Herbs to keep wasps away

Updated April 17, 2017

Planting herbs that repel wasps and yellow jackets can be challenging since they feed on small insects that live on most plants and flowers. Since wasps serve this beneficial service, few plants have developed defences or repellent properties to these flying insects. Garlic and chives will repel their main source of food, aphids, and gardeners have a few options of herbs to plant that naturally deter wasps and yellow jackets.

Citronella Grass

Citronella grass is a tropical plant that grows to heights of more than 6 feet, and the essential oil from this herb is a necessity in almost every manufactured insect repellent. Quick to spread across yards, growing enough of this fragrant herb will deter wasps from nesting in your lawn or on your home.

Lemon grass

This natural insecticide is known for its solid reputation of repelling wasps, bees and mosquitoes. Easily grown in containers or throughout a lawn, the tall, narrow leaves of lemon grass offer a sharp lemon fragrance and taste that wasps tend to stay away from. Plant a border around your home or property to keep wasps and other flying insects at bay.


Perhaps the most well-known herbal wasp repellent is wormwood, also known as Artemisia. A fragrant and attractive border plant, wormwood boasts a reputation for repelling many bugs, animals and other pests out of lawns and gardens. Dried wormwood leaves work just as well as fresh plants, so you can repel wasps and other pests all year long with this handy herb.

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