The Day – Plants that can ward off insects from outdoor living spaces
Outdoor living spaces have become more and more popular among homeowners over the past few years, and this popularity has grown even more over the past year. As social distancing guidelines issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic encouraged people to stay home as much as possible, the desire for accessible and pleasant outdoor spaces grew. A 2020 study of Google’s trend data from interior design retailer Living Spaces found searches for items such as patio lounge chairs and outdoor furniture for small spaces increased by more than 200%. between early 2020 and mid-year.
If outdoor living spaces are in demand, so is to make them as comfortable as possible. Homeowners can do a lot to get the most out of their outdoor spaces, but they can feel helpless in the face of some unwelcome, often relentless guests: bugs. Insects can turn days of lounging on the patio into wars of attrition with hungry insects like mosquitoes. Fortunately, there are ways to control bugs while adding a little aesthetic appeal to the backyard. The Farmer’s Almanac notes that planting these bug control plants around the patio or backyard can help homeowners successfully repel unwanted insects, including mosquitoes.
Lavender is a fragrant plant that adds a touch of purple and is known to repel mosquitoes, fleas, flies, and moths.
Basil can offer the best of both worlds, as it has been found to repel flies and moths and also makes a tasty addition to pasta sauces and other dishes.
Also a valuable ingredient to keep in the kitchen, thyme can help keep hungry mosquitoes away.
The Farmer’s Almanac warns that it’s easy to plant too much mint, so homeowners should only plant with care and make a concerted effort to prevent overgrowth. Also excellent in cooking, mint has long been considered an effective mosquito repellant.
Like lavender, alliums can add a touch of purple to your patio. And while they’re not supposed to repel mosquitoes, alliums have been found to be helpful against cabbage worms, aphids, carrot flies, and slugs.
If ants attract the wrath of owners, chrysanthemums can do the trick. These eye-catching flowers are also believed to repel fleas and cockroaches, among other insects.
The scent of this impressive plant is known to repel mosquitoes and other pests. Marigolds also attract insects like ladybugs which are known to consume aphids, which are tiny insects that reproduce quickly and feed by sucking sap from plants.
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