5 Best Termite Repellent Plants You Can Grow

Last Updated: 19.10.2023
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Here are the Best Termite Repellent Plants you can grow to get rid of the pesky pet while adding beauty to your home and garden!

Best Termite Repellent Plants

Termite infestation can go unnoticed for months or even several years since they live deep within wooden objects and are not always visible. Most of the time, before you discover them, they do quite substantial damage. To avoid such situations, you can grow these Best Termite Repellent Plants to keep them at bay!

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Best Termite Repellent Plants

1. Vetiver Grass


Vetiver Grass, which is commonly known as “Khus Khus” in India, is a great termite repellent plant, and it is also proven in this study. It has a chemical compound called Nootkatone, which repels several types of pests and especially termites. It is an ornamental shrub with a pleasant smell and grows quite quickly. 

2. Catnip

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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Southern Research found out in research that catnip deters termites, and in higher concentrations, it may even kill them. Plant catnip around the termite-susceptible areas in your house, or use its essential oils to get rid of them. 

3. Mint


Mint is a popular kitchen herb known for its fresh aroma. Its intense aroma also serves the purpose of keeping insects away. Termites detest the smell of mint and vacate any area where this plant is present. 

Check out our article on growing mint here

4. Garlic

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Using garlic is another great way to get rid of termite infestations. It consists of amino acids, which, upon crushing, get converted into allicin, an excellent termite repellent. Beat a few garlic cloves and put them around the area where you’ve noticed the termites.

5. Marigold


Who would’ve guessed, marigold and its colorful flowers can repel termites! Gardeners like to plant marigolds in between/surrounding vegetable plants to keep pests away from the crop. The plant also prevents cockroaches, ants, spiders, and stink bugs from coming anywhere near it.

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In addition to using plants that repel termites, you can also use plants that draw termite predators. This will help you get rid of any infestations faster. Attracting insects like flies, wasps, beetles, ladybugs, spiders, centipedes, praying mantises will leave the termite as nothing more than prey. 

Some plants that attract termite predators are – daisies, sunflowers, legumes, and flowering herbs like rosemary, thyme, and dill.

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