Recently my basil (my favorite herb to cook with!) has been getting eaten by Japanese Beetles. And my cat, but that’s another issue! But I needed to figure out how to keep these beetles away from my favorite plant without putting something on the plants that could be harmful to me, my kids, OR my cat – and using plants as pest control is perfect.
Here is a helpful list of plants that double as pest control (I’ll spare you pictures of the pests themselves, in case you’re not a fan of bugs like me!):
Catnip – Apparently this plant repels just about everything, except for cats of course! Use it to keep away flea beetles, aphids, Japanese beetles, squash bugs, ants, and weevils. Use sachets of dried catnip to deter the annual parade of ants that may invade your kitchen. A pretty variety of catnip is ‘Six Hills Giant’ because of its proliferation of sky blue blooms.
I plan to use catnip to draw my cat AWAY from my basil!!!