Insects can be a huge problem in the garden, especially when they start eating your plants. But there are plenty of ways to keep them out of your vegetable patch and away from your prized tomato plants. If it’s just some harmless caterpillars, you can probably just pick them off the plant and toss them into the compost pile. If it’s bugs that bite or sting (like bees or wasps), then you may want to use insecticides on them if they’re threatening your safety or if they’re damaging your plants.
When you’re trying to keep bugs at bay, it can be hard to figure out which plants are going to work for you. It’s a good thing we’re here, We’ll tell you what plants are best for your needs, and how to use them. There are lots of options when it comes to insect control, but one of the most important things is to make sure that whatever plant you choose will be able to withstand the conditions in which you live. For example, if you live in an area where there is no shade throughout the day (like a desert), then you should probably not choose any plants that need some kind of shade to grow properly.
However, if you live somewhere where there is plenty of shade available to plant your new companion, then there are many great options available for keeping pests away from your home or business We all want to grow beautiful, healthy plants. But there are so many insects and other pests out there that make growing them seem impossible. Insects can be really hard to control, especially if you’re using chemical pesticides that can harm your plants as well as harmful insects. Luckily there are many herbs and flowers that repel or control insects naturally without harming other wildlife or humans. Here are some of my favorite plants for insect control:
Some herbs and flowers are good for insect control.
Herbs and flowers can be used in various ways to help control insects.
- Some herbs are good for repelling insects. For example, many people like to plant basil around their tomato plants because it repels aphids.
- Some herbs attract beneficial insects. For example, chives have a pleasant odor that attracts hoverflies, which lay their eggs on aphids so the larvae can eat them (1). (Hover flies are also known as syrphid flies.)
- Some herbs attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Because of this benefit, you should avoid using toxic chemicals on plants that have flowers that attract bees or butterflies.
- Many people grow bee balm (monarda) or thyme around their vegetable gardens because these herbs attract both pollinators and beneficial predators of pests such as aphids and leafhoppers.
Insects do not like strong scents.
When it comes to deterring insects, using herbs and flowers can be a great way to control insect populations. Many of the herbs and flowers that have strong scents will also repel mosquitoes, flies and other pests.
Some plants that have been found to be effective include mint, lavender, garlic and chrysanthemums
Planting herb plants that deter insects is a great way to keep those creepy crawlies out of the garden.
Herbs and flowers are good for insect control. There’s no need to try chemical sprays if you have the right plants in your garden. Here are some herbs that deter insects:
- Basil – This herb is one of the most popular in Italian cooking and can be used fresh or dried, so it will grow year-round, Basil is also effective at repelling mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and other pests. Plus it tastes great on salads.
- Catnip – Catnip is a favorite among cats as well as humans because it helps repel fleas from your pet people who come into contact with catnip may get a pleasant buzz from its oils but don’t worry, you won’t get high from this plant. The smell of catnip deters many insects including cabbage moths which can ruin cabbage heads as well as aphids which feed on many different types of plants including tomatoes
Borage repels tomato hornworms and cabbage worms.
This is a great option for repelling tomato hornworms and cabbage worms.
Tomato Hornworm Moth
The adult moth lays 100-500 eggs per batch on the undersides of leaves. The caterpillars are blackish-green with white or pink lines running lengthwise down their bodies, and they have large blue spots on each segment. They grow up to 3 inches long before pupating in the soil; this process takes about two weeks. When they emerge as adults, moths can be seen flying around during daylight hours in late spring or early summer.
Calendula protects from asparagus beetle, potato beetle, and tomato worm.
Calendula, also known as “pot marigold” or “calendula officinalis,” is a small annual flower that grows quickly. It has bright orange flowers and is known to repel many insects. Calendula protects your garden from asparagus beetle infestations, potato beetle infestations, and tomato worm infestations.
Calendula can be planted any time during the spring or summer months in full sun (at least six hours per day) and well-drained soil. To plant calendulas either sow them directly into the ground or start them indoors first before planting outside once it starts getting warm out there, Once you’ve planted your calendulas make sure they’re getting plenty of water so that their roots stay healthy enough for them to grow big strong stems without wilting away like weaklings who couldn’t hack it if life threw them one curveball too many times over their lives – which happens often enough without adding insult
Chrysanthemums repel roaches, Japanese beetles, ants, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs and spider mites.
