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11 Pest-Control Plants You Need in Your Yard

Not everyone is comfortable spraying or sprinkling pest repellents in their yard. If you're in this camp, try these plants to keep bugs out of your yard.

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Lace your lawn with lavender

Known to keep fleas and mosquitoes at bay, lavender smells great and can be used in many other ways.

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Plant basil in your yard and house

Basil keeps away mosquitoes and flies. It can be grown in pots or in the garden. And, keep a pot in your kitchen to keep pesky flies away from your food. Check out these 10 herbs that grow well in containers on your patio.

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Grow garlic

You’ll be able to cook with what you grow, but it also is a great way to repel Japanese beetles.

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Fennel fends off snails

Grossed out by slugs and snails? Fennel is a natural repellent that also has many uses in the kitchen. Here are 8 more patio plants you can eat.

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Line your lawn with lemongrass

Mosquitoes can ruin an outdoor party, so plant lemongrass because the scent is said to be a natural deterrent. You might want to try one of these 15 chemical-free bug repellents too.

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Marigolds combat mosquitoes

Looking for a pretty way to keep mosquitoes away? Plant marigolds! There are a variety of different colors and heights available. Here’s how long those mosquitoes tend to live, by the way.

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Make the most of mint

Cost effective and fast-growing, mint repels a multitude of bugs including mosquitoes. Also, grow some indoors for pests that make their way in! Here are more plants that repel mosquitoes naturally.

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Chrysanthemums: Beautiful and repellent

Pretty and potent to pests, chrysanthemums keep away some of the most despised bugs including mosquitoes, roaches, beetles, ticks, and silverfish!

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Protect your produce with alliums

Bugs are often attracted to fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. Alliums keep away cabbage worms, carrot flies, slugs, and other bugs that love to eat what you’re growing. Don’t miss the 6 worst garden pests, and how to get rid of them naturally.

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Pepper your garden with petunias

They repel aphids, are bright, beautiful and easy to maintain. Plant petunias and enjoy their beauty and your bug-free garden.

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Venus fly traps work inside and out

Plant Venus fly traps and bring some potted ones indoors. These aren’t just fun to watch, but they actually do trap flies and another despised bug, the ant.

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Julia K. Porter
Dr. Julia Porter has worked in Higher Education since 2008, following a career as a High School teacher in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a PhD in Global Leadership from Indiana Tech, an MA in English Literature from Brooklyn College, and a BS in English Education from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). She lives in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and rambunctious Australian Shepherd.