Plants are some of the most affordable ways to add beauty and zen to your home. There are various indoor and outdoor plants perfect for creating a safe environment for you and your household. Some plants also go the extra mile by offering wellness benefits such as purifying the air, releasing vitamins and minerals in your food, and repelling unwanted bugs and pests from invading your home.

Here are seven plants you might want to add to your garden to chase away the flies, mosquitoes, and even rodents from your abode.

Basil is a staple herb in many households. Some even keep a pot in their kitchen to have easy access to fresh herbs that flavor their favorite dishes. But did you know that many insects don’t like the scent of basil? Consider adding a few pots by your home’s entrance and window sills to keep flies and mosquitoes from entering. Planting a bunch of basil in your yard may increase your home’s protection from harmful insects.

Neem trees are tall, slender evergreen trees that mostly grow in tropical regions, such as south India and the Philippines. While many use neem as a vegetable and herb, the evergreen tree is also a great non-pesticidal repellent of mosquitoes. Many housing developments in Metro Manila and neighboring rural towns have neem trees in a handful of their residents’ yards. Planting a row of these in your garden, or placing a potted one in your home, may reduce your risks of contracting Dengue or Malaria fevers. Neem also reportedly prevents insect eggs from hatching and termites from building tunnels in your yard and inside your home.

Lemongrass is an excellent ingredient for delicious meals such as tinola, a clear chicken and vegetable broth from the Philippines. Besides being fragrant and adding flavor to food, lemongrass is also known for repelling mosquitoes. The bug-repelling ingredient in citronella oils and scented-candles is extracted from lemongrass!

Plant lemongrass in a sunny area in your yard and watch them grow healthily and as tall as four feet! You’ll have fewer mosquitoes in your home, plus healthy and delicious soup dishes.

Chrysanthemums are bright-colored flowers perfect for adorning any garden or backyard. They also help purify the air of dust, toxins, allergens, and pathogens. The health benefits of chrysanthemums extend to their air-purifying qualities. Placing these flowers in your home helps repel ants, ticks, lice, fleas, cockroaches, silverfish, and bed bugs. Not only will your home look beautiful and refreshing, but you and your pets will also be free from harmful bites and home-ruining pests.

Catnip is a member of the mint family and has a similar refreshing scent that repels mosquitoes. They tend to grow quite fast, so it is best to keep them in one pot to prevent them from spreading and taking over your yard.

While catnip keeps the bugs at bay, they may attract cats. If you have cats at home, it is best to keep catnip in a hanging planter to prevent your pets from eating them. This storage method keeps them from getting damaged by your feline friends.

Another beautiful flowering plant perfect for gardens, marigolds are also excellent bug repellents. Various marigold types are reported to chase away mosquitoes, rodents, and even rabbits! You might want to consider placing a few potted French or African Marigold in your kitchen area, entrance, or yard to keep any unwanted pests away from your vegetables, herbs, and other planted greens.

Rosemary is another flavorful herb that offers health benefits. Besides having antioxidants and helping memory and brain function, rosemary also helps drive away flies and mosquitoes. You may burn a few sprigs to make an aromatic incense and place them in areas where bugs tend to go. Rosemary water is also suitable for spraying away ant trails in your home.

Overall, house plants aren’t just decorative and beneficial for your physical and mental wellbeing. A handful of herbs and flowering plants, such as these seven greens, are also generous at keeping harmful bugs at bay. They also help reduce the risks of diseases as they chase away the pests that bring harmful pathogens into your home. Consider placing these plants in your home to create a safe environment for you, your family, and pets.

By nur eka