Insect Repellant Plants for the garden
Plants that naturally repel insects can be of great benefit in the garden. Insect repellant plants generally work by releasing a scent or fragrance that insects are deterred by. The scent or oils released from the sap are the important elements. Basil and thyme are favourite herbs for repelling flies and mosquitoes, so grow them near the barbecue and use them as culinary herbs at the same time.
Some plants will naturally repel insects others work best when the oils are released by boiling the leaves and then used as a misting spray.
Insect repellant Plants are a great natural way to provide a little protection from insects, we provide a list.
Basil can act as a fly and mosquito repellant, grow it in pots near the back door or in a shady spot near the barbecue.
Tansy repels fly’s and its leaves respell ants, its a strong smelling herb.
Leptospermum liversidgei is one of the nest native plants for repelling mosquitos
Wormwood will help respell cats, use cuttings on the ground to stop cats digging, it also helps deter snails, so place leaves near seedlings.
Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum) can be used around a chook pen to deter lice.
Pyrethrum (Tanacetum cinerariifolium) is used to make the well known Pyrethrum Sprays.
Plectranthus ornatus is known as Dogs Bane, yes it is a deterrent to some dogs.
Fennel is used to for keeping fleas away from kennels ‘plant fennel near your kennel ‘ as the old saying goes.
Coriander deters aphids, so grow some near the roses.