6 Plants To Use As Natural Bug Repellant

Today, we’ll talk about the aesthetic and practical benefits of planting fragrant plants in your backyard. Planting fragrant plants can aide in repelling bugs and they’re also just a beautiful addition to any outdoor space! Let’s dive into this environmentally friendly and natural bug repellant method.

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Certain fragrant plants contain essential oils and compounds that are naturally repellent to many common pests. For instance, lavender smells amazing to humans but deters mosquitoes, moths, and flies.

Rosemary & Thyme

Similarly, rosemary and thyme have strong, pungent scents that are unappealing to mosquitos and moths. Specifically, thyme contains thymol that is known for it’s pest repelling properties. Both rosemary and thyme are commonly used in the kitchen – so it’s great to have them growing right outside your kitchen!


Lemongrass contains citronella, which is popularly used as a natural insect repellent. This plant wards off bugs and smells amazing. The citronella scent just smells like summer! Aesthetically, lemongrass contributes to outdoor spaces as a filling, green foliage.


The menthol found in mint has a potent aroma that serves as a natural bug repellant for mosquitoes, ants, and flies. Mint is great to have around since it’s commonly used in the kitchen. However, it can be invasive so it is best planted in containers.

My Green House

Additionally, I have tons of herbs planted in my green house I just installed in my backyard. I love having a place I can go to all year round for fresh herbs!

Outdoor Beauty

Planting these fragrant plants can aesthetically transform a backyard. As summer is here, I find myself wanting to spend more and more time out in my yard with my family. These plants make spending time outside so much more appealing! At the same time, we can enjoy time outside without being bombarded by unwanted pests. It’s a win-win!

You can see all of my favorite outdoor planters here in this blog post.

**Note: I am not a professional and do not claim to be an expert. All of my designs are not professionally designed and are for private use only.**