While we are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy our Phoenix outdoor living spaces year-round, one of the most significant benefits to the cooler winter months is the lack of bugs. But as soon as the weather begins to warm up, the unwanted flying and biting guests start to arrive. Bugs sprays, candles, and even bug zappers can only do so much. However, you can create a bug-free zone around your yard by adding plants that are known to repel bugs. You can learn more about natural bug repellant plants and how they can be incorporated into your landscape by calling 480-969-1911 for a free consultation or CLICK HERE to complete the online form.
Herbs And Essential Oils
You will be happy to learn that the natural bug repellants are far more pleasant than the chemical smells of most bug sprays. You might even decide to dry some of these plants to add their fragrance to your home.
Rosemary: Rosemary will grow indoors or outside in the Phoenix area. And this plant offers many uses inside and outside your home. Most people are familiar with its fragrance and use in the kitchen, but only a few know that this aroma will keep ticks and fleas away. It is also useful to repel mosquitos. For this application, you need to boil the rosemary and then use the water, once cooled, in a spray bottle to repel this annoying insect.
Lavender: Lavender provides a beautiful bouquet of pale purple flowers with a pleasant and relaxing aroma. And while humans enjoy this fragrance, flies, moths, and mosquitos find the odor to be repulsive. And because of the essential oil in this plant, the aroma from even cut lavender will last for several days to help keep the bugs away. This makes lavender perfect for a cut flower centerpiece on your outdoor dining table or indoors as well. Placing a few of these plants near your outdoor living and dining areas will help you to avoid mosquito bites year-round without having to coat your skin with bug spray.
Basil: The basil plant offers many benefits from a tasty herb to try in the kitchen or on the grill to a repellant of pesky mosquitos and flies. This easy to grow plant is excellent in window boxes and along your patio to keep bugs away, and a bonus is that the oil in basil will kill mosquito eggs.
Peppermint: The fragrance of peppermint is familiar to most people. And while most find it to be a pleasant aroma, some find it to be strong and pungent. But the good news, if you like the fragrance, is that ants, spiders, and mosquitos can’t stand the smell. Peppermint can be grown in the ground or in pots to be strategically placed throughout your outdoor living space or inside your home.
Larger Plants For A Larger Repellant
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus trees have a powerful fragrance due to their size. A screen of these trees along a property line will provide a bug deterrent to a large area and keep the scent from becoming overpowering in your outdoor living space. These trees do get quite large, and the foliage does create some debris. But the payoff of a bug-free zone is well worth the need to tidy up leaves once in a while. In addition, the essential oil in the eucalyptus can be used to make a spray that will kill aphids, mites, earwigs, whiteflies, and sand flies on contact.
Camphor: Camphor trees work much like a giant citronella candle. The fragrance of these trees repels mosquitoes from the entire area. And the rich green foliage is a beautiful backdrop for any outdoor living space.
Other Important Tips
You can also avoid bug infestations in your yard by:
- Eliminating standing water or puddles of water
- Keeping food and drinks covered
- Keeping lids on your trash receptacles
To learn more about adding some of the bug repellant plants to your landscape and outdoor living area, call 480-969-1911 to schedule a free consultation with a UNIQUE landscape design specialist. You can also CLICK HERE to complete an online request, and a designer will contact you to set up your appointment.