10 beautiful houseplants that also repel mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other pests – Trumbull Times

Dont you hate it when you find bugs in your house? The ones Ive met are ugly, disrespectful, and unhygienic, not to mention awful conversationalists. And they never know when to leave.

So you head on down to Home Depot (or wherever), for some skull and crossbones spray (or whatever), but the problem with that approach is what poisons them, also poisons us. Chemicals with names longer than my list of monthly bills destroy good bugs with the bad, and they can even wreck entire ecosystems.

The alternative is using household plants to eradicate these critters. Sure, youll need to fetch the sprayer now and then for severe cases But with some simple indoor gardening skills, you can minimize your toxic exposure. And hey: at least the plants will be fun to talk to.

Basil has a great reputation for shooing mosquitoes, fruit flies, gnats, and houseflies. It can be potted, grown indoors, and best of all: if it doesnt work as well as you expected you can just add it to your marinara sauce. Worried about growing it? Dont be.

Basil plant 2-pack

19.3 oz. Sweet Basil Plant 2-Pack

Bonnie Plants



Lavender is a major player in the Boogey-bug league, and an expert at deterring flies, fleas, moths, mosquitoes, beetles, roaches, and many other pests. As a bonus, its aroma is wonderful and relaxing but you knew that already. As a caveat to those with pollen allergies, you might situate your lavender plantation in a pot outside a door.

You can learn how to grow it first, if you want, or you can just stop being coward and get one.

Lavender Plant

4 in. Pot Phenominal Lavender Plant

Daylily Nursery



Another leaf in your war on flying, crawling bothersome things, sage can help keep those beasts at bay just by being grown around the house. You can also burn the dried leaves or bundle them in sachets to repel silverfish and moths. And hey, sage is delicious in that creamy polenta recipe.

Read about growing sage and then pick some up, because silverfish are awful.

Garden sage plant

19.3 oz. Garden Sage Plant

Bonnie Plants



Rosemary can do everything sage can do in the bug eviction department and shes proud of it. Of course, the flavor of your stews may vary.

Learn what your Rosemary needs and then pick one up.

Potted arp rosemary

2.32 Qt. Rosemary Arp Premium

Bonnie Plants



Marigolds have a beautiful bloom and a strong scent that drives bugs crazy (and not in a good way). Consider placing them near doors or in window boxes to deter the critters from ever coming in. Marigolds are said to repel mosquitoes, flies, gnats, midges, and even mice (which may not be bugs, but you still dont want them in your home). They repel rabbits, too, but you may not even care.

Heres a guide to growing marigolds, heres a song about them, and you can pick some up below.

Marigold plant orange

1.38 Pt. Marigold Plant Orange Flower in 4.5 in. Grower's Pot (4-Plants)

Pure Beauty Farms



Also called catmint, catnip is an exciting plant even to a human if your aim is disappearing mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs (the jurys still out on this one), and especially cockroaches (no ones favorite bug, aside from maybe some strong-stomached entomologists).

Until I did the research, I never knew there were different types of the awful things. Theres the German, the Oriental, the Brown Banded, and of course the American Cockroach, sometimes called a waterbug. Catnip is said to show them all the door.

Or . . . maybe its the local cats hanging out around your place. Proceed with caution.

After you read some tips for growing them in your home, pick some up. You can be sure your cat wont mind.

Catnip (2-pack)

19.3 oz. Catnip (2-Pack)

Bonnie Plants



These flowers may have a difficult-to-pronounce name, but these prolific little cuties pack a powerful punch against a wide array of insects. Their victims include ants, roaches, ticks, fleas, silverfish, lice, and (maybe) bedbugs. Thats a lot of carnage from a flower that just sits around looking pretty.

If you want to know how to grow these super insect fighters but dont want to do your own research you can just call your mother.

Orange chrysanthemum

6 in. Orange Chrysanthemum Plant (4-Pack)

Bell Nursery



Lemongrass is great for banishing a variety of insects. Im talking flies, ticks, ants, gnats, and of course, mosquitoes. I say of course because citronella, the essential oil found in stems and leaves of lemongrass, is the active ingredient used in most mosquito-chasing candles, sprays, and lotions.

Consider growing lemongrass in pots near your doors or windows to help keep critters in their proper habitat. Read about growing tips and then pick some up.


2.32 Qt. Lemon Grass Premium

Bonnie Plants



Feed me, Seymour! Venus Flytraps will help you decimate your buggies and even give you a gruesome little show. The wild version of these cuddly little fellows live entirely in the bogs and swamps of the coastal Carolinas. What, did you think they came from Venus? Nope theyre named after the Roman goddess of beauty and desire.

Just remember: If you cant provide sufficient bugs (wouldnt that be awful?), youll have to buy them treats. Plus, if you train them, theyll even sit up and beg (No, they wont. They wont sit up and beg).

Despite their viscousness, they tend to be a little hard to care for, being from the swamps and all. So if you go with the flytrap method, better take a look right here.

Venus fly trap

Giant Venus Fly Trap Plant (Dionaea Muscipula) - 3 in. Plant Pot




Pitcher plants resemble well, pitchers. And unless your bugs are really careful, this plant could be the last thing they see in their buggy little lives. Like the flytraps, these subtle warriors are carnivorous and make their livings eating unsuspecting insects. How they go about it, though, is a different story.

Lured by the sweet smell at the pitchers top, the insects slip and ride the waterslide of doom to the narrow bottom. They wont know it yet, but escape is futile against the forward-facing hairs along the pitchers innards. Lean down close and listen you may hear a softly muted voice screaming, Help me.

Pitchers are easier to care for than fly traps, so if that was a deterrent in the previous example, well, here you go.

Asian pitcher plant

Asian Pitcher Plant - Nepenthes alata - Carnivorous - Exotic - 2.5" Pot

Hirt's Gardens



Heres hoping you can say goodbye to all your creepy, flying, hopping freeloaders, and put away your toxic sprays. Enjoy.

10 beautiful houseplants that also repel mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other pests - Trumbull Times

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