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15 Best Wasp Repellent Plants

Here are the best wasp repellent plants to include in your landscaping that are gorgeous and also keep those nasty wasps away without toxic chemicals. With kids and pets, here are some effective Natural Wasp Repellent Tips!

best wasp repellent plants

The Best Wasp Repellent Plants

Gardens are pleasant places to unwind with family or enjoy the fresh, beautiful flowers and herbs in the kitchen garden. A few honey bees here and there are harmless but it can easily escalate to several paper wasps and hornets. Many people develop an allergic reaction from wasp stings or other insect bites.

Such a scenario can quickly become dangerous as some people are allergic to wasps sting and, as for hornets, their sting can end up being fatal due to their large size.

So how do you keep your garden free from wasps and hornets? Fortunately, there are natural ways in which you can keep the wasps away without using pesticides. Read below as we get to discuss plants that you can grow within your garden and keep the pests away.

There are quite a few aromatic plants that will repel wasps because of their aroma or because other insects that wasps feed on are deterred. Using plants to deter wasps are amazing natural wasp repellents as they are healthier for your family and the environment than using chemicals and toxic sprays.

I’ve mentioned before how we actually do need wasps, as mean as they are. They eat pests that munch on our crops when no other bug will. I’d much rather have wasps do the job than pesticides, don’t you agree? But we sure don’t want the wasps flying around when we are eating outside or playing with our kids. They are especially scary for those allergic to wasps.

What Plants Repel Wasps and Bees?

Wasps are attracted to certain kinds of plants, so keeping these plants out of your yard is a good way to keep these insects away. Some plants that repel wasps and yellow jackets are those that are very aromatic as described below.

Unlike bees, wasps can sting repeatedly.

For plants and flowers, wasps are beneficial insects that aid in pollination. Wasps also feed on insects that harm plants. Since they protect our crops, make ecosystems thrive, sustain fruit and flowers, and might help us fight disease, wasps are actually beneficial and crucial to this world but that doesn’t mean we have to welcome them into our yards!

Wasps are attracted to certain kinds of plants, so keeping these plants out of your yard is a good way to keep these insects away. Some plants that repel wasps and yellow jackets are those that are very aromatic as described below.

wormwood as wasp repellent

Wormwood Herb as a Wasp Repellent

Wormwood contains absinthe, a substance that is toxic to insects. Its pungent scent alerts bees and wasps of the potential danger so they usually stay away. Wormwood has silvery green leaves and has a pale yellow flower and is easy to incorporate into any flower bed.

Wormwood is an herb and the above-ground plant parts and oil are used for medicine. Wormwood is used for various digestion problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, gall bladder disease, and intestinal spasms.

Wormwood is a Healing Herb
Besides repelling wasps, wormwood is an amazing herb that is known to help heal cancer! It can also be used to treat anorexia, insomnia, anemia, a lack of appetite, flatulence, stomach aches, jaundice and indigestion. So it has so many benefits you can’t go wrong growing this herb.

To make wormwood tea, steep 1 tsp of dried wormwood herb (let it dry upside down) in boiling water for 5-15 minutes.


spearmint plants that repel wasps

Spearmint to Keep Wasps Away

According to Jordan Foster, a certified pest technician for 10 years at Fantastic Pest Control in UK, “[mint] is one of the most known plants that repels almost any insect and bug including wasps. The reason behind this is because mint vapors a strong scent which is not appreciated by the wasps. You can plant the mint in pots and leave them in your garden close to your home.”

This is one of my favorite wasp repellent plants that repel wasps because it smells good and it’s so easy to grow. But be advised to grow it away from other plants or grow it in a pot due to its invasive, spreading rhizomes.

You can also dig a hole in the ground and put the pot with the bottom cut out in the ground to keep the herb from spreading.

Spearmint prefers partial shade, but can flourish in full sun to mostly shade with well-draining, rich, moist soil and a pH of 6.5 to 7. Mint is easiest to grow from plants, but you can sow seed once the ground has warmed in the spring.

Also effective is this Homemade Wasp Repellent Spray using essential oils to prevent wasp stings when playing in the yard or hiking in the woods. It’s proven effective by a 2013 study in the Journal of Pest Management Science.

Read about using peppermint oil to keep wasps away.


thyme for wasp repellent

Wasps Hate Thyme

Thyme is a perennial that pretty much grows itself and one of the best wasp deterrent plants. In fact, the more you fuss with it, the less hardy it will be. Thyme is most fragrant and flavorful when grown in dry, lean soil in full sun.

Too much moisture will rot the plants. Allow soil to go completely dry between watering, then soak thoroughly.

Thyme is an evergreen shrub that has been used in medicinal and culinary applications for thousands of years. Thyme can relieve stress, reduce respiratory issues, improve heart health, boost the strength of the immune system, protect against chronic diseases, stimulate blood flow, and prevent fungal infections.


eucalyptus plant for wasp repellent

Eucalyptus

Plant eucalyptus in mid to late spring or fall, depending on your location and climate. Be sure to water the tree both before and after planting. Dig the hole slightly larger than the root ball, and take care with the tree’s roots during planting, as they do not like being disturbed.

There’s no need to spread out the roots while planting, as this could damage their sensitive root system. Back fill the area and lightly tamp the soil to remove any air pockets.

Eucalyptus is an effective insect repellent and insecticide. In 1948, the United States officially registered eucalyptus oil as an insecticide and miticide, for killing mites and ticks.

Oil of lemon eucalyptus is recommended by some as an insect repellant; it is effective at keeping mosquitoes away.


lemongrass for wasp repellent

Lemongrass

Lemongrass has natural insecticidal properties which causes it to repel mosquitoes and wasps, who hate the smell.

Lemongrass will need a lot of nitrogen, so you should fertilize at least monthly with either a standard or high-nitrogen formula. Water your plant regularly and don’t let it completely dry out, especially when the weather is very hot.

Once your plant gets to 3 feet or so in height, you may want to keep the tops of the leaves cut down even more than what you are taking for an actual harvest. This can help keep the size of the plant down.

While inside, a lemongrass plant needs as much sun as you can offer with a minimum of 6 hours a day. It may thrive as an indoor-only plant but you won’t get as many stalks from it.


Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal features rounded, bushy, purple flowers and small oval-shaped leaves running down brown stems. It deters wasps, chiggers, mosquitoes, fleas and ticks – it’s by far one of the best natural wasp repellent plants.

Pennyroyal can be propagated from seed, cuttings or spring division. The seed needs light to germinate but grows quickly once it sprouts. Plant them in prepared seed beds outside after all danger of frost. Sow the seed on the surface of the soil and mist the bed to moisten it.

Keep it moist and germination should occur in two weeks. European pennyroyal makes a wonderful trailing plant when grown in a hanging basket or at the edges of mixed color containers. American pennyroyal can be grown indoors in troughs or outside in the kitchen garden.

You can actually rub fresh leaves on your skin for a natural insect repellent! If you already have mosquito bites, pennyroyal leaves can be rubbed onto the bites to relieve the itch!