Pamplin Media Group – Plants that keep insects away from outdoor living spaces

There are ways to control insects while adding aesthetic appeal to your outdoor life.


Outdoor living spaces have become more and more popular among homeowners in recent years, and this popularity has increased further in the past year or so.

As social distancing guidelines released in response to the COVID-19 pandemic encouraged people to stay home as much as possible, the desire for accessible and enjoyable outdoor spaces grew. A 2020 study of Google’s trend data from home decor retailer Living Spaces found searches for items such as patio daybeds and outdoor furniture for small spaces increased by more than 200%. between early 2020 and mid-year.

If outdoor living spaces are in demand, there are also ways to make these spaces 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 unwanted and often relentless guests – the 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 the bugs while simultaneously adding a little aesthetic appeal to the backyard. The Farmer’s Almanac notes that planting these insect repellent plants around the patio or yard can help homeowners successfully repel unwanted insects, including mosquitoes.

LAVENDER: Lavender is a fragrant plant that adds a touch of purple and is known to repel mosquitoes, fleas, flies, and moths.

BASIL: Basil can offer the best of both worlds, as it has been shown to repel flies and moths, and also makes a tasty addition to pasta sauce and other dishes.

THYME: Also a valuable ingredient in cooking, thyme can help keep hungry mosquitoes away.

MINT: The Farmer’s Almanac cautions that mint is easy to overplant, 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 repellent.

ALLIUM: 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.

CHRYSANTHEMAS: 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.

CONCERN: 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 bugs that reproduce quickly and feed by sucking sap from plants.