8 plants you must have in your home to get rid of spiders and other pests



Don't believe pest control has to reek of harsh chemicals. With a beautiful lavender plant in your house, you can deter moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes with its pleasant aroma. Plus, it's a stunning plant that bugs absolutely despise.


Although its scent is refreshingly minty to our noses, insects can't stand it. Keep peppermint in pots (as it can become invasive outdoors) to fend off mosquitoes, spiders, and other pests.


Ever noticed how citronella candles keep bugs away in the summer? The citrusy scent originates from lemongrass. Planting this pretty grass indoors can give you a continuous citronella "candle" effect that never burns out.

Agastache cana (Mosquito Plant):

Featuring tall stems and tiny purple flowers, Agastache cana resembles a lavender plant from a distance. Similar to lavender, its scent is extremely off-putting to mosquitoes.


Not just a fantastic addition to pizzas and salads, basil's aroma and oils also function as a natural insect repellent. By keeping it indoors, you'll always have fresh basil at hand for your culinary endeavors.


Rosemary isn't just great for cooking; it also doubles as a brilliant plant to keep in your home. Not only will you have fresh sprigs ready for your meals and cocktails, but you'll also be able to keep bugs at a distance.

Lemon Balm:

The citrus scent of lemon balm is a powerful bug deterrent. Like mint, however, it's best kept in a pot to prevent it from spreading. Bonus: Lemon balm can be used to brew a delightful tea.


These vibrant flowers are not only pleasing to the eye, but they're also a natural insect repellent. Marigolds contain a chemical called pyrethrum, which is often used in commercial insect repellents.