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Pest Deterring Herbs
By Sara@YourThrivingFamily - June 27, 2014

Pest Deterring Herbs

Pest Deterring Herbs | BulkHerbStore.com/blog | Looking for herbs to get rid of bugs? Here you go! We recently moved from California, where we had annoying - but rarely biting - bugs, to Texas where we've been getting eaten alive! Seriously, there have been quite a few mornings and nights in our home - and no we don't leave the doors open - that all the sudden I have found an itch. Another mosquito bite!!! I had to do something else. I had already started doing the other things I knew of to Ward off Biting Bugs without Chemicals, but we needed one more thing. We needed to get some Pest Deterring Herbs thriving by the entrances of our home. My kids love helping me plant n the garden and since moving we hadn't had a chance to get anything growing yet. I always have herbs going outside for cooking and when we had chickens they were a nice treat for them. Here is the great thing, they have SO many more uses! One of the big uses is keeping those biting bugs away . . . Since we will be moving again soon, I decided to use the biggest pots we had around and make a collection of herbs to place by the front and back doors. This way pests would be deterred from going inside our house. Of course if we were staying here, I would much rather just place these all around our home and back yard to keep every opening covered and the yard free from bugs for when the kids are playing outside. In the meantime we are using my homemade bug spray when we play outside - and yes, the kids love the smell! Pest Deterring Herbs | BulkHerbStore.com/blog | Looking for herbs to get rid of bugs? Here you go!

Here is what I used:

  • Citronella Plant
  • Catnip
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
Citronella Plant, or lemongrass, is probably one of the best known plants that bugs don't like to be around! Catnip is a natural mosquito repellent. Iowa State University reported that catnip is ten times more effective than DEET, the chemical found in most commercial insect repellents. (source) Lavender is a great herb for it's abundant oil. This can even deter insects from being able to smell stuff they want to eat! Rosemary's woody scent keeps mosquitoes, cabbage moths and carrot flies away. Basil is another who's strong smell keeps pests like mosquitoes and flies from coming around. We also threw in a bunch or other herbs - sage, thyme, mints, and more - especially ones that I use in the bug spray. Marigolds are also a great plant for repelling bugs, especially the ones who try to eat your plants. Geraniums also have a strong scent that bugs don't like - but I have to agree with them, so I don't grow those. Right now Bulk Herb Store is offering $10 off both volumes of "Making Herbs Simple" from Bulk Herb Store OR, if you don't want "hard copies", there is also an instant download option. This way you can triple purpose those great herbs you have growing. Pest Deterring Herbs | BulkHerbStore.com/blog | Looking for herbs to get rid of bugs? Here you go! Here is another bonus for you! This post has one of my favorite tasty things to whip up using stuff you have growing in the backyard!
What ways to you use your backyard herbs to your advantage?