7 Plants That Repel Insects

The sun is shining and you’ve been looking forward to relaxing in your garden for quite some time.
However, there is one major issue that the warmer weather brings… backyard bugs.

Flies, mosquitoes, and other pest may be a problem depending on where you live. If this describes you, it’s time to start incorporating pest-fighting plants into your landscaping.

Here are some of the best plants for repelling nasty warm weather pests:

1.Sweet Basil

Sweet basil is a great option if you’re searching for a gorgeous fragrant plant to keep flies and mosquitoes at bay. You can put it inside near a window or in a flower garden outside.

Basil needs a moist, well-drained soil and lots of sunlight to thrive. It can be grown alone or in combination with other plants that need similar living conditions.


Lavender is a very good choice because not only does it keep pests away, but it can also help you sleep. So a good place to plant it, is outside your bedroom window if possible. Or bring cut flowers inside.

This drought-resistant plant is ideal for beginners and thrives in full sun with adequate drainage. It can adapt to a variety of temperatures, but thrives in warmer conditions.

Lavender in your garden will get rid of fleas, moths, mosquitoes, and flies.


Pyrethrum, a popular component in insect repellent and dog shampoo, is found in the flowers of chrysanthemums.

Ants, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs, root-knot nematodes, and even roaches may all be avoided by using these beautiful flowers in your garden.

Chrysanthemums are a beautiful way to give your garden protection from bugs. For maximum results it is a good idea to plant some of themin your vegetable garden.


Part of the reason petunias are so popular, is the wide range of colors they are available in.

Petunias are a great choice if you want to keep aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, squash bugs, and leafhoppers at bay.

Petunias enjoy a lot of sunlight, although they may also be grown inside in a bright spot.
Petunias sticky hairs are great for catching any pests that may wander inside.


Mint is not only good for digestion, but it also keeps flies and mosquitos away. Peppermint is poisonous to mosquito larvae, preventing them from reproducing.

It also smells really delicious.

Planting mint, however, should be done with caution because it grows rapidly and may quickly take over your yard.

The best option is to plant it in an area where you will be able to keep it under control. A large pot is a good choice.


While cats may love this plant, bugs are repelled by it.

To keep mosquitoes at bay, place this inside or outside your house. It will also help to keep termites and cockroaches away.


If you want to say goodbye to mosquitoes, citronella will do the trick. This low-maintenance plant is very effective in repelling both flies and mosquitoes.

Its strong yet pleasant aroma has made it a common ingredient in both candles and other insect repellents.

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