Herbs and Plants for Bee and Wasp Repellent

Do you struggle with stinging insects around your home? Instead of trying to kill these beneficial insects, why not try to just deter them by using plants for bee and wasp repellent?

plants for bee and wasp repellent

Bees are an incredibly important part of our ecosystem and they definitely deserve to live a peaceful and productive life, but allergies or even phobias can make living with and around them feel like a nuisance, which is why these natural solutions are the perfect choice because they won’t harm you or them in any way, they will just keep them at a safe distance.

The same goes for wasps.

There are plenty of different herbs that act as natural insect repellents. In this article I will introduce you to the ones that can be used to deter bees and wasps from invading your space and repel them in a natural and safe manner.

There are various methods and products available. You could either plant the actual plants that will keep your home and garden wasp and bee free, or you could use or even make your own bug repelling products. Simple solutions such as candles, incense, potpourri or diffusers can do wonders.

Read more:
Essential Oil Wasp Repellent Candle
Essential Oil Wasp Repellent for Your Diffuser


If your only concern is keeping the bugs away from you, not your entire home, you could always DIY a lotion or a body spray containing these herbs and and plants, specifically essential oils extracted from those plants like this Amazing Homemade Wasp Repellent Recipe.

wasp repellent ingredients

There are also other cheap, easy, and quick solutions. You can stick a a few cloves in a couple of lemon or lime slices and you will be free of any bee, wasp, as well as other insect invasions.

lemons with cloves

Or you could simply take a cotton ball and dip it into clove or citronella essential oil.

Top Bee and Wasp Repelling Plants

1. Citronella
Citronella really is one of the best and most effective insect repellents. It’s often found in commercial anti tick and anti mosquito sprays as well as in the form of candles and lotions. It has a strong but very pleasant scent. It has citrusy and grassy notes and is fairly potent.

This plant will deter bees and wasps from coming too close to you, but as an added bonus it smells amazingly fresh, invigorating, and fruity which is a plus if you like that type of a scent.

citronella plant in mason jar

2. Geranium
Geraniums, especially the red varieties are great bee replants. Bees aren’t able to see this color and are put off by the unique scent of this plant. You can enjoy the wonderful blooms of these plants and decorate your garden without worrying that it might attract wasps or bees, in fact it will do the exact opposite.

geranium for wasp deterrent

3. Cloves
Cloves are an amazing, completely non toxic and natural way to keep your life bug free. Wasps and bees dislike the earthy, spicy scent of cloves and avoid it at all costs. You could create your own oil blend using clove essential oil or simply use the actual dried flowers.


4. Cinnamon
Cinnamon is another warm and spicy smelling plant that will keep insects and specifically bees and wasps at bay. You could make your own cinnamon spray or sprinkle cinnamon powder around your plants. Not only will bees avoid those plants, other bugs (especially ants) dislike it as well which is why it’s one of the best insecticides, because it’s completely natural and doesn’t harm humans.


More resources about herbs and plants that repel wasps

Natural Wasp Repellent Tips
wasp repellent

The Best Wasp Repellent Plants
best wasp repellent plants

Essential Oil Wasp Repellent for Your Diffuser
essential oil wasp repellent diffuser recipes

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