8 Plants to Repel Bugs, Insects, and Pests

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Bugs, bees, ants, wasps, mice, etc…..they’re called pests for a reason! Here’s a list of 8 plants to repel pests naturally. With 2 kids under 5 I don’t like using chemicals around the house but these plants repel pests so I don’t have to!


Plants that Repel Pests

8 Plants that Repel Bugs, Insects, and Pests

I don’t know about you but I HATE bugs!

They just freak me out!  It really doesn’t matter what kind of bug- roaches, silverfish, spiders, mosquitos, fleas, beetles…. You name it and I HATE it!  Especially bed bugs!  I’ve never experienced bed bugs before but I was watching 20/20 a while back and they were doing some kind of expose on bed bugs in hotels and I’ve been freaked out ever since!  The mere thought of them makes my skin crawl!!!!

Since we had such a mild winter (here in Georgia anyway) everyone is saying how horrible the bugs are going to be this summer because nothing died off during the winter.  So now I’m super freaked out and have been looking into natural remedies or repellents for those nasty creepy crawlers and stingy sneaky fliers.  I used to just have a bottle of Raid handy… but now I have Little Man and Miss Jellybean so I really don’t want to be spraying chemicals around them.
After a little research I realized there are some EXTREMELY simple plants that you can put around the house to repel all those nasty critters!  The nice thing about these is they can be planted in pots and moved around (which is extremely beneficial) or they can be planted directly in your yard—and they’re even pretty with many having multiple uses!
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8 Plants to Repel Pests
1. Mint
Who knew mint has so many uses!  It not only smells nice and is super delicious (Mojitos anyone?? ;) ) but it keeps away ants and mice!  Crush some to release the fragrance and it’ll run off any strays that come your way….but be warned…kitty cats LOVE mint and will roll around in it.  I’ve heard that mint is also a natural flea repellent.
Another delicious herb that’s used in many recipes are bay leaves.  Not only do they make my BEST beef stew recipe unbelievably delectable but bay leaves also ward off roaches!

 3. Lemongrass

Let me just say…this year my back yard is going to have a whole border of lemongrass!! Did you know that Lemongrass will keep away those flying pesksy mosquitos and bees!  And it looks pretty too– we have a ravine in our backyard so I think this will make the perfect border….plus I HATE bees….I’m always terrified of getting stung!

Yummy and keeps those annoying flies at bay!!  Isn’t it amazing how many herbs keep pests away….just another reason to build a nice herb garden…right?!  I love this herb garden for growing fresh herbs year round…and now I know I can just sprinkle some of the leaves around if I notice any pests nearby….win/win!


They not only add a boost of color but they keep out Japanese beetles!  These would look beautiful in the front walkway…curb appeal and bug deflector…yeah I’ll take it!
Now, I read about 2 plants that seem to be SUPER-PLANTS!
These are a must this year:
Yep, that stuff that makes your cat act all crazy…. Supposedly wards off a long list of bugs including mosquitos and flies.
AKA: Mums specifically the ones that look like Daisies!
These are the be all end all of pests!  According to wiki.answers these cute little flowers repel: Roaches, fleas, ticks, bedbugs, lice, silverfish, ants, and so much more!

8. Citronella

Probably the most well known repellent….citronella can easily be found everywhere during the spring and summer months.  You can use the plant or even the essential oil….I personally prefer Young Living Essential Oils because they’re all natural, pure grade, quality oils that we use for all sorts of ailments at home. You can read more about Young Living Oils here.

So, I am  buying up some of these to plant in pots around the house and hopefully we’ll have a bug free summer!

How do you repel bugs, insects, and pests? Share in the comments below!

Are you like me and always on the hunt for deliciously simple recipes that your family will love?  Here’s a free printable for my 5 FAVORITE one dish meals– they’re perfect for busy nights when you don’t have a ton of time and don’t want to clean a bunch of dishes!

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  1. Thanks for sharing this! I think it is really smart to use natural methods for keeping your yard free of pests. In fact, I may start planting some lemongrass in my backyard. Who knows, maybe it can help keep away the mosquitoes that always come around in the summer.

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