If you love spending time in the backyard relaxing and enjoying time with your family, but could do without the additional “guests” buzzing in your ears, this article is for you. We have compiled a list of plants that can help you attract the right kind of attention and discourage the wrong kind. This is obviously an incomplete and basic list, but it is a good start to helping you enjoy your backyard even more.
Angelica: Attracts lacewings (whose larvae feed on aphids and mites), ladybugs and praying mantid.
Basil: Repels mosquitoes.
Catnip: Repels mosquitoes (but attracts cats!)
Citronella: Repels mosquitoes.
Cosmos: Attracts ladybugs and praying mantid.
Daisy: Attracts the hover-fly as well as native bees, butterflies and honey bees.
Dill: Attracts ladybugs and praying mantid.
Fennel: Attracts ladybugs and praying mantid.
Garden Mint/Peppermint: Repels ants.
Garlic: Repels ants, mosquitoes and rabbits.
Lavender: Repels ants.
Lemon Balm: Repels mosquitoes.
Lemongrass: Repels mosquitoes.
Marigolds: Repels mosquitoes and attracts ladybugs and praying mantid. Also repels insects that feed on tomato plants.
Oregano: General pest repellent. Provides good ground cover for beneficial insects to use as a hiding place.
Parsley: Attracts the hover-fly (Hover-flies deter aphids and mealybugs)
Rosemary: Repels mosquitoes and ants.
Spearmint: Attracts the hover-fly.
Tansy: Repels ants.
Thyme: General pest repellent. Provides good ground cover for beneficial insects to use as a hiding place.
Yarrow: Attracts ladybugs and praying mantid.
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