What other plants can be used as insect repellent?
Many plants can be used as insect repellents beside the two which you have stated, and many are also planted as companion plants for others for this reason, and to deter other pests. As many are herbs, their value is two-fold, besides their intrinsic value in the garden. Basil is widely used as a mosquito repellent, and it is claimed that the variety with the larger leaf is more effective. It is also used for flies and the asparagus beetle. Mosquitoes are attracted to marigolds, so we may plant them in strategic positions to attract these insects away from us. Calendulas are also planted to deter the tomato worm and asparagus beetle. Lemon Thyme, Citrosa, Rosemary and Catnip are effective for mosquitoes, but it should be pointed out that just having these plants sitting in a pot will not do much. Their odour should be released by crunching up several leaves, or, better still, by rubbing them on the skin. Laurel leaves (Bay) can be crunched up and scattered as an ant deterrent. Below ar