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Plants That Repel Pests, Bugs, and Insects Naturally

Srikanth is passionate about helping people stay healthy. He believes that consuming nutritious food is the key to a long and healthy life.


Pests, insects, and bugs are part of natureinsect pests come in many forms and can do varying degrees of damage.

Many commercial repellents are available in the market. Unfortunately, they are loaded with chemicals that can harm human beings. It is advisable to find alternative ways to repel harmful insects, bugs, and pests.

It is always advisable to use the above-mentioned plants to repel insects, pests, and bugs. It is a natural way and a safe way to keep them at bay.


French marigold

This content is accurate and true to the best of the authors knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Question: Do marigolds need sunlight?

Answer: Even though they do grow in full sun to partial shade, I suggest that you plant them in a sunny area. Shading may have a negative impact on flowering.

Question: What repels mice?

Answer: Try peppermint.

Question: Does neem grow all year round?

Answer: It becomes a huge tree.

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Question: What herb or plant repels bedbugs?

Answer: Eucalyptus.

Question: What repels scabies?

Answer: Neem.

Srikanth R (author) on March 11, 2018:

To the best of my knowledge, termites hate catnip and vetiver grass.

Gary Danjou on March 10, 2018:

What plant fragrance is good to stop termites??

Cinfy on October 29, 2017:

I raise Monarchs in the summer and want to keep predators off the milkweed.

What can you recommend that won't also repel the adult female from laying eggs on the milkweed?

Srikanth R (author) on July 18, 2017:


tay gray on July 18, 2017:

Very helpful information. Thank you.

Srikanth R (author) on April 25, 2017:

Tomato leaf spray and garlic oil spray are effective against aphids.

Colin Peckham on April 25, 2017:

I have two problems in my very narrow shaded garden beds.

1. I get lots of aphids on my climbers, and ants travel up to get and harvest them. I would like to plant something underneath the climbers that would deter them, but its very shady at ground level, and the aphids are often at high level. Most plant deterrents appear to be sun loving herbs, so is there anything else I could use.

2. Ants: I am using diatamaceous earth which they dont like as well as taping the base of things and putting vaseline on it, and this seems the best way to stop them climbing up plants and structures.

Srikanth R (author) on February 23, 2017:

Yes. Also try camphor plant, sweet pea, lavender, daffodils and catnip.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 22, 2017:

I was happy to have seen this hub. I plant mint and basil and love them in food but did not realize they are good for repelling insects. Do you have to put a lot of mint to repel mice?

Srikanth R (author) on February 06, 2017:

Hi Joyce! If none of the remedies I have mentioned work, it is advisable to contact an expert locally.

Joyce on January 30, 2017:

I fail in my attempt at organic gardening for the past two years. This is due to the fact, I have a infestation of Japanese beetles and aphids and spider mites. I have used milky spore for 2 years straight with only a small different with population of beetles. The aphids and spider mites have been resistance to even chemical pesticides. How can I get rid or keep these pest at bay?

Srikanth R (author) on October 14, 2016:


Alicia on October 11, 2016:

Great info, thanks for sharing!

Srikanth R (author) on September 16, 2016:

Put up chicken wire.

Srikanth R (author) on September 16, 2016:

Put up chicken wire.

Srikanth R (author) on September 16, 2016:

Put up chicken wire.

Hlalani on September 09, 2016:

how do i keep my neighbors's chickens away from my garden. how do i get dogs to stop relieving themselves in my garden. are there natural herbs that can be used?

Srikanth R (author) on August 25, 2016:

If you can manage to grow them indoors, if you have space, light, etc, nothing like it. You just need to ensure their good health.

CLD on June 10, 2016:

I have raised beds for my garden, do I have to grow these things inside or can I place additional pots around the boxes or sprinkle the herbs on the garden? What is best?

Srikanth R (author) on May 12, 2016:

Well, the fact is carpet beetles hate sweet woodruff. They run away from this flowering perennial plant.

Donna on May 12, 2016:

I've just seen a site showing carpet beetles feeding off the sweet woodruff plant, with statements by other people saying they've found this also. Your site says sweet woodruff repels them though! I'm not sure what's correct now - please help. Thanks.

Srikanth R (author) on July 19, 2015:

Basil is effective against most of these.

Howard on July 17, 2015:

In your introductory paragraph Srirad you mention Thunderflies (in the UK) but not which plant is the best deterrent. Can you offer more advice please? I have a problem with them crawling into my large computer monitor behind the clear and then dying inside to remain there forever...! Very annoying...! So I will need to place around the monitor whatever plant you suggest, is that practical?

Srikanth R (author) on June 12, 2014:

I am glad that the hub was useful.

