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11 Pest-Control Plants You Need in Your Yard

Not everyone is comfortable spraying or sprinkling pest repellents in their yard. If you're in this camp, try these plants to keep bugs out of your yard.

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Yard Pest Control Idea: Lace Your Lawn with Lavender

Known to keep fleas and mosquitoes at bay, lavender smells great and can be used in many other ways. Also, bees are attracted to lavender and these nine other plants.

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Yard Pest Control Idea: Plant Basil In Your Yard and House

Basil keeps away mosquitoes and flies. It can be grown in pots or in the garden. And, keep a pot in your kitchen to keep pesky flies away from your food. Check out these 10 herbs that grow well in containers on your patio.

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Yard Pest Control Idea: Grow Garlic

You'll be able to cook with what you grow, but it also is a great way to repel Japanese beetles. Garlic also repels deer. Check out these additional ways to keep Bambi out of your yard. Do you have an emerging stray cat problem in your neighborhood? Nip it in the bud ASAP with these tried-and-true tips.


Yard Pest Control Idea: Fennel Fends Off Snails

Grossed out by slugs and snails? Fennel is a natural repellent that also has many uses in the kitchen. Check out this collection of more patio plants you can eat.


Yard Pest Control Idea: Line Your Lawn with Lemongrass

Mosquitoes can ruin an outdoor party, so plant lemongrass because the scent is said to be a natural deterrent. Don't believe everything you hear or read about mosquito control. Here are seven mosquito myths you need to stop believing.

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Yard Pest Control Idea: Marigolds Combat Mosquitoes

Looking for a pretty way to keep mosquitoes away? Plant marigolds! There are a variety of different colors and heights available. It's never too late in the season to plant a container garden!


Yard Pest Control Idea: Make the Most of Mint

Cost effective and fast-growing, mint repels a multitude of bugs including mosquitoes. Also, grow some indoors for pests that make their way in! Check out this balcony herb pot that features mint, rosemary, chives and basil.

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Yard Pest Control Idea: Chrysanthemums Can Be Beautiful and Repellent

Pretty and potent to pests, chrysanthemums keep away some of the most despised bugs including mosquitoes, roaches, beetles, ticks and silverfish! Here are additional tips for protecting yourself against ticks.

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Yard Pest Control Idea: Protect Your Produce with Alliums

Bugs are often attracted to fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. Alliums keep away cabbage worms, carrot flies, slugs and other bugs that love to eat what you're growing. If you're interested in growing tomatoes, check out these five different tomato growing options. These are the 16 most disgusting house bugs and here's how to get rid of them.

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Yard Pest Control Idea: Pepper Your Garden with Petunias

They repel aphids, are bright, beautiful and easy to maintain. Plant petunias and enjoy their beauty and your bug-free garden. If you've never seen a flower tower, check out the petunias and other flower and herbs growing in these 12 flower tower examples. Here's a great window box planter that's a great fit for petunias.

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Yard Pest Control Idea: Venus Fly Traps Work Inside and Out

Plant Venus fly traps and bring some potted ones indoors. These aren't just fun to watch, but they actually do trap flies and another despised bug, the ant. Check out these nine myths to stop believing about ants.