Are you getting “bugged” by the bugs around your house? Well, you could try using some of these plants in your house and keep the bugs away!


Some people aren’t plant lovers and therefore taking care of plants for them is a hassle. Here are some plants that are rugged and do not need high maintenance but can still do the job of keeping the bugs away. Sounds good doesn’t it? Check out these plants below:

Rosemary – Rosemary is an herb that many of us are very familiar with and their woody scent is exactly what keeps mosquitoes, moths and flies away. It is best as an herb that adds flavor to your dishes, but it also helps keep bugs away.  You can burn a few rosemary leaves in the house or garden to repel mosquitoes.

Mint: This plant is very effective in keeping pests of all sorts away, like mosquitoes, larvae, mites, ants, spiders etc. Mint contains a compound called menthol. This ingredient acts as a natural pesticide and pest-repellent. Mint can be grown in any type of soil and requires sufficient natural light. These plants need to be watered at least once a day.

To use mint as a bug repellent, all you need to do is rub peppermint or spearmint leaves against your bare skin when you are heading outside.

Mother-in-law’s tongue: This plant is quite well-known to be one of the toughest plants to have in your house. It is also called as ‘Sansevieria’ and they come in different varieties. They do require sunlight preferably, but they can also be kept indoors with lesser exposure to light. They do not require to be watered often. By often, it means once in 8 to 10 days! So do not overwater them and just leave them be while you enjoy a bug free home. The bugs stay away from this plant as it has tough leaves.

Tip: If you feel like your plant requires water, the best way to check is by touching the soil. If it seems dry and crumbly, you can water it with just a little water.


I’m sure many homes suffer from the mosquito menace. Trust me, nothing is more annoying than this small creature ruining your whole night’s precious sleep! so all you can do is grow the lemongrass plant in your house and it will do the trick. These plants can be planted in a pot in your balcony garden or even directly into the soil in your outdoor garden. It does require a relatively sunny location. These plants require to be watered just once in two days and they’re good to go. Also, this plant has an added benefit. You can add it to your food like in meat dishes, soups or even into the water while brewing yourself a cup of tea.


These beautiful flowers look most definitely ornamental but are one of the best and most well-known insect-repelling plants. The scent of the marigold is disliked by the bugs, insects, and worms and can keep them at bay. Marigolds can also be beneficial to attract certain insects (like ladybugs) that can attack and kill aphids (the small bugs that can feed on your plants and cause damage to healthy plants).

These plants need to be watered only when the uppermost layer of the soil they are planted in turn dry and crumbly. But when you do water them, then see that you water them sufficiently aiming at the base of the plant. Do not over-water.

Bee balm – Bee balm is a versatile perennial garden favorite and is a popular herb widely used in traditional herbal medicine. When bee balm’s leaves are crushed and applied to the skin, they release a scent that helps repel mosquitoes. 

Carnivores plants:

Well, you most definitely read that right! There are many species of carnivorous plants all around the world. These plants can keep bugs away by feeding on them. Here are some of them –

  • Pitcher plant: These plants have prey-trapping modified leaves.
  • Venus fly trap: These plants have leaves that can trap the insect shut between them.
  • Cobra Lily: These plants use nectar to lure insects into their pitcher traps.
  • Sundews: Commonly known as drosera, these plants can attract bugs by the raindrop-looking substances on their leaves, which aren’t water droplets, but sticky glue-like substances that trap the insects.


Basil is another herb that has a pungent smell that can help repel insects. These plants require sufficient sunlight and good soil to grow well but can be grown directly in outdoor soil or even in pots in your balcony garden. These plants do require to be watered often. Adding to its insect-repelling benefits, it can also be a useful herb in your kitchen.

Just rub the lavender flower or basil leaves behind your ears, wrist, and knee, around the ankle and on the neck. This is the simplest and easiest way to keep bugs and mosquitoes away. Not only will it keep bugs away but it will make you smell fresh and good.

So you can consider growing some of these plants at home and keep bugs away.

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