TAKING AN ACTIVE ROLECREATING A PEST NEUTRAL ENVIRONMENT
Organic pest control can be a rewarding experience for the whole family since it requires you to learn about pest behaviors and the steps you can take to create an ecosystem that attracts and repels based on your desired outcome. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home.
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INSECT REPELLING PLANTS
Basil repels asparagus beetle, carrot fly, flies, mosquitoes, and whitefly.
Calendula, or pot marigold, repels asparagus beetle, nematodes, and tomato hornworm.2 It also attracts beneficial insects, so this edible flower is useful throughout your garden.
Borage repels imported cabbageworm and tomato hornworm2. It also attracts beneficial insects and pollinators, such as native bumblebees.
Beautiful, fragrant hyssop repels cabbage moths.
Chives will repel aphids and Japanese beetles.2 Be sure to harvest your chives, because it will spread quickly if you allow it to go to seed.
Useful wormwood repels ants, cabbage loopers, cabbage maggots, carrot flies, codling moths, flea beetles, and whiteflies. It also seems to deter mice.
Lavender produces a strong, beautiful scent that confuses mosquitos and keeps them from finding you.
Rosemary repels cabbage moths, carrot flies, Mexican bean beetles, slugs and snails.
Catmint repels aphids, cabbage looper, Colorado potato beetle, cucumber beetle, flea beetle, Japanese beetle, and, squash bugs.
Dill is excellent for repelling cabbage moths and spider mites. Dill is also a good plant for attracting beneficial insects, such as parasitic wasps.