Homeowners choose plants for their properties based on several variables. Some may be into growing their own foods, while others desire their gardens to be an awe-inspiring mélange of bright colours and alluring scents. In addition, some plants offer extra benefits, such as repelling insects. 

Insects can be a nuisance and a threat to individuals’ overall health. Insect-borne diseases are viral and bacterial illnesses that develop from insect bites. Mosquitoes, sand flies and fleas are some examples of insects that can pass on disease. Fever, chills, headache, and muscle soreness are just a few of the more common symptoms linked to insect-borne diseases. 

The good news for avid gardeners is that certain plants can help repel insects and provide additional benefits like fresh food and aesthetic appeal that so many people love.


Fleas, flies, mosquitoes, and moths are not fans of this aromatic and colourful member of the mint family. Bees tend to be drawn to lavender, a durable plant that many garden centers recommend in areas prone to drought or hot summers without much precipitation.


The aroma of fresh basil is enough to compel any gardener to make a place for it in their garden. There’s more to fresh basil than its scent; as the Farmers Almanac notes, it can be used to repel mosquitoes and moths.


Mint is another plant that is instantly recognizable for its aroma. But, mint lovers may not realize that it’s also great for keeping ants at bay. Mint also can be used to repel mosquitoes, but gardeners with no experience planting mint should plant it in pots. That’s because mint is an especially aggressive spreader that can quickly take over a garden. Separating mint in pots can prevent it from bullying its way into other plants’ domains.


Lemongrass is a tropical grass that’s so fragrant it’s often used in perfumes. Lemongrass contains citronella, which many people associate with repelling mosquitoes. A potted lemongrass plant
can repel these unwanted guests, keeping them away from decks, porches and/or patios all
summer long.


Chrysanthemums repel a range of insects, from bedbugs to fleas to ants, as border plants around a home. That’s because they contain the natural insecticide pyrethrin, which can serve as an insect-repelling boundary around a house.

Insects are unwanted guests around home each spring, summer and fall. Certain plants can help repel insects and serve as an eco-friendly insecticide alternative.