Herbs to keep wasps away

Written by melissa sherrard | 13/05/2017
Herbs to keep wasps away
Don't plant anise in your garden, as the strong liquorice taste and scent attracts wasps. and yellow jackets. (wasp image by Henryk Olszewski from Fotolia.com)

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

Herbs to keep wasps away
Essential oil from citronella is the main ingredient in insect repellent sprays, candles and lotions. (Citronella Candle image by Daniel Gillies from Fotolia.com)

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

Herbs to keep wasps away
Lemon grass acts similar to wormwood as a natural insecticide. (wasp image by Clarence Alford from Fotolia.com)

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.


Herbs to keep wasps away
"Wear a sprig of wormwood behind your ear and no wasp will come anywhere near." (Alexander Hill near Pereslavl image by Nata from Fotolia.com)

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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