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Top 9 Insect Repelling Indoor Plants

Top 9 Insect Repelling Indoor Plants

Shoo bugs away from your home with these effective and easy-to-care insect repelling indoor plants.

Nothing’s the worst than a crawling bug across you. You can already imagine how awful it is. However, there’s good news: insect repelling indoor plants! Not all plants are created equal. Some can absorb noise and sound, but some are great at shooing bugs away. Sure, insecticides are effective, but are they safe for your pets or child? Most likely, the answer’s no. So put down that insect spray and add these insect repelling indoor plants to your home!


Aside from being one of the most popular herbs to growbasil plants are also effective in keeping the insects away from you and your family, specifically flies, because of their intense scent. So if you want flies out of your kitchen, add pots of basil. Don’t worry because it’s safe for your pets and kids!

Basil grows best with at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun every day. Basil likes to stay moist and requires to be watered deeply regularly, but make sure its soil is well-drained.


Catnips are one of the insect repelling indoor plants that your cats would incredibly love! They keep bugs away, including mosquitoes, because of the essential oil that gives its characteristic odor. It’s much stronger and more effective than insect sprays. Give your plant as much sunlight as possible. Keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater it.



Chives are the best sprinkled on a baked potato, but they are also effective in repelling bugs. It grows well under full sun or in partial shade. Keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater it.


Citronella Plant

Also known as the mosquito plant, citronella is one of the most popular insect repelling indoor plants. We also love using citronella oil in oil burners or diffusers. However, keep in mind that you have to crush its leaves to free the citronella fragrance for it to be effective. Citronella prefers and will grow better in a slightly shaded place. Make sure that it receives six to eight hours of sunlight each day. Citronella loves water, so it’s best to water it every day.


Who would thought that this beautiful and fragrant plant can also repel insects? Lavender oil is also effective in killing flies, black beetles, and fleas. Place your lavender where they will receive full sun of at least eight hours each day. Allow the soil to dry out before watering, but avoid letting the soil get so dry that the plant starts to wilt.


If you have a vegetable garden or a windowsill garden, we recommend planting marigolds in between or add pots of marigolds in your windowsill. Marigolds are known to have a distinctive smell that is highly disliked by mosquitoes. Water marigolds when the top inch of the soil is dry. Keep marigolds under full sun.


Rosemary is also one of the insect repelling indoor plants that can scare off bugs. However, for rosemary to be effective in shooing insects away, you must dry it and burn it near enough to the places where bugs usually enter or stay. It grows best in full sun and should at least get six hours of light per day. Keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater it.

Sage Bush

You may have heard that burning sage can drive out negative energy, but did you know that it’s also effective against bugs like mosquitoes? Dry out sage leaves before you burn them. Make sure to place it in spots or spaces where bugs usually enter or stay. Place your sage plant in a sunny window and water only when the soil is dry.

Venus Flytrap

Of course, the Venus flytrap is the most popular insect repelling plant. It requires four hours of direct sunlight and very pure water to thrive. Avoid using tap water since it can kill your plant.

Not only these insect repelling indoor plants help you shoo away bugs, but they can also color and beauty to your home! Check out our Plant Care blog to learn more about different houseplants and tips on how to keep your plants alive and healthy.

Whatever houseplant you choose to transform your home into a lively oasis, you’ll definitely need a stylish planter to display your plant baby in. No matter what your style, there’s an Omysa planter that will be perfect with your garden and home’s décor. From ceramics to fiberstone, check out Omysa’s Shop and add it to your cart!

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