Al fresco breakfasts and dining are especially tempting when the weather’s nice and warm. Unfortunately, the heat and humidity of summer can mean more annoying bugs buzzing around. To keep pesky mosquitoes and other insects at bay, you can turn to these flowering plants as natural solutions. The essential oils from these flowers are natural bug repellents, so you are not only blooming your home, you are also keeping the pest population under control.
Plants in the Allium family include garlic, chives, scallions, leeks and shallots. They can grow up to six feet tall with pink, white or purple blooms. They’re regarded as natural insecticides because of their fungicidal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. They’re best for deterring insects from munching on your vegetable garden. However, alliums can be toxic to cats and dogs, so opt for other bug-repellent flowers if you have furry pals at home.
Pyrethrum is the secret substance that makes chrysanthemums deadly to flying and jumping insects, including nasty cockroaches. It is often used in commercial insecticides and sprays. The flowers are harmless enough, but a word of warning: pyrethrum has been found to contain carcinogenic properties, so practice caution fs you want to reduce chrysanthemums into this lethal form.
Lavender is pretty, aromatic and extremely useful. Extracts from this herbal flowering plant is used in linen sprays, body oils, perfumes and aromatherapy products. The calming smell of lavender actually repels insects, including mosquitoes and flies. To keep those bugs away from your breakfast and brunch table, place a bouquet as a centrepiece or keep vases by the doorway and windows to prevent insects from entering your home. You can also extract oils from your lavender to create your very own bug-repellent oil or spray. Check out the instructions here.
Like lavenders, the scent of marigolds is cloying to insects, effectively repelling unwanted insects from your home. Marigolds love sunlight, so place them in places with plenty of natural light.
Again, this one’s perfect for gardening maintenance. They’re not only bright and colourful, they’re also easy to grow. More importantly, these sunny blooms repel asparagus beetles, leafhoppers, a range of aphids, tomato worms, among others. For this reason, they’re a perfect all-around natural pest control flower for your home.
There you have it! Five blooms to keep your personal space clean and bug free. Check out A Better Florist’s the Pamper Her bundle to get luxurious blooms bundled with lavender and lemongrass candles—both natural bug repellents that smell just as great as they work.