14 Herbs & Plants That Repel All Types Of Insects

Summer can be a little problematic for people who just can’t stand being around insects, and by people, I mean the majority of the population.

It can become a problem to simply sit outside without getting annoyed from mosquitoes, spiders and especially flies.

There are numerous kinds of chemical products that can help us, but why not keep things natural? Here are 14 instructions that you can use without emptying your pocket too much and without inhaling harmful substances.

1. Basil

Basil is usually used for cooking, but it is quite helpful against insects. You can defend your home by planting containers with basil in front of your entrances.

  • Recipe for Basil Insect Repellent Spray:

Take 6 ounces of cleaned basil leaves and mix them in a bowl with 4 ounces of boiling water. Wait for three hours and squeeze the moisture out of the leaves, and add 4 ounces of vodka. Keep it in your fridge and spray.

2. Lemongrass

Lemongrass has citronella which is usually used in many chemical products for insects. You can plant lemongrass in front of your home, or around your porch in order to repel insects.

3. Chrysanthemums (mums)

Because of the pyrethrum that can be found in mums, you can use it is an insect repeller. Harvest the flowers when they are fully grown and wait until they are completely dried.

You can make a powder by crushing them and use it as an insect repeller.

4. Petunias

Aside from the fact that petunias are beautiful plants, they can help you get rid of insects. You can use them as a defense by planting them in your garden, entrance ways, porch or patio.

5. Mint

Mint is mainly used against flies, ants, and mosquitoes. It is really helpful if you keep planted mint in front of your entrance, or around your porch.

If you don’t want to plant it in a pot, you can simply plant it in the ground, but make sure to put it in a coffee pot that has its bottom removed.

6. Rosemary

Similar to the mint, it is really powerful against insects. Once again, you can plant rosemary in front of your entrance ways or around your patio.

To create an insect spray, boil 1 quart of dried rosemary in a quart of water for around half an hour. Mix this with one quart of cooled water and put the mixture in your fridge. Use it outside, or spray your windows in order to repel insects.

7. Lavender

The smell of fresh lavender is simply magnificent, but the insects don’t like it at all. Simply slice several fresh sprigs and tie them wherever you can around your entrance ways or porch.

8. Catnip

Another member of the mint family that can reach a size of three feet high. The cats love it because of the amount of nepetalactone, so it can be helpful for both -- fighting insects and satisfying your cat’s needs.

Simply put leaves around your house, especially around your porch. Also, you can make a tea that can be sprayed in areas where insects dominate the most.

  • Recipe For a Catnip Bug Spray

Take several mature stalks, and take the leaves off. Slice them and blend them together in order to make a pulp. Mix the pulp with around two cups of boiling water and wait for 10 minutes.

Put the mixture in a spray bottle and keep it in your fridge. You can spray catnip outside in front of your home, or on your clothing.

  • Recipe For a Catnip and Vinegar Bug Spray

Take 3 cups of rice vinegar and mix it with 2 cups of sliced catnip leaves. Keep the combination in a mason jar for around 15 days and put the mixture in spray bottle.

Keep it in your fridge and spray it on your skin, clothing or outside areas around your hose.

9. Nasturtiums

These plants are quite easy for gardening and their flowers are edible. However, it can be an insect repeller, especially against aphids, beetles, squash bugs and whiteflies.

10. Chives

Chives are really similar to garlic, and an amazing repeller for aphids, flies and Japanese beetles.

11. Dill

A plant that is used for flavoring food, but it can be used as equipment that repels tomato hornworms, spider mites, aphids, and squash bugs.

12. Oregano

Usually used for cooking, or to spice up your meal, but believe it or not, this plant that belongs to the mint family can really help you fight off mosquitoes.

13. Bee Balm

You can’t use bee balm to get rid of mosquitoes, but it is really helpful against bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

14. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is really helpful for fighting off pests, especially spiders.