The Houseplant Guide To Warding Off Summer Pests

4 Houseplants to ward off summer pests

With summer comes barbecues, trips to the beach, and picnics in the park. Unfortunately, it also comes with those pesky pests. You know the ones. Ants, mosquitoes, flies, galore. It’s like they come out of the woodwork as soon as there’s a warm breeze. Before you break out the bug spray or traps, here’s some plants that not only keep those creatures at bay, but also make your house and yard more attractive.


This diverse plant not only smells great, it repels a wide variety of insects, including mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, and flies. Go to your local gardening store and pick yourself up some to plant in your backyard or grab a small pot to place in your kitchen. You’ll see less bugs.  Plus, it’s also a great ingredient to pop into a smoothie or make this amazing lemongrass chicken recipe.


If you have a feline friend, catnip might be a fun option for you. Not just for giving your cat a good time, it’s actually really effective at keeping mosquitoes at bay. Pick some up at a pet store near you, and you’ll be helping your skin while giving your cat a little treat at the same time.

Geranium and Lavender

These flowers are perfect if you’re looking to add pops of color to your garden while also repelling flies, mosquitos, ticks, chiggers, and fleas. Lavender has the added bonus of smelling great, and you can pick a few sprigs to place into your folded sheets and pillow cases. Next time you use them you’ll be lulled to sleep by the relaxing scent. If dried flowers aren’t your thing, try this homemade lavender linen spray to give your laundry a burst of freshness.


Fresh peppermint smells great and luckily spiders, ants, and lice hate it. Plant some in your garden or put some in your window and you’ll be able to make great tasting peppermint recipes with the added convenience of bug control. If you aren’t a plant person, peppermint oil works just as well! Now that you can let your guard down knowing creepy crawlies aren’t lurking around every corner, try making peppermint tea to help you relax.

If you’re looking for professional pest control instead, call Mosquito Joe at 1-855-275-2563 for all of your insect repelling needs.  And while they make outside fun again for your family, contact Home Clean Heroes for an estimate on how they can take care of the inside of your home.