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Q.Are there specific herbs that can keep away insects such as flies, fleas etc

Zone Hamilton | moeraw added on March 16, 2012 | Answered

I want to create an indoor herb garden. I have a big problem with indoor pests, such as flies, roaches, fleas, spiders, etc. I want to do it the ‘green’ way without pesticides, as I have allergies to most insect sprays. Is there a possibility of creating a specific herb garden indoors to act as an insect deterrent?

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Answered on March 18, 2012

Rue is popular for this. It is not edible, but is considered to be a repellent for insects. Mint and marigolds will also help to deter them as well.

That being said, they will only help in the immediate area of where they are planted. It might be difficult to have them everywhere in your home.

You might try placing some garlic around. That will also help keep bugs away.

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