The tropical climate of most parts of Australia brings nature in bloom. But as the temperature rises, pests begin to surface. Because insects are cold-blooded, they thrive on warm weather. Larvae tend to develop faster and mature bugs are more active, making mating season in progress.
So how can we prevent the overpopulation of pests in our vicinity during summer and spring seasons? We may have ways to fight bug infestations such as sprays or hiring an exterminator. But these chemicals bring harm to our health. Another alternative is by using incense and other DIY remedies. But the most natural way to deal with the itchy situation is by growing plants.
It may seem contradictory since plants are a form of habitat and food source to these bugs, but with the right strategy and research, you’ll be saying goodbye to these little creatures in no time. But before we start digging holes in the yard, always make sure the ground is fertile because the soil supply will also determine the success of your garden.
Herbs are classified as any plant that is used in medicinal and flavouring purposes. It usually has an aroma that is also used in spiritual healing. It sprouts smaller than a shrub, and it grows only on its multiple stems, and it doesn’t have a trunk, which means that herbs are delicate plants. Therefore, it is best planted in a secure spot to ensure its uninterrupted growth and safety.
Basil – a native to a tropical region, basil is a culinary herb used in many renowned cuisines. It is a perfect plant to grow for both indoors and outdoors, on pots or directly to the ground. It is best for repelling mosquitoes and houseflies.
Lemongrass – is a tall and perennial grass genus of tropical islands such as Australia, Asia, and Africa. The oils produced by lemongrasses are made for aromatherapy. It is also used to add flavour to food. It is said to help treat insomnia, fever, stomach disorders, and respiratory ailments. Most insect repellent lotions and sprays contain citronella: an oil that comes from lemongrass. Its scent is perfect for deterring insects such as mosquitoes and other flying bugs.
Rosemary – a native in the Mediterranean region, rosemary is used as a food seasoning and in herbal medicine. It is said to boost memory, immune system, detoxify the body, and stimulate the circulation of blood. Rosemary fends off mosquitoes and other plant-eating insects.
Lavender – is an indigenous plant from southwest Asia, eastern Africa, Mediterranean, and Europe. Known for its strong scent, lavender is famous in gardening, baking and is often used as an ingredient for essential oils and aromatherapy. It is an effective way to get rid of moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes.
To grow flowering plants, always maintain a fertile soil supply. It helps them grow stronger and allows them to bear beautiful flowers that are not only used as decorations to our yard, but it also acts as an insect deterrent.
Petunia – due to its firmness, petunias are best grown in pots, containers and hanging baskets. When it reaches its maturity, it rears large flowers with various petal designs, with colours that range from red to violet, to white. Petunias serve as repellents for bugs that infest other garden plants and herbs.
Chrysanthemum – a native in Asia and north-eastern Europe, “mums” display a beautiful array of several flower heads or sometimes a single head. One of the most effective plants that deter bugs such as roaches, beetles, ticks, lice, ants, spider mites, bed bugs, and silverfish.
Are you interested in growing insect and bug repellent plants? Labrador Landscape provides for your gardening needs such as soil supply and mulch packs for plant beds and stones, sand and cement for pathways. You can also contact our professional landscape artist for both indoor and outdoor landscaping.