Wasp Deterrent Plants

While bees are an important part of any garden because they facilitate pollination, wasps can be a nuisance. Wasps pose a threat to people who are allergic to them, and they can make it difficult to get around for pruning and weeding. You can control wasps many different ways, but one of the easiest methods is to simply plant a few wasp-deterring plants.


Also called Artemesia, wormwood is one of the most commonly recommended wasp deterrents. In addition to keeping out wasps, wormwood is also effective in deterring hornets, flies and moths. In order to use this plant effectively as a wasp repellent in your garden, plant it as a border around your garden. If you do not want an entire border made from wormwood, intersperse it with other wasp-deterring plants such as lemon grass and mint.


Herbs are frequently used in companion planting where gardeners plant certain groupings of plants together so they can assist each other in the uptake of nutrients and the repelling of pests. Mint makes an excellent companion plant because its strong scent is effective in deterring wasps. This herb can be grown directly in the garden, but it has a tendency to grow quickly so it may be best to plant it in pots and position them throughout the garden or use them as a border to deter wasps.


Marigolds are frequently planted in gardens as a means of deterring rabbits, but they can also be effective against wasps. Many varieties of marigolds exist and some of them have a stronger scent than others. The more pungent varieties of marigold, such as the African and French varieties, are the most effective in repelling insects. Marigolds are safe to use as companion plants in vegetable gardens and can also be used to add a splash of colour to regular gardens while also keeping wasps away.

Lemon grass

Not only is lemon grass a sweet-smelling addition to the home garden, but it can also be effective in deterring wasps. Lemon grass is an herb that is frequently used to flavour teas and soups, and it is effective as a non-toxic insect repellent. This herb is known to be effective against wasps, so it makes an excellent companion plant in the home garden. To utilise lemon grass as a natural wasp deterrent, put it near plants that are frequented by wasps or use it to create a border around your garden.

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Katherine Barrington has written on a variety of topics, from arts and crafts to pets, health and do-it-yourself projects. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a creative writing concentration from Marietta College.