10 Must Have Bug Repelling Plants

Summer time is here and with that brings lots and lots of bugs. Now I don’t always mind bugs but I would rather them not be on me or around me house. We have mosquitoes something awful here in Kentucky so this year. I’m doing my best to keep them at bay. I am personally using all these plants around my home this year in hopes it will help to keep those pesky bugs away. I plan to do a detailed post after summer on which  bug repelling plants I felt worked best. Keep an eye out for that.

Here are 10 bug repelling plants


  1.  Lavender

    Lavender has been a wildly popular herb for centuries. Known for its deep, complex fragrance and bold purple spikes of flowers, it can be found in gardens around the world. Lavender oil is often used in natural bug repellents, as it is effective at chasing off flies, mosquitoes, and gnats. It requires very little maintenance and can be used as a cut flower indoors as well.

  2. Mint

    This pleasant-smelling plant helps repel biting insects. It’s best to plant mint in pots because it will spread like crazy.

  3. Basil

    Basil is another herb that can also double as a pest repellent. The pungent smell the basil leaves give off are what keep pests at bay. And since all kinds of basil work to keep flies and mosquitoes at bay, feel free to explore and find the right types of basil to mix into your garden. This herb likes to be kept damp, needs good drainage, and enjoys lots of sun. You can plant basil in containers or in the garden, alone or with other flowers, as long as both plants meet the same requirements.

  4. Petunias

    Despite their delicate appearance, petunias have bug-repelling superpowers. They are credited with being able to keep aphids and leafhoppers, as well as other insects, away.

  5. Marigolds

    Place potted marigolds near mosquito entry points, such as doors and windows, or on a deck or balcony where you spend a lot of time outdoors. They also deter insects that prey on tomato plants — an added bonus for gardeners.

    Not only do they make your landscape more attractive, but marigolds also have a distinct smell that repels mosquitoes.

    Plant from seed or get a starter plant from a nursery or floral department.

  6. Chrysanthemums

    Citronella is one of the most common ingredients in insect repellents, due to its strong smell, which masks mosquito attractants.

    The perennial clumping grass grows 5 to 6 feet and can be planted in the ground or kept in large pots.

    Citronella plants thrive best in full sun and areas with good drainage.

  7. Lemongrass

    Citronella is the oil found in lemongrass. Lemongrass needs tons of sun, so most of us will have to enjoy it as an annual in the summer.

  8. Alliums

    Chives, leeks, onions, garlic, scallions, and shallots fall into this group. They grow tall with pretty purple, white or pink flowers and help protect other veggies (and your yard) against slugs, flies, and worms, although they can attract moths. Be warned that, like garlic and onions, allium plants can be extremely toxic to dogs and cats.

  9. Catnip

    This fragrant mint cousin contains a natural chemical called nepetalactone, which is both a feline attractant and a useful insect repellent. Though if you’re not interested in a bunch of cats moving into the area, skip this one and move onto a different plant.

  10. Rosemary

    Rosemary comes in many varieties, making finding one you like the appearance of easy. Most insects find the plant unsavory and will stay away from it. It can be grown as a tall border plant, in pots, cut into topiaries or as bushes.

I hope these help keep away bugs at your house this summer. Did I some great bug repelling plants on my list? Please let me know in the comments.

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