Pests are unwanted organisms that interfere with human activities and bite damage property or cause serious illness and psychological stress. The scientific evaluation of the increase in pest-borne inflictions, such as West Nile fever in the United States of America and the spread of Lyme disease in both Europe and North America indicate that modern living conditions and urban sprawl have imposed a severe spread of pests and pest-borne diseases. 

There are various unhealthy pest control practices that do help in the control, only proving to give a false impression of eradication and having a more hazardous impact in the long run due to their slow degradation and chemical residues. 

If you are looking for a safe response to eliminate infestations and also, prevent the early establishment of pests, one of the most eco-friendly ways is bringing enough Indoor Plants in order to make your house pest-free naturally. 

Since times immemorial, plants have been used as a prospective source of medicine, whether indoors or outdoors. Indoor plants are known to purify the air, contribute to mental and physical well-being along with adding a positive vibe to the house. Adding to their several benefits, a lot of houseplants possess medicinal benefits that can help you drive away common and problematic pests from home too. Below are 7 house plants that we like because pests don’t like them:

1. Citronella

The indoor plant is believed to contain citronella, which is a common ingredient in insect repellents. However, this is just a myth! Being a variety of scented geranium, the plant produces a strong citronella-like smell when the leaves are crushed. It acts as an effective mosquito repellent, proving to be effective, cheaper and more effective.

2. Lavender

Lavender belongs to the mint family and has a fresh, sweet aroma, often considered to be an ornamental plant. However, it is believed that lavender hinders the mosquito’s sense of smell. It is also effective to drive away moths, flies, and fleas. You can make lavender sachets out of dried lavender flowers and hang it around the house and in your closet to keep bugs away.

3 . Lemongrass

The pungent, lemony smell of lemongrass acts as a natural deterrent. The tall plant produces citronella oil which is a natural bug repellent. Another way to use the plant is to crush the leaves and apply the oil directly onto the skin.

4. Rosemary

For an increased number of bugs around the dusk time, you can place rosemary sprigs on the grill in your kitchen. As recommended by the New York Botanical Garden and PlantShed, the aromatic smell helps repel silverfish, flies, and mosquitoes. Ideally, you can also place the plant near the doors or windows to block the pest entry.

5. Basil

Basil is one of the most effective medicinal plants and a versatile culinary herb, working best against whiteflies, spider mites and aphids due to its pungent smell and heavy oil content. Not only the plant will prevent the contamination of food by pesky bugs in a nontoxic ay but will also let you cook what you are growing indoors.

6. Marigold

Marigolds are easy to grow plants, very effective when you place them in the patio or at the entrance of your house to defend against a host of insects. They are known to keep aphids, thrips, Mexican bean beetles, whiteflies, squash bugs, mosquitoes and nematodes (microscopic worms) at bay due to their distinct smell.

7. Peppermint

Peppermint exudes a strong smell that works against mice, ants, and mosquitoes. Grow it in a pot indoors to control its growth. Alternatively, you can grow the plant outside and use dried leaves in sachets inside the house to keep away pests. 

With a bug-repelling reputation, these plants are sure to keep the home insect free and thereby, eliminate diseases and other health-related concerns due to invasion of pests. Try them now!

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