Plants That Repel Insects

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Plants That Repel Insects: Spearmint PlantBeware of the coming seasonal flying insects that are attracted to floral and fruity scents! Be as safe as possible and invest in a bottle of Ivory Liquid dish soap and put 10-12 drops of wintergreen, spearmint or peppermint essential oil in it and shake it up! You will feel especially clean and the bugs will like you a lot less! (I use mine on my person and in my hair!)


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April 20, 2006

Here is a list of plants and what insects they repel. This was sent in by Gill, a long time reader.

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March 15, 2007

You can help prevent aphid infestations on your vegetables by interplanting them with plants that repel aphids. Some examples are anise, chives, coriander, garlic, onions, petunias, and radish.

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January 25, 2007


Is there a plant that repels all bugs?

Lynne from London, KY



There isn't one specific plant that will repel all insects, but in general, strong-smelling plants seem to work better than odorless plants. The idea is that some insects use scent to locate their host plants. If strong-smelling plants are growing nearby, the insects are more likely to become confused and move on. Try interplanting tansy, pennyroyal, lavender, peppermint (and other mints), onion, garlic and marigold.

Mixed planting is another effective strategy for controlling insects. By mixed planting, I'm referring to growing a diversity of plants rather than growing just a few types of plants. This encourages the pollinators and works to attract the kind of predatory (beneficial) insects that will naturally prey on pests. Mix planting also discourages pests from laying eggs.


Many insects taste with their feet. If they land on several suitable plants in a row, will stop to lay their eggs. If they land on several different (unsuitable) plants in a row, they are more likely to move on and look elsewhere. One example of mixed planting is to plant flowers around vegetables in the garden.



By Catherine (Guest Post)
November 15, 20060 found this helpful

I think the answer is yes, but it depends on what exactly you're asking.
Repels all bugs in the garden? yes. it's the lowly marigold - any variety of marigold. Plant marigolds among/around your other flowers/vegetables and this keeps bugs away.
If you mean repels bugs from human skin etc. - I don't know....
hope this helps.

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November 16, 20060 found this helpful

i don't think there is any one plant that repels ALL bugs but i agree with the other post, marigolds come close.
strong plants keep away pests too. white clover attacts good bugs and adds nitrogen to the soil. its rather invasive but it also smothers out weeds.

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November 19, 20060 found this helpful

I purchased a citronella plant "mosquito plant" in the spring and potted it, placing it so when the dogs come to greet me, or to bed down, they rub against it which causes its aroma to fill the air. It also repels fleas and ticks. I noticed a marked difference in the mosquitos in their area this year, so many less, that I could sit longer outside to love on my dogs and when a mosquito would slip past, I would take a stick and give the leaves a few nudges, again distributing the scent.


I plan to do this every year. As it reduced the cost of chemical flea control by them rubbing against it often.

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May 30, 20160 found this helpful

Try the leaves of a Callicarpa species. Let me know

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March 19, 2012

I visit my neighbor just about every day and in the past week his place has been adorned with flies. There are hundreds of them, on his porch, his car, his lawn furniture, you name it they are there. Is there a bush or flower that has an aroma that repels flies? Does anyone have any other suggestions besides opening up a lizard and frog zoo?

By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN


March 20, 20120 found this helpful

Basil always works well for me. Plant it around your porch and flies will disappear.

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March 21, 20120 found this helpful

Bird feeders and bird baths will attract birds which will eat the flies.

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March 26, 20120 found this helpful

Tell him to go to Costco's or a Garden Centre etc, and order some beneficial nematodes. There are different kinds, but the ones that do flies, also kill off Japanese beetles and grubs. They are micro organisms which feed on the larvae in the soil.


You can't see them, they are microscopic. You just take the pack out of your freezer, follow directions, essentially sprinkle on the soil in the area where the buggers are. This as all natural, non pesticide and works like a hot damn.

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April 24, 2012

What can I do about gnats and mosquitoes? I know there are some plants.

By Sheryl


April 27, 20120 found this helpful

Lemon grass will do it and also there is a geranium called a Shoo Geranium. That is probably the best one.

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March 21, 2010

It's is starting to be spring here a little early, but we will take it. With spring we get what my husband and I call "biting gnats". They are about the size of a gnat, swarm around you and their bite stings.

We love to sit outside all spring and summer long, but in the springtime they make it almost impossible. We have tried spraying ourselves with Listerine and Off. Any ideas on other sprays or plants to plant around our deck? We already plant marigolds for mosquitoes. Any other suggestions? Thanks.


Hardiness Zone: 5a

By Jen Hummell from Shellsburg, IA

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