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Plants That Keep Bugs Away

The weather is going to start to warm up soon and many flying and crawling insects will start to make their presence known. Many plants have natural insect-repelling qualities, and these plants, in addition to regular pest control, can help maintain a pleasant environment for your workers and customers.

Lemon Grass

Lemon grass is used in citronella oil, which helps ward off mosquitoes and other insects. Citronella oil is a common natural ingredient in most mosquito repellants. The plant has a strong smell, so it works better at keeping mosquitoes at bay than candles and torches. Lemon grass tolerates heat and drought but not frost. So in most areas, it’s best planted in a pot that can be moved indoors in winter. Any citrus scented plants will get the job done, so try any lemon scented plant!


Lavender repels a number of insects like moths, flies, fleas, and mosquitoes. Although bees love lavender, all other insects hate. Plant it near entryways to your business to help keep those areas pest free. Not only does lavender keep pests away, but it smells great!


Basil is an aromatic herb that repels mosquitoes and flies. A pot of basil, or a stalk hung on the window can help chase the insects away from windows. Keeping basil on the terrace is a good idea for hotels in order to keep mosquitoes away from guest rooms!

Although all of these plants have natural abilities to repel mosquitoes and other unwanted insects, they may not always be effective. A light breeze could waft the smell in an opposite direction, defeating the purpose of the plant. Nevertheless, these could be helpful tools used in addition to regular pest control to keep insects at bay!