Use Plants To Your Advantage!

Did you know that plants not only boost curb appeal, but they can also keep pests in check? Below are few species that naturally repel pest while attracting beneficial insects, like butterflies and ladybugs. Forward this information on to family and friends to help them keep pests at bay. Plant a few, and you can reap the rewards.

curbappealPlants That Repel Pests

mint Basil repels flies. Place in pots in your window sills and in the kitchen or sun porch.

Catnip repels mosquitoes, but, a word of caution: It will make your yard very popular to neighborhood cats.

Artemesia (including wormwood and sagebrush) repels ants, whiteflies, and moths and may repel mice.

Marigolds repel insects.

Garlic repels insects and rabbits.

Spearmint repels ants, fleas, moths, and rodents.

Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects

Not all bugs are bad. Some insects–such as ladybugs, lacewings, and ground beetles–keep the bad bugs at bay. Attract beneficial insects with the following plants.

Bachelor’s Buttons. What it attracts: Ladybugs, lacewings, beneficial wasps.

Plant: Sweet Alyssum. What it attracts: Flower flies.

Plant: Borage. What it attracts: Lacewings.

Plant: Anise Hyssop. What it attracts: Butterflies, bees.

Plant: Golden Marguerite. What it attracts: Ladybugs, lacewings, flower flies.

Plant: Ornamental Grasses. What it attracts: Ladybugs, ground beetles.

Remember, it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and a garden free of pests!

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