Flowers require bees for pollination, but that doesn’t imply we want them in our backyards. Bees and wasps can ruin outdoor time, whether you’re allergic or not. This summer, don’t let sting fear keep you from having fun. Changing your yard might repel bees and wasps and if that fails a local wasp control company is always available to handle it! Below is a list of 10 Plants That Repel Bees & Wasps. Add some to your yard and enjoy the season.

10 Plants That Repel Bees Wasps


This popular summer vegetable repels bees and wasps. Bitter cucumber peels repel bees and wasps.


Using cucumbers in your yard is easy. You can cultivate cucumber plants, which yield snacks and cocktails, or cucumber peels. Cucumbers are tropical veggies that need warm weather and water.


Basil can be used in cooking and to repel pests. Bees and wasps are repelled by the smell of basil in a tomato sauce. Basil needs heat and 6-8 hours of sun to thrive well. The soil must be well-drained to prevent root rot and drowning basil plants.


Red geraniums deter bees because they can’t see the color. These flowers have little to no pollen and a fragrance bees don’t like. Geraniums prefer 4-6 hours of daily light and can be overwintered inside.


Wormwood contains insect-toxic absinthe. Bees and wasps avoid it due to its unpleasant smell. It needs sunny, well-drained soil. Wormwood can destroy adjacent plants.


Mint, a favorite human fragrance, repels stinging insects. Keep a watch on mint plants in shade. Their fast growth can overrun a garden.


This fragrant shrub attracts koalas but not bees and wasps. Eucalyptus grows well in containers or gardens. It requires light either way. Let the eucalyptus plant dry out between waterings.


Like most of these plants, the marigold’s scent keeps insects away. It doesn’t repel honeybees, but wasps avoid it. Marigolds take little care when planted in the ground. Try red geraniums to repel bees.



Citronella’s overwhelming smell can be annoying to wasps and bees as well as mosquitoes. It can be cultivated indoors or outdoors, but loves six hours of sunlight. Citronella needs well-drained soil.



Pennyroyal smells like mint, which bees and wasps hate. This is a 6-12-inch-tall container plant. This easy-to-grow plant needs constant watering to avoid drying out.

Succulents(Pitcher Plants)


These plants are different from the rest. Pitcher plants control bees and wasps, not repel them. Pitcher plants eat insects. The flower’s slippery surface induces insects to fall into a pool of water and drown.

10 Plants That Repel Bees Wasps


This flower demands rainwater or distilled water, not tap, bottled, or filtered water. Mineral buildup in these sorts of water can harm pitcher plants since they get minerals from insects. Pitchers need full sun.


Blue, violet, and yellow are bees’ preferred colors, so avoid planting these in your garden. These colors attract bees. Trumpet-shaped blossoms make it harder for bees to get nectar, discouraging them.

If you have a problem with bees or wasps on your property, contact Preyon Pest Control at (708) 232-7703. Our wasp experts will help you learn about our wasp removals, the Different Types of Wasps You may Encounter This Summer, and what we do to rid them and prevent their recurrence around your home.

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