14 Herbs & Plants That Repel All Types Of Insects

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Catnip Bug Spray

  • Remove a few mature stalks
  • Remove leaves from the stalks and cut into small pieces
  • Place the pieces in a blender or food processor and make pulp
  • Pour two cups of boiling water over the pulp and let steep for ten minutes
  • Strain the solution into a spray bottle
  • Store the spray in the refrigerator until you are ready to go outside – spray on clothing for protection

Catnip and Vinegar Bug Spray

  • Mix 2 cups of catnip leaves with 3 cups of rice vinegar in a quart size mason jar.
  • Store the jar in a dark place for about two weeks
  • Strain the mixture and put into a spray bottle and refrigerate. Use on your skin and clothing to keep pests away

More Herbs & Plants With Insect Repellent Properties

9. Nasturtiums –  These old-time favorites repel whiteflies, aphids, cabbage loopers, squash bugs, aphids and beetles

10. Chives – Are a great deterrent for flies, Japanese beetles, and aphids

11. Dill – Repels aphids, spider mites, cabbage loopers, squash bugs and tomato hornworms.

12. Oregano – Oregano is a flowering plant in the mint family that will help keep mosquitoes away. This culinary favorite does well in pots or raised beds.

13. Bee Balm – Bee balm is a favorite perennial plant of butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees but not mosquitoes.

14. Eucalyptus –  Eucalyptus is a tree that is very effective at repelling a wide range of pests such as spiders.

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