Chrysanthemums repel roaches, Japanese beetles, ants, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas and bedbugs. They’re also a good choice for a garden because they grow well in shade and sun. Chrysanthemums are great in flower beds or used as an accent plant in other areas of your yard or garden.
Chrysanthemums make excellent additions to vegetable gardens because they’re very hardy and can tolerate cold winters better than most other plants do.
Garlic repels Japanese beetles, aphids and carrot rust flies.
Garlic is a natural insect repellent that repels Japanese beetles, aphids and carrot rust flies. Garlic works by masking the smell of the plant making it less appealing to insects. It also has a repellent effect on insects that does not harm humans or pets if used correctly.
You can use garlic as a spray to deter pests from your garden by crushing three cloves of garlic with water and adding one teaspoon of liquid soap, mixing well in an empty spray bottle. Spray plants thoroughly while they are dry so they absorb the mixture through their leaves and stems. You can also use it as an organic mulch around flowers or vegetables such as peppers or tomatoes by sprinkling crushed cloves over them before planting them in soil.
Lavender repels fleas, moths, mosquitoes and flies.
Lavender repels fleas, moths, mosquitoes and flies. In fact, it’s one of the best plants for insect control. Lavender is a perennial plant that grows well in most gardens but is especially loved for its lavender-scented foliage, which will fill your space with an aromatic fragrance when you brush past it or walk by its bed. The purple flowers attract bees and butterflies to pollinate them but don’t invite much else since they have a strong scent that insects don’t like to be near. As such, this herb acts as an effective pest deterrent: Fleas don’t like lavender’s strong odor; neither do moths or mosquitoes nor flies. It also repels ants from your garden because lavender has properties that are toxic to these tiny creatures (and potentially even humans).
Marigold repels whiteflies and root knot nematodes.
Marigold is a perennial plant that can be used as a prime insect repellent. Marigold is known to repel whiteflies, root knot nematodes and squash bugs. Its flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects while its leaves are toxic to the pests listed above.
Marigolds are drought tolerant plants that grow well in hot conditions, so they’re perfect for dry areas of your home where these insects might not be able to survive otherwise.
Mint repels fleas, ants, cabbage moth and certain beetles.
Mint is a great natural insect repellent and can be used in many ways. It can repel fleas, ants, cabbage moth, and certain beetles. Mint contains menthol that acts as a knock-out for insects when they smell it. Mint has been used for centuries to combat pests in homes and gardens. The scent of mint deters moths from entering your home through holes or cracks; they won’t want to come near mint so they’ll find somewhere else to go, If you want to use mint as an insect repellent on your skin then try making oil out of the leaves by drying them out first then grinding them up into powder form before mixing this with some olive oil until it becomes paste-like texture which will keep working against bugs even after application because oils last longer on our bodies than creams or lotions do (which means we don’t have wash off after each use).
You can also make tea with fresh leaves from any variety but most common types include Spearmint (Mentha spicata) known commonly as English/French/German Garden varieties available at most grocery stores these days too so if you don’t have access locally then online ordering shouldn’t be difficult either way.
Nasturtium repels squash bugs and whiteflies.
Nasturtium is a wonderful edible plant that has been used for centuries as a natural repellent against insects. The flowers attract beneficial insects and the leaves repel many species of pests, including squash bugs and whiteflies. Nasturtium is also an excellent companion plant to squash, cucumbers and melons because it helps to deter pests from destroying these vegetables’ roots.
Nasturtiums are easy to grow in a variety of soils and conditions. They do well in containers or as ground covers, but they need plenty of sunlight so choose where you place them carefully.
There are many options for controlling insects with herbs and flowers
You may be surprised to learn that herbs and flowers can be used to control insects. Here, we will look at some of the benefits of using herbs and flowers in your garden, as well as a few different types of plants that you might want to include.
We hope this article has given you a few ideas for how to get started with your own, insect control program. Herbs and flowers are a great way to keep that creepy crawlies, out of your garden without having to use chemicals or pesticides. By planting these plants around your home, you can create a natural barrier against mosquitoes, flies, ants and, other annoying insects that can make life difficult indoors or out.