Top Plants that Repel Insects

When the weather is starts warming up, it won't be long before the insects, especially the mosquitoes, start swarming.

If you are a survivalist then you will be out in the woods a lot, if the grid goes down, you won't have air conditioning to get into to avoid the insects and still stay cool.

With that being said, read on below for a few of the top plants you can use to repel the insects that are sure to descend as the weather gets warmer.


Not only do marigolds look gorgeous in your yard, but they also have a smell that mosquitoes don't like. If you plant the flowers at entry points to your home that most attract insects, then they will take a whiff and flock to the neighbor's yard instead.


Pretty much everyone knows that citronella is used to repel insects. You can buy everything from candles to tiki torches that give off the scent. While this works well, it is even more effective if you just plant it and let it do its job naturally instead. On top of that, if the grid goes down, citronella in these things won't last for long, better to have your own plants already planted or, at least, the seeds with which to plant them.


Catnip repels mosquitoes that come onto the property and smell it. The only thing you have to be careful of is it attracting the neighborhood cats as well. If you aren't a cat person, this might not be the way to go for you.


Lavender is good for everything from making your house smell good to helping you relax after a long day at work. Who would have thought that it would be an insect repellent as well? Not only does it repel mosquitoes, but it also repels gnats and if crushed repels moths in your clothes as well.


If you are looking for something to get rid of the insects that always descend in the summer, then the plants above are your best bet. Make sure that you read the instructions on where and how to plant them and you should be virtually insect free in the summer months to come.

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