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Bugs Be Gone! 9 Flowers That Are Natural Insect Repellents

May 18, 2023 at 7:44 PM PST
Garden Outdoors Plants Flower Garden

Bugs Be Gone! 9 Flowers That Are Natural Insect Repellents

May 18, 2023 at 7:44 PM PST

As the weather warms up, we’re excited to spend more time outdoors soaking up the sun. Spring and summer are great seasons for rest and renewal. They’re also great for admiring growth and blooming, both figuratively and literally. It’s the time of the year when flowers bloom in all their glory, reminding us of how beautiful nature is. However, flowers aren’t just here for aesthetic pleasure. They can also greatly benefit your vegetable garden. There are types of flowers that keep pesky bugs away, so be sure to plant these flowers in your garden for a natural bug repellent.

Keep scrolling to find out the flowers you should plant to keep bugs away.


marigold flowers
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Marigolds are popular among gardeners for repelling annoying insects such as mosquitos, roundworms, and greenflies. Their vibrant yellow color and strong fragrance deter bugs from coming near. Plant these flowers around the border of your garden or near other plants as a protector.


lavender plant
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Known for its calming powers and soothing scent, lavender is also great as a natural insect repeller. The fragrance is great for keeping mosquitos, flies, fleas, and moths at bay. Lavender thrives when planted in sunny areas.


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These flowers contain pyrethrum, a natural insecticide that is used in many bug repellants sold in stores. The flowers are great for repelling ants, beetles, roaches, mosquitos, and other pests. Plant them in areas like entryways and patio areas to keep bugs away.


petunia flowers
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These beautiful flowers come in a variety of vibrant colors. They’re also great for repelling tomato worms, leafhoppers, and greenflies. They add color to your garden, protect other plants from insects, and love being in the sun — what’s not to love?


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These flowers have a distinct aroma that hides the scent that attracts bugs. They’re a natural deterrent for ants, beetles, and mosquitos. Geraniums work well near doorways and windows to keep bugs from entering your home.


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These edible flowers are great for repelling whiteflies, squash bugs, and greenflies. The flowers produce a peppery scent that keeps bugs far away. Plant nasturtiums in your vegetable garden to protect your harvest from bug infestation.


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Lemongrass adds a beautiful citrus scent to your garden and also repels mosquitos. The plant’s essential oil contains citronella, which is a popular insect repellent. Plant lemongrass near outdoor seating to prevent pesky insects.


calendula flower
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These pretty flowers are great for deterring pests. They’re known for their antimicrobial and antifungal properties. They can be planted near most herbs and vegetables and are great for keeping tomato hornworms and asparagus beetles far away.


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This perennial is a great border for vegetable gardens. They repel most insects and look great when planted next to other plants and flowers. On their own, they are a powerful insect repellent and beautiful addition to your garden.



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