How Nature Repels Insects


While cows and horses use their tails to swat at insects as best as they can, plants have a different way to keep insects away: Essential oils. This may sound unbelievable, but understand that essential oils existed inside of plants long before becoming the latest health craze.

Essential Oils & Their Insect-Repelling Plants

There are certain plants that give homeowners more than one benefit, for some this is providing food and beauty, or maybe a lovely scent, for others this means keeping away mosquitoes, flies, and other unwanted pests.


If you know anyone that’s become obsessed with essential oils, then you’ve no doubt heard of the thousand positive applications of lavender oil. Of course, the oil comes from the plant that shares its name, which also provides homeowners with a sweet-smelling pollen that has nearly as much benefit as its essential oil, including repelling flies, moths, and mosquitoes. It should come as no surprise that lavender oil is a major ingredient in our natural fly repellent. If that isn’t enough, the aptly named lavender-colored flowers on the plant aren’t at all bad to look at, giving you even more reason to include a lavender planter or two in your garden or on your patio.


Who doesn’t use basil in some form when seasoning a home-cooked meal? Well, basil also has tremendous pest-resistant qualities. In fact, basil rivals lavender in terms of its multi-purpose utility, although it looks like a fairly standard garden plant. You can keep a planter of basil in a sunny window inside your home for a pleasant smell that deters insects from coming in, provides you with on-hand spices, and looks super cute; alternatively, you could just plant basil amidst your vegetable garden to protect those plants and (according to some) even increase the flavors of vegetables grown nearby.


If you’re imagining the Lemongrass Chicken ordered from your favorite Asian-inspired restaurant, then we like the way you think. Lemongrass may surprise you in terms of its true nature, but perhaps you’ll know it by its essential oil: Citronella. Yes, this common insect-repellent ingredient - a staple of chemical-based repellents - is actually nothing more than the essential oil extracted from lemongrass. The one downside of lemongrass is its size; unlike basil, which can be grown in planters, gardens, and indoors, lemongrass typically grows numerous feet in a single year, up to about 4 feet tall. While the plant is great at repelling insects and tasty in dishes, you’ll probably bite off more than you can chew by planting even one of them.

Many Flowers

The number of flowers that offer anti-pest, pro-insect friend benefits are too numerous to list. In fact, you’d sooner pick a few types of flowers you like, then research whether or not they can grow in your region and if they don’t deter insects than sort through the tremendous stack of those that do in some way or another. Plus, if you needed more reasons to plant flowers, you can help your local bee community and do your part to save the planet! Flowers obviously look amazing in your garden, in a vase in the house, and even offer anti-pest, pro-bee benefits - so what’s not to love?!

Use Our Natural Fly Repellent

At BB’s All Natural, we used the simple concepts found in nature to create a formula that repels flies from horses eyes, people’s skin, and backyards with essential oils and other natural ingredients. Plant some flowers to protect your backyard, but be sure to bring our natural fly repellent with whenever you go out!

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