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Warm weather is here, and you’ve been waiting a long time to enjoy your backyard. There is one big problem though, backyard pests. Depending on where you live, you may have to suffer through flies, mosquitoes, and even flea infestations. If this sounds like you, then it’s time to start adding pest-fighting plants to your yard.
Living in the desert, I have had to endure flies every summer. The worst part is they prey on your pets! I can’t even imagine how it must be for people who live in tropical climates, dealing with these insects year-round. If you are looking to take back your backyard, or maybe even your kitchen, then read on about pest-fighting plants that can help.
Sun: 6 hours of sun a day in a warm environment.
Water: Provide water at its base when soil is dry to the touch. Be sure not to water leaves.
Companion Plants: Tomatoes and parsley make great companion plants.
If you are looking for a beautiful aromatic plant to prevent flies as well as mosquitoes, then sweet basil is a great option. You can either place it inside near a window or outdoors in a flower bed.
Help this herb thrive by keeping its soil damp, well-drained, and allowing plenty of sun. It is suitable to be planted by itself or with other herbs that have similar maintenance needs.
Sun: Full afternoon sun with shade in hotter climates help lavender grow.
Water: Lavender thrives in well-drained soil.
Companion Plants: Wild indigo, babies breath, aster, and sedum.
Want more sun-loving plants? Check out these drought-tolerant flowers and plants.
Lavender is probably one of my favorites because it not only prevents bugs; it helps me sleep every night. This drought-resistant plant is excellent for beginners and does very well with full sun and good drainage. It’s adaptable to different climates but does best in warmer weather.
Also, it looks GORGEOUS! If you are trying to get rid of fleas, moths, mosquitoes, and flies, then you need some lavender in your life. Just be aware that this fragrant plant does attract butterflies, but who doesn’t like butterflies?
Sun: Full sun for at least 6 hours per day.
Water: Water with your lawn in the morning so the afternoon sun may dry leaves. Avoid leaving this plant wet too long.
Companion Plants: Dianthus plants and vegetables.
Use these stunning flowers to prevent ants, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs, root-knot nematodes, and even roaches. The blooms of chrysanthemums contain pyrethrum, which is a common ingredient in insect repellant and dog shampoo.
Give your garden protection that is effective and stunning to view. I recommend placing these in your vegetable garden to reap all of its benefits.
Sun: Full or partial sun for a minimum of 6 hours per day.
Water: Thorough watering once a week is ideal as petunias don’t go well with constantly soggy soil.
Companion Plants: Beans, basil, grapes, and tomatoes.
These flowers come in a HUGE variety of colors, which is part of why they’re so popular. If you would like to repel aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, squash bugs, and leafhoppers, then this is your answer!
Petunias prefer plenty of sun but will do just fine if you want to place them inside the home. If any insects decide to wander into your home, chances are they will find themselves stuck to the petunia’s sticky hairs. Eventually, the roots of this pretty flower will absorb nutrients from the unlucky bug.
Sun: Peppermint does well with a large range of sun, but prefers shaded areas.
Water: Keep soil moist but not soggy.
Companion Plants: Broccoli, kale, and cabbage.
Not only is mint a digestive aid, but it is also fantastic at preventing flies and mosquitos. Peppermint is toxic to mosquito larvae and will keep them from breeding. As a bonus, spiders can’t stand it and will stay away.
As a bonus, it smells truly divine. Just be careful planting mint, because it grows like crazy and can take over your yard.
Sun: Full sun for 6 hours.
Water: Regular watering with well-drained soil.
Companion Plants: Pumpkin, squash, and beets.
This pest-fighting plant is a cat magnet, but it is quite the opposite for pests. Place this inside your home or in your yard to scare off mosquitoes. It will also prevent termites and cockroaches from taking over your home.
Sun: Full sun is best, but will grow in partial shade.
Water: Well-drained, fertile soil.
Companion Plants: Corn, roses, squash, cucumber, and beans.
These marigold look-alikes are great at preventing flies, fleas, moths, mice, and ants. You can easily make a spray out of the tansy by combining 1 cup of fresh tansy leaves with 2 quarts of boiling water. Be sure to place your mixture into a heatproof container before transferring to a spray bottle. Do not drink this tea as it is toxic to consume. Use it as an insect repellant!
Sun: Slightly shaded area, but will tolerate full sun.
Water: Citronella loves water and should be watered regularly to avoid drying out.
Companion Plants: Marigold, basil, and lavender.
Try some citronella if you want to be singing ‘Goodbye Mosquitoes!’ This low-maintenance plant does well to prevent flies as well. Its strong but pleasant scent is what makes it so popular to use in insect repellant and candles.
Sun: Full sun for a minimum of 6 hours per day.
Water: Regular watering a bare minimum of every other day with misting.
Companion Plants: Mint, thyme, basil, cilantro, and lemon verbena.
Lemongrass works to repel flies and kills mosquito larvae. It requires full sun and smells divine. Be cautioned not to use this around pregnant women and new moms.
Yay, For Pest-Fighting Plants!
This list of pest-fighting plants has got me ready to go shopping. I love having tons of plants around my place, as it adds so much character and life to each space. Which pest-fighting plants are your favorite? Let me know in the comments!