Insect Repellent Plants
Nobody likes to see flies or get bitten by mosquitoes in their
home or garden. If this has been a problem for you this summer
then here are some tips to help. While some people are convinced
that flies and mosquitoes can be repelled by certain plants
others are more sceptical. Give these suggestions a try and see
how you get on – at the very least these plants are pretty and
Remove the attraction
Flies in particular are attracted to rubbish and foul smells.
Good hygiene will discourage flies so ensure that bins are
covered and pet litter cleared away.
Stagnant water is attractive to mosquitoes so keep pond pumps
working. However, wasps also like stagnant water and they can
actually help rid your garden of unwanted pests.
Clear away weak or decaying plants that insects like to live in.
Insect Repellent Plants
A tropical plant that can grow up to 6 feet tall. The oil from
Citronella Grass is used to make mosquito repellents and is
often used in candles.
Catnip is a herb favoured by cats but can be very effective at
This garden herb also has an oil that repels mosquitoes and can
be used in cooking. They are a tropical plant and will need warm
shelter during the winter.
An annual with bright flowers ranging from yellow to dark red.
Marigolds have a particular smell that many insects (and slugs)
dislike. They are often planted near vegetables to keep slugs
Particularly effective at repelling flies. Easy to buy and grow
– keep some in a pot near your back door. Penny royal is a
similar plant but probably a bit harder to find.
Other plants include eucalyptus and lavender
that can repel plants with their smell and natural oils.
Venus Fly Trap
is the most well known but, far from being a novelty, a Venus
Fly Trap will catch any flies buzzing around your window sill
and is easy to care for.
Not all insects are bad. Beneficial insects are those that help
keep your garden healthy. Bees are a good example as they help
pollinate our plants. Ladybirds, hoverflies and wasps like to
eat plant-destroying pests. Remember, that any chemicals you use
could also damage these beneficial friends so use them
Attracting birds with a bird feeder and/or
bird bath may also be a good idea as they like to eat insects.
Apparently, conkers can keep spiders away! Try it for
yourself by placing conkers near likely spider entrances.