10 plants that can help repel insects like mosquitoes, flies, spiders and more
When it comes to the inevitable confrontation between you and Bugs, keeping them away from your immediate vicinity is probably the top priority as they thrive in the warmer months. While there are always options like pesticides and insect traps, it certainly doesn’t hurt to explore potential natural solutions before trying more harsh chemicals (although they may be necessary in case severe infestation).
This is where plants come in. There are a multitude of herbs, shrubs and flowers that you can put in your garden or outdoor space that have a reputation for repelling insects. “Plants have a mission to repel insects, because it is one of the most important ways to avoid damage caused by insects while feeding,” says the entomologist. Roberto M. Pereira, Ph.D., Insect Scientist at the University of Florida. But, of course, the plants too need insects to cross pollinate so that they can survive. “It’s an arms race between plants and insects, each trying to survive and thrive,” Pereira says.
You do not know where to start? Below, we’ve rounded up the plants gardeners love to use to repel annoying insects. They won’t kill mosquitoes, ticks, or flies for good – no plant really will – but their unique properties can send pests in another direction while beautifying your yard, yard, or patio.