It doesn’t matter if we’re relaxing in the backyard or basking indoors by the window, bugs have a way of finding us and being super, super annoying. Turns out, plants can help with that. Which, personally, we think is mega cool. Here are 5 such plants that can help keep bugs away from you, your family, and pets at home and in your lawn. Now it’s time to get your green thumb on and soak up some sun!
Love lavender? Moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes don’t. You can plant lavender by your front and back doors or in your garden to repel insects. If you have trouble with bugs indoors, try placing lavender bouquets around your home. The smell will leave you happy and help you stay bug-bite free!
Mint is a delightfully aromatic plant that’s famous for repelling mosquitoes and other troublesome pests, both indoors and outdoors. Mint grows quickly, so it’s best to plant it in pots to avoid it reaching into unwanted areas of your garden. Placing mint near entryways and in hanging pots throughout known trouble spots can help substantially with flying insects. For indoor use, use dried mint in open containers wherever you experience the most bug traffic.
We love lemongrass! It smells so, so good and it’s incredible at helping kill and repel unwanted bugs. So good in fact, that it fuels one of our most popular products, Tickshield with Lemongrass.
Citronella emits a similarly clean, lemon-like scent and is widely used to control mosquitoes, flies, ants, and other irritating pests. From sprays to candles, citronella is used in a wide array of over-the-counter bug repellents, especially those that target mosquitoes. So why not skip the middleman and plant it yourself instead?
Basil is another great herb that’s used both in the kitchen and to repel bugs like flies and mosquitoes. Plant your basil in containers and then simply place these near where you relax and unwind both in your backyard and indoors. Bonus: as you grow basil, you can also throw it in your favorite recipes to add a pop of flavor.
This stunning plant will brighten up your place and repel bugs all at the same time. Even better, it’s super easy to grow! You can place petunias in planters or hanging baskets both inside and outside for natural pest control. Planting petunias in your garden can do wonders for helping keep fruits & veggies like tomatoes bug-free.
Nothing ruins outside time like mosquitoes. They leave you super itchy. They do that annoying buzzing thing in your ear. They can give your pets heartworms. They literally drink your blood. They’re the worst.
Sick of avoiding your yard because the mosquitoes have taken over? Thankfully, controlling mosquitoes and preventing their bites is simple with Cedarcide. Plus, you don’t have to expose your family or pets to harmful chemicals to get it done.
Here’s how you can get rid of mosquitoes in 3 easy steps.
There’s simply no better way to control mosquitoes and prevent potentially harmful bites than basic mosquito prevention.
Successful mosquito prevention involves many moving parts, but think of it like home maintenance. Sure, there are seemingly several steps involved, but if you do them as you go, they become routine. And then it doesn’t feel like you’re doing anything extra at all. In other words, don’t worry—preventing mosquitoes is not that difficult. It mostly comes down to limiting moisture and potential mosquito hideouts. Here’s how to do it:
- Lawn maintenance and what you might call “lawn hygiene” are crucial. Mosquitoes seek out spaces rich with clutter and vegetation like tall grass and shrubbery. Any unnecessary clutter that could potentially collect moisture needs to go. Equally important, regularly mow, weed-eat, and trim hedges.
- If you have bird baths, you absolutely must clean and change their water often, like at least once a week. It’s probably even better to consider draining them during the height of mosquito season (March-September).
- Immediately repair faulty sprinklers, hoses, faucets, plumbing, drains, or anything else that can leak moisture into your lawn or garden. Otherwise, you’re just asking for mosquitoes.
- Recreational water sources—like hot tubs, pools, artificial ponds, etc—need to be periodically cleaned and carefully maintained to discourage mosquitoes and mosquito eggs. This includes any tarps or pool covers in use, too.
- Natural features like hollow tree stumps and ditches provide the perfect environment to foster the mosquito life cycle. Whatever the solution, find a way to remove or neutralize these mosquito hotspots.
The ultimate goal here is to make your lawn inhospitable to mosquitoes and other biting insects. The secret weapon? Our family-safe lawn treatment, PCO Choice, which kills and repels mosquitoes and their eggs.
Start by thoroughly spraying your entire front and backyard with PCO Choice, including all shrubbery, bushes, and small trees (remember, this is where those pesky mosquitoes like to hide, breed, and do other gross insect stuff). For best results, you’ll want to repeat this process in two weeks and then move on to monthly applications afterward.
If you’re not currently struggling with mosquitoes and you’re just looking for prevention, you can start with monthly applications from the get-go. If you live in a warmer region such as the South, applications should be done every month unless the temperature drops below freezing for more than a few weeks. If you live in a state prone to cold spells, start spraying monthly in late February and then taper off in November as winter really starts to set in.
Because PCO Choice is plant-based and family-safe, no downtime is necessary. You, your family, and pets can enjoy your lawn right after application!
For additional protection, we strongly advise spreading Cedar Granules throughout your outdoor space, especially surrounding those areas where you and your family spend the most time, like patios, balconies, BBQs, etc.
You’ve learned about mosquito prevention and how to treat your lawn, now it’s time for the easy part: preventing mosquito bites.
One word: Cedarcide Original. Before outdoor activities like dog walks, hikes, jogs, or backyard time, apply this non-toxic bug spray to you, your family, and pets to prevent mosquito bites. For best results, reapply every 5-7 hours and after getting wet. Not only is Cedarcide Original safe to use directly on your pets, it’s also an incredibly effective approach to controlling fleas & ticks without resorting to poisonous chemicals or pesticides.
For more natural ways to control mosquitoes, check out How to Mosquito-Proof Your Yard.
Our popular Cedar Granules are a 100% natural approach to protect your lawn, home, and family from harmful bugs. Here are 5 of our favorites:
A layer of Cedar Granules spread along your home’s foundation and fence line creates a powerful defense against fleas, ants, mites, and other biting insects.
Adding a handful of granules to your potted plants every few months is a simple way to keep them free of annoying pests like spider mites.
Spreading Cedar Granules throughout your lawn & garden protects it from damaging insects without harsh chemicals.
Hanging a sock full of Cedar granules in your closet acts like a cedar chest. Bye-bye moths!
Placing a few handfuls of granules inside your dog’s bed lining will help deter fleas, mites, mosquitoes, and more.