Plants that Help Keep Summertime Insects at Bay

Posted on July 22, 2016

If there is one thing you learn from being a seasoned landscaper in the Boston area, it’s that many homeowners are looking for solutions for their insect problems, especially in the summer. New England is known for having wet springs, which often lead to bug-infested summers. Though there are plenty of chemical solutions that can be used in order to remedy this problem, there are also many plant options we suggest that are known to help repel bugs during these summer months! Here are some of our favorite herbs and flowers that have been known to keep summertime insects at bay and allow you to enjoy more time in your yard.

Basil- House flies and mosquitoes

Lemon thyme- Mosquitos

Lavender- Flies, mosquitos, fleas, and moths

Marigolds- aphids and mosquitoes

Mint- Mosquitoes

Chrysanthemums- Ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, fleas, lice, roaches, bedbugs, and more

Rosemary- Mosquitoes and various insects that eat away at vegetables

Lemon grass- Mosquitos

Petunias- Leafhoppers, beetles, aphids, and squash bugs

Not only are many of these plants smell wonderful and look beautiful on their own, some even serve more than one purpose. If you’ve been thinking about planting a vegetable garden or want to improve upon your cooking supplies, choosing many of these plants will not only spice up your summer meals, they will protect you against those outside pests.

Now that you have a better idea of which plants you might want to invest in for your yard, you might find that a little landscaping help in MA is in order. Cataldo Landscape and Masonry would be happy to work with you to create a design plan for your yard that is not only functional, but also looks great, too! With more questions about our various services, please call our experts today at (781) 304-8900.