Lizolivia from Central USA on June 12, 2014:

Very useful information. I grow many of these plants in the garden such as coriander, marigold, thyme, basil, rosemary, nasturtium, chives and mint. I didn't know about bay leaves repelling weevils in dry grains and the red pepper with dish liquid mixture to repel ants. Thanks for the helpful tips.

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SIU identifies man shot and killed in downtown confrontation with Windsor police – Windsor Star

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Ontarios Special Investigation Unit has identified the man killed Monday in a confrontation with Windsor police officers.

Allan Andkilde, 70, was shot after officers responded to a man attacking cars with a machete at the intersection of Wyandotte Street East and Ouellette Avenue.

The SIU, an arms-length government agency that is investigating the incident, said paramedics took Andkilde to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

He was a flawed guy, said Ted Andkilde, the mans nephew. Despite the fact that he was family and I loved him in my own way, I dont fault the police in any way. I understand the situation that they were facing and I hope the best for them and their families.

Police responded to a 911 call around 2:30 p.m. about a man wielding a machete and threatening people, according to the SIU.

There was an interaction between Andkilde and police. One officer deployed a conducted energy weapon. Another officer shot him, the SIU said.

The downtown intersection, which police shut down immediately following the shooting, reopened Tuesday afternoon.

The agency has assigned six investigators to the case.

The SIU said Tuesday it has identified one subject official the officer whose actions may have resulted in the incident under investigation along with five witness officials.

Subject officials are not compelled to submit to an interview or provide notes to the SIU.

The witness officials, who were involved in the incident but not under investigation, are required to submit to interviews and hand over their notes.

In Edmonton, Allan Andkilde was sentenced to five years in prison in 2015 for slashing a mans neck. He attacked the man, an employee of a property management company, because he was upset over bedbugs in his rental suite.

But Ankilde had family in his hometown of Windsor, where he returned to a couple of years ago after living out west.

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This northern Ontario city is one of Canada’s top 10 for bed bugs – CTV Toronto

SUDBURY -- A city in northern Ontario has topped a list that no one wants to be on, Orkin Canada's top 10 bed bug cities.

Sudbury has taken the No. 2 spot behind Toronto for the most commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by a Canadian pest control company in 2020.

However, there is a bright spot, as the company said in a news release that bed bug sightings are down close to 20 per cent nationally when compared to the previous year.

"Travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a general shift to working remotely have resulted in less opportunities for these hitchhikers to move around, for the first time since Orkin Canada released its annual survey five years ago," the pest control company said.

However, there is a risk for bed bugs spreading as the economy opens back up again.

"Beware of the return of borrowed office chairs," Orkin said. "Due to their ability to double in population about every 16 days, it should not be difficult for bed bugs to regain their grip on the Canadian market."

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The top 10 Canadian cities with the most bed bug calls are:

Some of the changes from the previous year include, Toronto and Vancouver staying in the same spots, Ottawa fell from No. 5 to No. 10, and Whitby rose from No. 20 to No.8.

Find the full list of Canada's Top 25 Bed Bug Cities here.

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Bed bug sightings plummet in Canada as COVID-19 makes it harder for them to spread –

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OTTAWA, Ontario (CTV News) Of the very few good things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, bed bug sightings plummeted in 2020.

In a report released on Tuesday from Orkin Canada, bed bug sightings dropped by 20 per cent in 2020, marking the first decline in the five-year history of the report.

Bernie Grafe, Orkin Canadas branch manager for the Greater Toronto Area residential division, said the pandemic is the primary factor behind the decline.

Bed bugs are hitchhikers, he said in a phone interview with As people move around and visit, travel, go to work, go to public places, hotels, long-term rentals, you name it, they are essentially transporting the bed bugs around.

Youre not seeing a lot of people congregating in higher percentages and areas, so therefore the bed bugs are just not spreading.

Grafe said this is a trend Orkin Canada is seeing nationwide, but warned that this decline may go away when the pandemic ends.

Once the lockdown is released and one day there is a sense of normalcy, we will again see that spike go up just from that natural social behaviour, he said.

Bed bugscan lie dormant for several months at a time, meaning bugs in an office may still be alive when office work resumes.

People going back to work who havent been in to these environments for the last eight, nine, 10 months, those bed bugs are going to be hungry, he said.

Grafe said there arent any chemical treatments available that can prevent bed bugs from entering the home, meaning vigilance is the best method to keep them from spreading.

The biggest form of prevention is awareness, and that is through inspections and visually inspecting the environment that youre in, especially with hotels and long-term rentals, he said.

