With summer right around the corner, we thought we’d introduce you to 6 fly repellent plants you should have around your home. Summer is great and all, but what’s NOT great are all the flies and insects that come along with it. Unfortunately, flies carry a lot of diseases that can spread very easily, so it’s important to keep them at bay. Chemical sprays are horrible for the air we breathe as well as for other insects, so stay away from those. Instead, check out these 6 fly repellent plants that will keep flies and other pesky insects away. No harm, no foul – flies just detest these plants and won’t come near the area!

6 Fly Repellent Plants

#1. Sweet Basil

basil plant

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Not only is basil a wonderful, floral herb that adds much dimension to any dish, but it also repels flies and mosquitoes! To learn more about basil, check out how to grow basil indoors.

#2. Bay Laurel

Bay laurel leaves are another amazing fly repellent that you should definitely have in your garden. Dried bay leaves are also great at keeping mice, cockroaches, and moths away if placed in cupboards and other dark places.

#3. Lavender

Lavender adds a wonderful addition to any garden and will make your yard and house smell heavenly. While we may love the smell, flies, moths, and fleas hate lavender.

#4. Tansy

tansy plant

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Tansy is a natural insect repellent that works SO well, it’s widely used around the world to repel not only flies but moths, mosquitoes, larvae, and other pesky insects.

#5. Wormwood

wormwood plant

Wormwood is best known for its distillation of the spirit absinthe. But the oils that are secreted by the plant actually repel flies, mosquitoes, mice, moths, and ants!

#6. Citronella Grass

Citronella grass looks great as a decorative plant, but is also one of the most popular and widely used insect repellents. Plant it in pots or directly around your garden, and big, beautiful bushes will grow!

Happy Planting!

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