Plants for insect control - Knowledgebase Question

South Boston, va
Question by Rebel_Head
May 20, 2006
What are the best plants to plant around the house to help get rid of gnats, mesquitoes, wasps, spiders, ticks, and flies?


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Answer from NGA
May 20, 2006

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While there are some plants that seem to repel insects, there's really no way to keep insects out of the garden. Bees are drawn to flowers, so if you have no flowering plants around, the population should be less than if you were providing pollen and nectar. Wasps, on the other hand, feed on insects, meat, anything sweet. Other than eliminating the possible attractants, there's not much you can do to keep bees and wasps away. Folklore suggests that plants of the onion family are repulsive to insects. You might try planting onions, leeks, and garlic in and around your house to see if the insect activity is lessened. Bees and wasps are often attracted to bright colors and strong perfumes, so try wearing dark colors when you're outdoors, and forego using perfume, aftershave, or cologne.

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