Plants can be affected by many pests throughout their lives . A sudden change in temperature and/or environment, being thirsty or, on the contrary, having the soil permanently wet, or being in the same pot for too long are just some of the main causes why they can weaken, becoming like this. vulnerable to the attacks of some insects that will do everything possible to feed on their sap.
But they don’t have to be alone. In fact, in the plant world there are a series of species that repel these insects, and I am going to talk about those precisely, so that you can protect your garden and/or your patio with the 11 plants for pest control that we suggest.
- 1 basil
- 2 Wormwood
- 3 Nasturtium
- 4 Chives
- 5 Peppermint
- 6 Fennel
- 7 Lavender
- 8 Nettle
- 9 rosemary
- 10 Sage
- 11 Thyme
Basil, whose scientific name is Ocimum basilicum , is an aromatic herbaceous plant with an annual cycle that grows up to 30 centimeters in height . The leaves are small, lanceolate, green or purple depending on the variety, and their stems are protected by villi.
It is very interesting as it repels the red spider mite , and it can also keep the mildew fungus away if it is planted together with pepper plants and tomato plants.
Wormwood, whose scientific name is Artesimia absinthium , is a herbaceous perennial plant that has a hard, woody rhizome . It grows to a height of 120cm (sometimes 150cm), and is silver-green in color. Its stems branch from almost ground level, so that it becomes a plant with dense foliage. Its flowers are yellow, small, barely 2cm.
It is a plant that can be used to repel moths and whiteflies .
Nasturtium, whose scientific name is Tropaeolum majus , is an annual creeping herbaceous that grows to a height of 20-25cm . Its leaves are large, up to 10cm in diameter, glabrous and entire. The flowers are of very striking colors, and are made up of 5 yellow, red, orange or bicolor petals.
It cannot be missing in any garden or patio, since it repels aphids, whiteflies, and snails .
The chive, whose scientific name is Allium schoenoprasum , is a bulbous plant widely cultivated in the garden and in the flowerpot . It is characterized by having long, up to 30cm, very thin, dark green leaves. The flowers appear distributed in lilac-pink inflorescences. The whole plant gives off a very characteristic aroma.
In addition to its culinary uses, it must also be said that it helps prevent the rust fungus .
Peppermint, whose scientific name is Mentha spicata , is an aromatic herbaceous plant with small, rounded, bright green leaves . It grows to a height of 20-25cm, maximum 30cm, and has a great tendency to emit stolons, they are lateral shoots that are born from the base of the stem and end up rooting.
This is a species that helps repel aphids .
Fennel, whose scientific name is Foeniculum vulgare , is a herbaceous plant that reaches 2m in height . The leaves are long, thin, and a very pretty light green color. The inflorescence is an umbel around 40 flowers golden yellow flowers. It can often be found growing in any type of terrain.
However, despite being a wild plant, it is a species capable of avoiding aphids , so it is worth having it in the garden or in a pot.
Lavender, which belongs to the botanical genus Lavandula, is an aromatic shrubby plant that grows up to 70cm tall . It is very dense, with leaves that can be dark or light green depending on the species in question. The flowers are grouped in showy inflorescences of different lilac colours.
It is very beautiful when it is in flower, and also repels annoying mosquitoes, lice, ants, flies, moths and fungi .
The nettle, which belongs to the botanical genus Urtica, is an annual herbaceous plant that, due to its stinging spines, most people do not want to have near it, not in vain, passing your hand near it is not pleasant at all. There are some species that can reach a meter and a half and even 2 meters, they have lanceolate leaves, with jagged edges on the underside of which are the aforementioned thorns, which are also present on the stems.
But not everything is as bad as it seems. Nettle is one of the herbs that has the most uses in the world of gardening: it is used to make compost, fertilizer, and to repel aphids and fungi.
Rosemary, whose scientific name is Rosmarinus officinalis , is an aromatic shrub that grows up to 1m in height , with highly branched stems. The leaves are small, simple, entire, up to 2cm long and dark green on the upper side and lighter on the underside. The flowers are also small, lilac-bluish in color.
Repels aphids, mealybugs and mosquitoes .
Salvia, which belongs to its homonymous botanical genus, is a plant that, depending on the species, can be annual, perennial or a shrub. In any case, all of them are characterized by having lanceolate leaves, up to 4cm long, and very showy flowers that are grouped in lilac-bluish inflorescences.
They are especially recommended to combat nematodes , which are a type of worm that lives underground and can cause damage to the roots.
Thyme, whose scientific name is Thymus vulgaris , is an aromatic herbaceous plant that grows up to 60cm in height and takes on a “ball” shape as it grows and develops . When it blooms it is quite a spectacle as it is almost completely covered with small white-pink flowers.
It is excellent for repelling mosquitoes and flies .
And with this we end. Did you know that there were so many plants that help repel pests and diseases?