Though there are tons of herbs that are great insect repellents, these are some of the most popular and effective ones to get you started. These herbs will help to repel unwanted visitors, including ants, mosquitoes, fleas, lice, carrot flies, rats and moths.
- Great for keeping away flies and mosquitoes, and can even be used on salads! Fresh basil is fragrant, and delicious.
- Keep it around for pests and for fresh summer salads.
- Bay Leaves: Bay leaves are great for using inside cupboards or pantry space. They help to combat unwanted weevils, ants, cockroaches, moths and flies. You can leave dried basil inside of cupboards, or even place it in your canisters of flour, rice, etc. Just remember to switch out the leaves every few months. Dried bay leaves can also be folded into clothing.
- Lavender: One of our favorite herbs, lavender is great for repelling moths, silverfish, ticks, fleas and flies. You can make sachets that you put in household drawers, or hang in areas that need protection. It can also be finely ground and used on pet blankets and bedding to keep it fresh and flea-free.
- Mint: Mint is a very fragrant and refreshing herb. It may be used to keep rats, fleas, ants, and mice away. Mint can be used fresh or dried. Planting it around your home is advisable to help protect against ants and mice. Dried mint can also be placed on shelves or in pantries to help with mice.
- Rosemary: Not only does it keep the air fragrant and fresh, it also helps to keep mosquitoes, flies, lice, silverfish, and moths away. You can plant it outdoors around your home or garden and even use it dried in needed areas.
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