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Plant Power: The Top 10 Choices for Repelling Unwanted Insects


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In the battle against unwanted insects, nature provides us with some formidable allies: plants. Whether you're looking to enjoy a bug-free garden or keep pests out of your home, certain plants can do wonders. Here’s a list of the top 10 plants that are not only great for your garden but also include indoor plants that fend off insects and help keep those bothersome bugs away. 


And when plants don’t work, there’s always Sterifab!


1. Basil

Basil is not just a culinary favorite; it's also a powerful insect repellent. This herb is known to chase away flies and mosquitoes. Planting basil near your patio or in pots around your home can help keep these guys at bay. Plus, you'll have a fresh supply of basil for cooking!


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2. Lavender

Lavender's pleasant fragrance is loved by humans but despised by insects. This plant wards off moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes. Lavender can be grown in gardens, pots, or even used in sachets to keep bugs out of your home.


3. Marigold

Marigolds are not only bright and cheerful but also effective at confronting mosquitoes, aphids, and even rabbits. The scent of marigolds is particularly unappealing to many insects, making them a great addition to your garden.


4. Mint

Mint is a versatile herb that withstands ants, mosquitoes, and spiders. Be cautious when planting mint, as it can spread quickly. Consider planting it in pots to control its growth while still enjoying its pest-deterring benefits.

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5. Rosemary

Rosemary is not only great for cooking but also for driving off mosquitoes and various insects that attack vegetable plants. It can be grown in pots or directly in the garden and serves as a beautiful and fragrant addition to your outdoor space.


6. Lemongrass

Lemongrass contains citronella, a common ingredient in insect repellents. This plant is particularly effective against mosquitoes. Lemongrass is easy to grow in warm climates and can add a tropical touch to your garden.


7. Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums, or mums, contain a natural insecticide called pyrethrum. They are effective at standing up against ants, Japanese beetles, roaches, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, and bedbugs. Planting mums around your home can help keep a wide variety of bugs at bay.


Yellow Petunias

8. Petunias

Petunias are natural repellents for aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers, and squash bugs. These colorful flowers are easy to grow and can be used as a companion plant to protect your vegetables.


9. Alliums

Alliums, including garlic, onions, and chives, are excellent at staving off a variety of insects, especially those that attack vegetable gardens. Planting alliums can help protect your tomatoes, peppers, and other crops from insects.


10. Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are known to resist flies, moths, and roaches. You can plant bay trees in pots and keep them indoors or outdoors. Placing bay leaves in your pantry can also help keep food pests away.


How Sterifab Kills Unwanted Pests in Your Home

While plants that resist bugs are helpful at keeping insects away, sometimes you need an extra layer of protection. This is where Sterifab comes into play. Sterifab spray is a versatile and powerful insecticide, fungicide, and germicide that can be used to kill a wide variety of pests in and around your home.


Sterifab is effective against bed bugs, fleas, ticks, mites, and more. It can be applied to mattresses, upholstery, and other surfaces to ensure a pest-free environment. It dries quickly and doesn't leave a residue, making it a perfect choice to use in homes with children and pets.


In addition to its many uses, Sterifab can also help protect your houseplants from harmful mites. This can be particularly beneficial for maintaining the health of your indoor garden. For detailed information on how Sterifab can safeguard your plants, check out our article on how to protect your plants from mites


By incorporating these natural insect-repelling plants into your environment, you create a healthy first line of defense. But when pests still make their way inside, Sterifab ensures that your indoor spaces remain thoroughly protected and pest-free. 


From enhancing your outdoor space to creating a more comfortable, bug-free home, Sterifab, together with plants that keep bugs away, form a clever and winning strategy.


Ready for a bug-free home?  Give Sterifab a Try!

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