Top 13 Insects Repellent Plants You Can Grow

Last Updated: 19.10.2023
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Want to keep the little pesky pests away without using harmful chemicals? Grow these Insects Repellent Plants to keep them at bay!

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Best Insects Repellent Plants 

1. Tulsi

The pungent smell of the tulsi is effective in keeping insects like mosquitoes and flies at bay. This plant is commonly found on every Indian front porch, and its leaves can be used in making insect repellent spray.

2. Catnip

According to a study by Lowa state university, catnip is 10 times more effective than DEET, a compound used in insect repellents. This herb consists of nepetalactone that deters mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other insects away.

3. Lemongrass

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The lemongrass gives out a soothing lemony aroma that is unpleasant to mosquitoes. Its compound called citronella is the major ingredient of insect-repelling candles.

4. Sage

You can burn sage leaves in the yard, to keep the insects away. Moreover, you can also prepare a bug repellent spray by blending sage, mint, and apple cider vinegar.

5. Mint

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The intense fragrance of mint staves off the insects and pests wandering around. Its leaves are also dried to use as a natural domestic pest control method.

6. Marigold


There is no substitute tp marigold when it comes to insect control! According to a study, the strong scent emitted by the flowers deters nearby mosquitoes, aphids, squash bugs, and whiteflies.

7. Rosemary

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Rosemary keeps cabbage moths, mosquitoes, as well as carrot flies in check. Its soothing aroma has a soothing effect while deters bugs especially veggie harming pests away.

8. Nasturtium


Nasturtium plant is the best bet for those insects that feast on vegetables like squash bugs, aphids, cucumber beetles, whiteflies, and cabbage loopers.

9. Floss Flower

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The coumarin compound present in the floss flower is one of the key ingredients of insect repellent sprays. Hence, its smell is enough to keep the bugs, especially mosquitoes at bay.

10. Garlic


The intense pungent smell of the garlic is unpleasant to Japanese beetles, root maggots, carrot root flies, hence preventing them from buzzing around.

11. Radish

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The distinctive scent of the radish plays a potent role as pest and insect control in vegetable gardens. Its smell confuses and repels the vegetable damaging insects.

12. Chrysanthemums

The chemical called pyrethrum helps in warding off numerous insects including ants, Japanese beetles, roaches, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs.

13. Scented Geranium

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The lemony aroma emitted by the geranium blooms prevents insects like leafhoppers and mosquitoes from hovering around. You can plant this flower in between the flower beds rows.

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