5 Best Indoor Plants to Repel Insects

Last updated on August 13, 2023

Indoor insects are sometimes some of the most annoying pests of all. You should be free from bugs when you’re inside. Still, sometimes an enterprising Mr. and Mrs. Insect will fly into your house and start a family in the cupboard. Suddenly you’ve got roach roommates, and they’re downright rude.

Still, is it really a solution to repel such insects with chemical options that serve to make the home toxic? A better solution is to use natural repellants, and one of the best involves simple indoor plants that many bugs hate. Following, we’ll briefly cover five plants you can use inside to keep the bugs at bay.

What's Inside

Citronella Plant

You’ve likely encountered citronella in the department store before, sold in the form of oil for a tiki lamp, or something similar. There are also candles, sprays in some places, and you can even use essential oils derived from such plants on your body. 

Growing a citronella plant in your home can give you the opportunity to both harvest amounts of your own essential oil, and keep the air full of an aroma that scares away mosquitoes. Plus, the plants look good.

Venus Flytrap

A venus flytrap loves to eat flies, and it’s a perfectly natural thing for them to do. Plus, you can use this as a teachable moment for your young ones regarding science. Additionally, these plants make for great YouTube video fodder, and they’re slightly exotic.

Sage Bush

Sage bush looks good, it smells good, it’s stylish, and you can burn it to repel certain insects like mosquitoes. Additionally, its aroma acts in a way that serves to repel many unwanted pests around the house.


Lavender is a beautiful flower with a fine and vibrant purple hue so identifiable, the term “lavender” is often interchangeable with the color. In this case, we’re talking about the plant, not the color specifically. This plant gives off an aroma that mosquitoes do not like. Additionally, there are culinary applications to lavender, and it’s aesthetically pleasing.

Also, lavender tends to grow in a way that’s sustainable. You don’t have to have a green thumb to keep lavender going; just water it, and keep it near the light.


Basil leaves have some interesting culinary benefits, and they’re good for your health. Additionally, as with the other items on this list, they are great at repelling certain insects—notably, mosquitoes. Also as with the other entries on this list, basil is aesthetically pleasing, as well as relatively straightforward to maintain.

Keeping the Bugs Away

You’ve got to keep the bugs from your property. In terms of ecosystem, over time, degradation leads to increasing infestation. As the property is kept in ill-repair, its infrastructure crumbles. Insects invade and compound the issue, soon larger creatures come along to make space their home, and eventually, an old property may be consumed in vermin.

This is the natural way of things; if it weren’t the case, rubble would remain rubble, and the earth would never re-absorb it. In places where there’s a lot of foliage, moisture, and sun, the natural reclamation process is faster. In more dry areas, it takes longer. Still, you can naturally prevent this degradation by taking pest-prevention steps.

For insects, keep your home clean, and use plants that naturally repel them. There are plenty of in-house options out there which not only keep the bugs away, but smell nice, look nice, and may even include culinary possibilities. We’ve only listed five here; there are many more. Do some research and find those which best match your preferences, and keep the pests away.

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