Grafe said its key to inspect the bed, behind picture frames and curtains for any bugs or fecal matter that the bugs may have left behind. He also recommends a thorough inspection of your office setting.

The report also included the Top 25 cities for bed bugs in Canada, with Toronto topping the list, followed by Sudbury, Oshawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

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What’s the point in buying furniture? Queenston Road senior tormented by bedbugs –

Eloise Keene, a senior who lives alone, has been sleeping in a chair in her apartment in Hamiltons east end for two weeks.

The 75-year-old woman, who resides in a social housing building at 555 Queenston Rd., which is dedicated to seniors, said she threw out her furniture for the fifth time after a resurgence of bedbugs.

She said pest control has been treating her apartment every month since spring, and the bedbugs still werent going away.

One guy came in ... walked in right to my chair, (and) said Wonder if you still have bedbugs oh yeah, theres one ... on my chair, she said. I said to myself, I want to get rid of them and I knew the only way to get rid of them was to throw the furniture out; they taught me that.

She said she previously bought a leather couch and chair because she was told bedbugs dont like the material. Before she had her most recent inspection at the end of August, she threw those out, too.

Every time CityHousing Hamilton told me the bugs were gone, Id buy new furniture, said Keene, who is on a fixed income.

The city says theyve been doing better with bedbugs this year.

This years been relatively good in terms of complaints coming through, for both public and private buildings, said Coun. Chad Collins, who is also president of the CityHousing board of directors.

Bedbugs have plagued the city for years at a cost in the millions.

In 2009, the CityHousing Hamilton budget for pest control was $300,000. In 2017, that number was $1.3 million.

So far this year, CityHousing has spent more than $655,000 on pest control, according to numbers provided by city spokesperson Antonella Giancarlo on behalf of CityHousing Hamilton CEO Tom Hunter.

Giancarlo said in an email that 555 Queenston Rd. has had eight bedbug treatments so far this year, plus 46 cockroach treatments. In all the CityHousing buildings, there have been 664 bedbug treatments and 851 cockroach treatments this year.

Laverne Dow, another tenant in the building, said she believes there are more than three units at 555 Queenston Rd. with bedbugs, but acknowledged theres a stigma that prevents some tenants from calling for help.

In 2016, the city implemented a three-year bedbug strategy to help reduce the prevalence of the pests.

A summary of the community engagement report mentions some of the barriers to addressing the problem. Among them are a fear that reporting bedbugs might lead to blame on the tenant or possible eviction. Another is stigma that bedbugs are connected to poverty or unclean conditions.

Bedbugs can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time, the report notes.

When you dont call because you might be embarrassed, theres the opportunity then for the bugs to spread to other areas, said Collins. The longer something goes unchecked, the more that they have the opportunity to get into other places and impact other people.

Dow said shes concerned pest control is only treating the affected units and not the ones surrounding them, as she believes this allows the problem to persist.

Were not randomly going through to other units and just treating them without knowing whether pests are prevalent in the unit, said Collins, noting that staff tries to be proactive. He said one of the units at 555 Queenston had its pests discovered when a resident came into the building office and staff noticed a bedbug on her.

Dow and Keene both said theyve sought assistance from CityHousing to replace their baseboards and caulking to help seal their apartments to prevent the bugs from coming in, but theyve had no luck.


In an email, Giancarlo said CityHousing may provide help with baseboards and caulking depending on how much work is involved, noting that residents can request basic caulking work. But a property managers approval is needed for bigger projects such as replacing baseboards.

In the majority of cases, baseboard replacements and caulking are not necessary for the control of pests, she wrote.

Its actually disappointing that someone whos not just a senior but who lives in CityHousing is being forced to live with no furniture, said Dayna Sparkes, a member of ACORN Canadas Hamilton East chapter.

ACORN has been organizing for better protections for renters in Hamilton, including a licensing process for landlords and proactive enforcement of municipal property standards, including proper pest management, Sparkes noted.

I dont think people realize how extensive and thorough you have to be when youre getting treatment, she said. Its not an easy process.

Sparkes added that its challenging for seniors to remove furniture from their apartments and costly to laundry everything.

She believes CityHousing and other landlords have the responsibility to help their tenants get their furniture replaced.

Its the same thing as with having the pests themselves its not (the tenants) fault, she said.

Giancarlo said money is available to ODSP and Ontario Works recipients to offset the costs of mattresses, as well as preparation and prevention for bedbugs.

Keene said she hasnt yet received the results from the inspection, but after she threw out her furniture, she hasnt been bitten once.

Even if she could afford new furniture again, Keene said she doesnt see the point in replacing it.

Why buy it again if (the bugs are) going to come back? she said.

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