During summer days, especially in warmer climates, insects are infesting the outdoors and indoors of your house. Instead of spraying insect repellants that contain lots of toxic chemicals, there are different ways that you can protect yourself from the insects like planting different garden plants and herbs.
Here’s a list of plants and herbs that you can add to your household to keep the nasty pests away:
- Lemongrass – citrus-like odor repels bugs away and what better citrus plant to use other than lemongrass.
- Basil – this plant is a great bug repellant and can also be used to add to many dishes such as salads or pizza.
- Lavender – you can use lavender to repel fleas, flies, mosquitoes, and moths.
- Lemon balm – just like lemongrass, lemon balm also has a citrus smell that repels the bugs. Additionally, you can make an amazing tea using lemon balm. Make sure you keep it in a pot so it doesn’t spread.
- Peppermint – insects detest the smell of peppermint so planting it in your household will keep them away. Make sure you plant them in a pot since they can become very invasive if planted in a garden.
- Marigolds – you can plant these beautiful flowers in your home or garden and will help you repel insects due to the pyrethrum chemical that they contain.
- Rosemary – this herb is largely used in dishes, especially a meaty dish. Aside from the amazing taste it brings to a dish, rosemary can keep the pests away.
- Agastache cana (mosquito plant) – this plant is similar to the lavender with its tall stems and little purple flowers. Mosquitos cannot stand the smell of agastache cana plant.
The Toxicity of Pesticides
Pesticides and pest repellants are made with toxic chemicals that can be deadly to insects. All of these chemicals have some degree of toxicity towards humans as well. The toxicity typically varies from product to product, as well as the route of exposure such as touching, breathing, or eating.
Each product is marked with a signal word that indicates the toxicity of the product. However, that does not mean that the lower toxicity products aren’t toxic. Why use these products when you can use a natural-based product such as the plants listed above to repel the pests coming into your house or hanging out in your garden? Remember, if you think that some product has toxins and you don’t want to expose yourself to them, always go natural.