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Natural Bug Repellents for Herbs

Natural Bug Repellents for Herbs

Natural Bug Repellents for Herbs. Bugs are a common garden pest among herbs. Although some bugs are beneficial, others damage the plant leaves and -- if left untreated -- may kill young plants. A natural bug repellent will help keep bugs away from garden or container herbs.

Bugs are a common garden pest among herbs. Although some bugs are beneficial, others damage the plant leaves and -- if left untreated -- may kill young plants. A natural bug repellent will help keep bugs away from garden or container herbs.
Benefits
Natural bug repellents are cost-effective and safe for use around pets and children. They are safe for use on herbs, as they will not harm the plant. Additionally, most natural bug repellents are nontoxic, allowing you to use the herbs for cooking.
Types
A variety of natural bug repellents may be either purchased or made yourself. Some herbs have natural insect repellent qualities, such as peppermint. Plant these in containers around the border of herb gardens. Sprays made from glycerin and essential oils of lavender or citronella are also effective. Bark mulch at the base of plants will keep slugs and most worms from attacking the plants.
Considerations
Some insects, such as bees and ladybugs, are beneficial to herb gardens as they keep harmful bugs away. When purchasing a natural bug repellent, be sure to read the labels and ensure all the ingredients are safe for human consumption. Companion planting with bug repellent herbs is effective, but be aware that some herbs, such as mints, will take over the garden if they are not properly contained.

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