5 fragrant herbs and plants that repel flies

5 fragrant herbs and plants that repel flies
5 fragrant herbs and plants that repel flies

5 fragrant herbs and plants that repel flies.

When we hear the words

‘spring’ and ‘summer’, most people think of spending time outdoors, having picnics, or barbecuing for family and friends.

Unfortunately, such outdoor activities attract one of life’s little annoyances – flies.

While there are many sprays available for the skin, clothing, and environment, the idea of smearing ourselves and our surroundings with toxic chemicals is repulsive to many people.

Fortunately, there are various herbs and plants that not only repel flies but also look attractive and smell pleasant.


Sweet basil Ocimum basilicum is by far the most popular herb in gardens and kitchens around the world.

Known for its pungent, anise-like aroma, basil is a favorite in pots and flower beds near doors and windows.

Basil is not only great for cooking and its wonderful aroma, O. basilica is also a natural repellent against flies and mosquitoes.

Here are great instructions for growing a huge basil bush that will provide unlimited pesto and repel flies.


Bay laurel Laurus nobilis leaves are another great pest repellent.

This popular herb not only repels flies, but can also be used to keep moths out of closets, mice, and cockroaches out of your pantry, and bugs out of grains and cereal.

L. can be grown outdoors in pots during the summer and brought indoors during the colder months.

Bay leaves can also be dried and bundled to hang near doors and windows or placed in grain bags.


Lavender Lavandula Angustifolia is often grown for its lovely fragrance and dainty purple flowers.

It is traditionally used ground or in dried bouquets to give off its pleasant aroma – from baked goods to dressers.

Lavender is excellent as an ornamental plant on doors and under windows not only for its appearance and fragrance but also for its insect repellent properties.

Lavender repels not only flies, but also fleas, moths, and mosquitoes.


Also known as a bitter button, cow bitter, and golden button – common tansy Tanacetum vulgare has been used since ancient times to treat ailments ranging from digestive problems and intestinal parasites to bruises and joint pain.

Although many of these uses have since been disproven, datura is highly effective at repelling insects and their larvae – so much so that the herb gained a negative reputation in the 1800s for being associated with death, as it was often used in coffins to repel worms from corpses.


common tansy is often used as a natural insect repellent. word of warning:  Vulgare is considered an invasive species in certain parts of the world. Educate yourself before growing this herb in your garden, and be careful not to inadvertently damage your local ecosystem.


The pungent oil of Citronella grass ” Cymbopogon nardus ” is probably the best-known herbal insect repellent on the market.

nardus, a species of citronella grass, is best grown in a controlled environment, as it is also considered an invasive species.

Unlike the subtle lemongrass used in many Asian cuisines, citronella grass is too strong to be palatable and should not be used in cooking.

There are many natural ways to add insect repellent plants to your garden.

Of course, all parts of the world are different and it may be necessary to experiment with different combinations of these herbs to find what works best for your climate and soil conditions and against your native fly population.

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