Flies are the first thing that pops in our mind when someone mentions warm weather. They are everywhere, and let’s be honest, our food is their favorite snack. Having a picking is almost impossible without these invaders.
Well, you can keep flies away from you by planting aromatic herbs.
1. Sweet basil
Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is commonly used in cooking, but you can use it to repel flies and mosquitoes. It grows well in pots and flower beds. Keep basil near windows and doors.
2. Bay laurel
Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) leaves deter pests. You can keep the leaves in your closets and pantry to protect your belongings from moths, mice and roaches. Bugs in cereals and grains? Not anymore!
Grow the plant in pots, and bring it in your home in cold winter months. Dry the leaves and hang them in bundles near your doors and windows.
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) has pleasant aroma, and we use it to sleep well at night. Lavender is added to baked goods for extra flavor, and some like to put it in chests of drawers.
Plant it under your windows and near your doors to repel insects. Fleas, moths, flies and mosquitoes hate lavender.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is used to make absinthe. It’s easy to grow, and wormwood oil repels flies, mice, mosquitoes, moths and ants.
It’s also known as Bitter Buttons, Cow Bitter, and Golden Button – Common Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare). Tansy has been used since forever as a remedy for digestive issues, intestinal parasites, bruises and joint pain.
Tansy can repel insects, and it was added to caskets in order to keep worms away from corpses. In the 1800s, it was associated with death because of this use.
Be careful when planting tansy. It’s invasive, and may disrupt your local ecosystem.
6. Citronella grass
Citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus) and its oil can be used to repel insects. Moreover, citronella oil is the most popular herbal repellent.
It’s another invasive plant. Asians use subtle Lemongrass herb in their cooking, but Citronella grass is too strong to be eaten, so you shouldn’t use it.
You can also use rosemary. It grows up to 3-4 feet high, and needs enough space. Provide a well-drained planter, and give your plant enough sun. Rosemary grows well in winter months, but you may want to bring it indoors.
Seek advice from gardeners, and learn more about cultivation and planting. You can control the insects around your home by planting these herbs, so get more information about soil in your garden.