Herbal Pest Control

Herbs for Pest Control in the Garden and around the Home

Herbs make great companion plants in the garden, working to both repel undesired insects and attract beneficials.

Fresh or dried herbs are also useful in the home for repelling unwanted insects and critters.

This list represents a variety of individual’s experience.  Environmental factors and conditions vary so your results may not be the same.  However, with some experimenting herbs can be used to keep a better balance in your gardens and home.


Pests Repelled

Basil Mosquitoes, houseflies
Borage Tomato horn worm
Calendula Asparagus beetle, tomato horn worm
Cilantro (Coriander) Aphids
Chives Aphids
Garlic Spider mites, aphids, Japanese beetles
Horseradish Potato bugs
Hyssop Cabbage moth
Lavender Ticks, clothes moths, mice
Marigold Nematodes, bean beetle
Mints Flea beetles, clothes moth
Nasturtium Bean beetle
Oregano Cabbage moth
Peppermint Flea beetles, ants
Rosemary Bean beetle, mosquitoes
Rue Japanese beetles, houseflies
Sage White cabbage butterflies
Santolina Clothes moths
Southernwood Fruit tree moths
Tansy Houseflies, ants, Japanese beetles, squash bugs
Thyme Cabbage moth

Information compiled from: Suite 101.com and Gardening.about.com


Herbal Insect Repellants for Pets

Triple Punch Herbal Flea Rinse for dogs

  • 1 part feverfew flowers
  • 1 part mullein flowers (keep away from aquatic animals)
  •  1 part yarrow flowers, leaves and stems
  • 1 part celery seeds
  • 3 parts calendula flowers

Make a tea rinse of the herbs by covering the mixture with boiling water and allowing it to steep until cooled before using.

From:  Herbs for Pets by Gregory L Tilford and Mary L Wulff