What Are the Best Outdoor Plants to Repel Flies?

Written by Naomi Meza


Posted on June 30 2023

Nothing ruins a nice, serene moment than the annoying buzz of a fly or the sting of a mosquito on your fragile, tender skin.

Using chemical repellants is a tempting idea to deal with these pesky flies but they are definitely not safe for the environment and can cause long-lasting health effects on you and your loved ones.

If only there was a natural way to repel flies away from your home and surroundings.

Great news, there is a way you can achieve this using plants and plant-based products.


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Importance of Repelling Flies in Outdoor Spaces

Three flies hanging on stick

Flies may be attracted to your space by delicious or even putrid smells.

They can make your outdoor space unusable and contaminate your food since their sanitary habits are lacking.

The last thing you want is a stomach bug or viral infection affecting your whole family.

For these reasons, it is of paramount importance that you work towards terminating their presence.


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What Plants Keep Flies Away the Best?

Basil plant to repel flies

At the top of the list in this category is the basil plant.

It works great for repelling flies and other bugs like whiteflies and asparagus beetles. Other great options include the chamomile and lavender plants.

They repel flies, scorpions, fleas, and mosquitoes. The best part is these plants smell great naturally and make great antifly plants.


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List of Plants That Repel Flies Gnats and Mosquitoes

Flies on pink flowers

Here is the ultimate list of fly-repellant plants you should arm your garden and pots with.

  • Lavender

  • Mint

  • Lemon grass- Repels mosquitoes.

  • Rosemary

  • Sage

  • Lemongrass

  • Citronella

In addition to planting these, you can also substitute some of these plants with essential oils of the same aroma, which will repel flies just the same. 

Our organic essential oils that can repel flies include: 

Simple Organic Bug Repellant Products from Greenway Biotech

Woman spraying bug spray on child in the woods

We get it, not all of us have a green thumb. If the idea of starting a fly-repellant garden doesn't interest you, you can visit our website instead and order our Buzz Away Bug Repellant that is a DEET free insect repellant and uses organic essential oils.

The product contains extracts from rosemary, lavender, lemon eucalyptus, citronella, and tea tree making it the perfect weapon against disease-carrying flies and mosquitoes.


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Lavender Why it Works to Repel Flies and How to Use

Purple lavender plant to repel flies

You can use a lavender plant in its natural state by planting several plants in your garden.

You can also use lavender essential oils in diffusers in your home or directly applied to the skin with a carrier oil.

Only high-quality lavender essential oils will repel flies as well as offer other benefits like a calming effect, and relieving stress and body aches.

You can also mix the essential oils into your favorite cream or lotion for easier application and use.

In fact, some like to mix the essential oils with water and use a spray bottle to cover surfaces around the home and backyard.

Whatever your fly-repellent needs you can count on us for the best quality fly-repellant products.



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