Plants That Naturally Repel Insects

One of the toughest tasks for gardeners is the constant attention needed to prevent destructive insects from killing your plants and flowers. Fortunately, there is a selection of hardworking plants that can naturally repel insects in your garden.

There are many plants that naturally repel insects, because they either attract the beneficial bugs that prey on the bad ones, or they contain properties that ward off damaging insects. By using these plants as natural pest control, you are saving yourself a lot of work.

These plants help to reduce the insecticides you need to use in your garden. Depending on the insecticide, you may also repel the good bugs you want there, such as praying mantis and ladybugs. These insects can be beneficial since they feast on destructive garden bugs.


Artemisia creates a very powerful antiseptic that most insects loathe. Though not an unpleasant aroma to humans, when planted in drifts it also can deter the small animals that nibble on your flowers and vegetables.


Basil is great when planted alongside your tomatoes. It contains an oil that repels nasty insects such as flies, thrips, and mosquitoes.


The majestic sunflower stalks invite pesky aphids away from other plants. Ants like to make their colonies on sunflowers, but sunflowers are so tough they suffer no detrimental effects.


Not only does lavender cloak the air with a magnificent scent, but it also attracts many beneficial bugs. Aso a bonus, it repels bad ones such as moths and fleas.

Four O’Clocks

The destructive Japanese Beetle adores this plant and tries to feed on it regularly. Unfortunately for the beetle, the foliage on this plant is highly toxic and kills them before they can finish their meal. Beware, however, that this plant is also poisonous to human, so its best not to plant it if you have small children.


Well known for offending all kinds of bad bugs, including whiteflies and nematodes, they repel rabbits as well. But if you choose to plant these colorful beauties as an insect repellent, be sure they are scented or they won’t adequately do their job.

There are many more plants that double as bad bug busters, so with a little research, you can discover some terrific plants that will not only enhance your garden’s beauty, but will act as watchdogs, protecting your garden so you don’t have to.

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