Flies are pests that cause damage to your home and sometimes even your health. They carry diseases such as malaria, typhus, and yellow fever. They can also transmit viruses like West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya. Some insects have been known to carry rabies and other deadly diseases. If you have children or pets, then they may become infected with these diseases.

Insects are not the only ones that can harm humans through bites and stings. Spiders can also be a danger, especially the black widow and the brown recluse. Other venomous spiders in the U.S include the hobo spider, the yellow sac spider and the notorious black widow.

Non-venomous spiders in the U.S include the wolf spider, jumping spiders and the zebra jumper.

There are also several other bugs that can harm humans. Snakes can be found in many areas of the U.S, including the highly poisonous prairie rattlesnake and the copperhead.

Other reptiles that are dangerous are the crocodile and alligator.

Bees, wasps and hornets all have the ability to inflict a painful sting that can cause physical reactions or an allergic reaction.

The best way to keep away any type of pest is to make your house unattractive to them. Keep the garden around your house neat and tidy. This will prevent harborage for bugs, snakes and other creatures that want to live in your garden.

Keep weeds down and trim trees so that there are no dark places for snakes or other dangerous creatures to hide.

If you have a swimming pool, keep the area around it free from overgrowth and debris. This will keep snakes and other animals out of the area.

If you have a pond on your property, stock it with goldfish instead of turtles. While turtles are adorable, they can easily survive without eating any of your prized garden plants.

Keep your garbage cans covered to prevent flies from getting into them and becoming a breeding ground for maggots. Empty and scrub the cans weekly and disinfect them to prevent a place for flies to reproduce.

When grilling, keep your grill clean after each use. This will keep a breeding ground for pests away from your yard.

It’s a good idea to plant insect repellent plants around your house. This will prevent pests such as mosquitoes and flies from being able to land on your house.

Below is a list of some plants that are known to repel mosquitoes, flies, and other insects. This list comes from the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Plants that repel mosquitoes:

  • Catnip
  • Peppermint
  • Mint (bee balm, apple, hairy, horse, etc)
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Lemon Balm
  • Geranium
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Citronella Grass
  • Plants that repel flies:
  • Lavender
  • Mint (bee balm, apple, hairy, horse, etc)
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Chives
  • Rose bushes
  • Bay leaf
  • Citronella Grass
  • Linden Trees (because many types of insects hate them)
  • Marigolds (the French call this flower pougard de l’insecar which means fly repellent)
  • Plants that repel gnats:
  • Mint (bee balm, apple, hairy, horse, etc)
  • Catnip
  • Tansy
  • Plants that repel ants:
  • Citronella Grass
  • Basil
  • Bay leaf
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Mint (bee balm, apple, hairy, horse, etc)
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Plants that repel Fleas:
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Mint (bee balm, apple, hairy, horse, etc)
  • Plants that repel Ticks:
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Mint (bee balm, apple, hairy, horse, etc)
  • Peppermint
  • Garlic
  • Catnip
  • Plants that repel Slugs:
  • Citronella Grass
  • Chives
  • Plants that repel Grubs:
  • Peppermint
  • Mint (bee balm, apple, hairy, horse, etc)
  • Catnip
  • Plants that repel Fungus Gnats:
  • Chives
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Mint (bee balm, apple, hairy, horse, etc)
  • Catnip
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Wormwood

Using herbs such as these will keep most garden pests away from your garden.

Sources & references used in this article:

An insect trap as habitat: cohesion-failure mechanism prevents adhesion of Pameridea roridulae bugs to the sticky surface of the plant Roridula gorgonias by D Voigt, S Gorb – Journal of Experimental Biology, 2008 – jeb.biologists.org

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes Naturally by P Mehta – mykitchengarden.info

Synergistic toxicity of plant essential oils combined with pyrethroid insecticides against blow flies and the house fly by S Suwannayod, KL Sukontason, B Pitasawat… – Insects, 2019 – mdpi.com