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What Are Repellent Plants and Attractant Plants and How Do They Relate To Pests?

Did you know that some plants can repel some kinds of insect pests, while other plants actually attract them?

What are some of the plants that work well to repel insects?

Basil: This plant is a great way to keep flies away from your home. Just plant some basil right outside your doors or mix it in with some flowers around the exterior of your home. Mosquitoes will also stay away from your home.

Dried Bay Leaves: They work very well for keeping annoying pests away. When you put one dried bay leaf into some white flour, it will keep weevils out of your kitchen cabinets, along with protecting your rice barley, oatmeal, cornmeal, and quinoa.

Lavender: Great for repelling mosquitoes, and it will keep rabbits way from your spinach and lettuce plants.

Catnip, Mint, and Pennyroyal: Plant these next to your home’s foundation to prevent mice and ants from coming into your home. Pennyroyal works great for preventing ants, flies, fleas, and mosquitoes from entering your home. Please note that pennyroyal, in large amounts, can be very toxic to children and pets.

Rosemary: This herb will repel mosquitoes, and also keep moths away.

Which plants actually attract insects?

Caraway, Coriander, Dandelion, Dill, Fennel, and Queen Anne’s Lace plants: All of these attract the Lacewing insect. Lacewing larvae kill other kinds of pests. This insect is also called the aphid lion because it likes to eat aphids. Additionally, they like to feed on mites, insect eggs, and other small insects.

Buckwheat, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Prairie Sunflower, and Queen Anne’s Lace plants: These really appeal to Ladybugs. The young larvae have orange and black markings, don’t fly, and they consume a lot more pests compared to the adults. Ladybugs lay yellow eggs in clusters, typically on the back side of leaves.

Caraway, Dill, Gloriosa Daisy, Lavender Globe Lily, Lemon Balm, Parsley, and Spearmint plants: These will certainly attract Hoverfiles. The adults resemble little bees that hover around and dart away very quickly. They do not sting. They feed on mealybugs, aphids, and many other insects.

Caraway, Coriander, Dill, Lavender Globe Lily, Orange Stonecrop, and Parsley plants: They appeal to the parasitic mini-wasp. This insect does not sting. The larvae feed on various pests by burrowing inside them.

If you would like to use different types of plants to attract or repel insects, there certainly are several to select from. Herbs, flowers, and plants are not only a wonderful way to make your property look more beautiful, but also for keeping many kinds of pests away, and out of your home. If you don’t happen to have a green thumb, and you have a pest problem, then you should definitely contact Edge Pest Control. Also note that you don’t see thing like crickets, cockroaches,  and spiders on this list. These pests can only be controlled with pest control services. Edge is always ready to help.

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