Mother Nature has provided us with Plants that can ward off pests from our gardens, homes and even our skins. These plants are more natural, inexpensive and safer than the chemical pesticides which are hazardous to our health. Moreover, these plants are easy to plant and maintain.

Here are all natural, safe, and inexpensive plants that ward off pests from your gardens and homes

1. Basil

This herb repels mosquitoes and flies. The smell of this herb is unpleasant to pests. This herb can be planted near the doors to your home or outdoor areas where you often relax or entertain. This one year plant can be easily grown. All you need to do is to buy the plant and nurture it.

Fresh basil can also be used to make a natural insect repellent spray. Besides its ability to repel insects, it is also a good Flavor Enhancer.

2. Lavender

This wonderful plant is very effective for pest control. It repels mosquitoes, flies, fleas, moths, and other unwanted insects. This plant has been used for centuries in various homes because of its sweet smell. This plant can survive all weather conditions and it is easy to maintain. The oil extracted from its flower can be applied on the skin to ward off unwanted pests. Besides its insect repelling properties, it nourishes the skin and induces sleep.

3. Lemongrass

Lemongrass contains natural oil known as citronella, which repels mosquitoes and other insects. Also, the lemon fragrance of this grass is very unpleasant for pests. This grass needs a lot of water and sun.

So, you need to be strategic while planting it. Lemongrass can also serve as a flavor enhancer in soups.

4. Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums release an airborne chemical that repels insects such as whiteflies, aphids, beetles, squash bugs and cabbage loopers. In fact, the presence of this plant near a vegetable garden favors vegetables such as; cucumber, kale, broccoli, tomatoes, collards, and radishes. The good news is that this plant does not repel bumblebee, which is a very important pollinator.

5. Petunia

Petunia is commonly referred to as nature’s pesticide because they repel a variety of insects including hornworms, beetles, aphids, leafhoppers and squash bugs. Petunia comes in different bright colors and is very easy to maintain. Planting them along the edges of vegetable gardens, favor vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, and basil.

6. Lemon Thyme

This herb survives all weather condition. The natural chemicals contained in this plant repel mosquitoes. This plant will not repel mosquitoes until the leaves are bruised to release its chemicals. You can also rub the chemicals on your body to repel insects. Before you do that, ensure that your body won’t adversely react to the photochemical.