Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me! Herbs That Repel Bugs

Insects…one of the most unwanted house guests! They can drive you so crazy! There are natural ways to repel insects that not only add a nice look to your yard and garden but are edible too. And the aroma  they put off will also be an added feature to your rock garden or just in a flower pot where you most frequent. Ever buy spices in a store and see just how much they cost? Grow your own and at the same time…keeping unwanted bugs at bay. Essential oils in these plants act as nature’s bug repellent. Insects tend to avoid them. You can even use some of these plants to make your own natural bug repellent. But know that simply including insect-repelling plants in your landscape will not in itself ensure your garden is insect free.


Repels house flies and mosquitoes. Plant basil in containers by your house doors and in outdoor areas where you like to relax or entertain. Basil is delicious in salads, in many pork and chicken recipes and with a variety of soups. Basil also improves the flavors of certain vegetables, include tomatoes, peppers and asparagus. You also can use fresh basil to make an insect repellent spray. A simple recipe calls for pouring 4 ounces of boiling water into a container holding 4 to 6 ounces of clean, fresh basil leaves (stems can be attached), letting the leaves steep for several hours, removing the leaves and squeezing all of the leaves’ moisture into the mixture. Then thoroughly mix 4 ounces of (cheap!) vodka with the basil-water mixture. Store in the refrigerator and apply as a spray when going outdoors. Be sure to keep the spray away from your eyes, nose and mouth.