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What Are the Benefits of Eating Organic Fruits and Veggies?

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Here at Grow Inn Homes, we grow fruit trees and native Florida plants on our portfolio properties for our residents and the community to enjoy. A byproduct of growing bananas, mangos, pineapples and other delicious fruits is that they attract insects and other creatures. We go the natural route when helping our plants grow, and also grow natural bug repellents that are safe to use on our skin and spray in the air. In this blog we will be discussing several natural plant-based insect repellents that can be planted in your garden and used to help deter insects like mosquitoes, noseeums, and ticks.

  1. Basil: The essential oils found in basil contain compounds that can be irritating or overwhelming to many insects, causing them to avoid areas where the scent is present. Basil has a distinctive and potent aroma that humans find pleasant, but many insects don’t. Basil leaves contain essential oils, such as linalool and eugenol, which are responsible for its characteristic fragrance. These essential oils easily evaporate into the air, spreading the repellent scent over a considerable area. Insects, including mosquitoes, flies, and other pests, are repelled by these compounds, reducing their likelihood of approaching areas with a strong basil presence. Basil is not only an insect repellent, but also an ingredient you can add in your home cooked meals such as tomato sauce and on pizza.
  2. Lemongrass: Lemongrass contains natural compounds, such as citronellal, geraniol, and other essential oils. These compounds create an aroma that insects find unpleasant or irritating, leading them to avoid areas where lemongrass is present. Citronella has a strong citrus scent and this is effective in repelling flying insects. Geraniol has a floral scent and is effective in repelling ticks, mosquitoes and biting insects. Overall, the powerful aroma of lemongrass confuses the insects and disrupts their ability to detect the target and navigate effectively. Not only is lemongrass useful in repelling insects, it also has its benefits when added to the human diet.
  3. Rosemary: Rosemary contains essential oils, such as camphor, cineole, and rosmarinic acid, which are responsible for its characteristic scent. These essential oils are volatile and easily evaporate into the air, spreading the repellent scent over a wide area. These compounds found in rosemary essential oil can interfere with the olfactory receptors of insects, disrupting their ability to detect odors and find food sources. This confusion makes it less likely for insects to come near areas infused with rosemary. While rosemary can be used as a natural insect repellent, it is aso a commonly used seasoning in the kitchen adding tons of flavor to your dishes.
  4. Mint: Mint plants contain certain compounds such as menthol and limonene that are unpleasant to insects. Mosquitoes and ants are repelled by these compounds, making them less likely to come near areas with a strong mint presence. While these compounds are not harmful to humans and used in teas and a variety of culinary dishes, they are detrimental to insects and are a great plant to have in your food garden.

Aside from these few plants, there are many other plants that can act as a natural insect repellent such as lavender, lemon thyme, catnip, alliums and much more. We have also noticed that these same plants can also be used in our everyday lives, in the food we eat and in the beverages we drink. There is nothing better than going right into your backyard to harvest fresh basil and rosemary for your home cooked meals and mint for your tea. First check to see which plants in this blog grow well in your climate zone/area then get them in the ground in your garden!

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