mint family, has a pleasing aroma and is a popular culinary herb that is also an effective deterrent for mosquitoes and other insects that like to munch on garden plants along with spiders. Use rosemary as a landscape plant around your home, garden, and outdoor living areas. I like to put rosemary in pots on my outdoor tables and on my patio.
Make a simple insect spray by boiling 1 quart of dried rosemary in a quart of water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid into a half gallon container filled with one quart of cooled water. Put the rosemary water into the refrigerator and transfer to spray bottles. Use the deterrent when you go outside. I also like to spray around my window screens.