Flies, gnats, and mosquitos .
You wouldn't hate them so much if they didn't land on you; but there they are: on your shoulder, in your ear and on your neck, ready for the kill.
There's nothing more annoying than enjoying a nice summer day, sipping a cool drink in the sun; than to get attacked by a blood-sucking enemy! poised for an attack as soon as you begin to relax!
Thankfully, God put into our herbs an anti-insect organic compound called: nepetalactone, which can repel all kinds of creatures, like mosquitos, pests, & even cockroaches.
Sound too good to be true? Let's spray your mind with knowledge about what each of these plants below us do, then perhaps you can make your own bug spray and try them yourself!
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. Catnip has been found to be 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.
(Purchase whole Rosemary)
Basil is another who's strong smell keeps pests like mosquitoes and flies from coming around.
You can also throw in a bunch or other herbs - sage, thyme, mints, and more - especially ones that I use in 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.
What ways do you use your backyard herbs to your advantage?