Plants that Naturally Repel Bees and Wasps

September 14, 2017

Plants that Naturally Repel Bees and Wasps

Bees are necessary for pollination. We need bees to help grow our fruits, vegetables, royal jelly, and honey. In fact, cross-pollination accounts for 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of our wild plants!

That said, it’s not fun to see bees and wasps flying around our homes where our children play and our pets run around. Getting stung isn’t pleasant, and for some individuals, it can be life-threatening. Fortunately, there are humane ways to reduce bee and wasp populations. One of the best ways is to be strategic in the types of plants and bushes you plant.

Let’s explore some of the best plants that can be added to your yard to reduce stinging insects.


Spearmint is best grown in pots because it can spread aggressively. However, if you need your ground covered, one or two of these plants will do the trick. Spearmint does best in partial shade and is relatively easy to care for. It also smells like mint! If you tear off a leaf and rub it in your hands, it will smell lovely!


Thyme works best when planted in a hot, sunny location. People usually plant it in the spring because it grows well as a perennial. The nice thing about thyme is that you can place it just about anywhere, such as in between steps and walkways. Aside from light pruning, thyme is easy to care for and can help keep the bees away.


Eucalyptus bushes are available for planting in your backyard, so you aren’t limited to trees only. These plants like a lot of sunlight, so you can plant them in either indirect or direct light. With over 280 species to choose from, you should have no problem finding a eucalyptus plant that you like! The eucalyptus oil is what helps keep the bees away.


Wormwood, or Sweet Annie, is another option for deterring bees and wasps from your yard. Like thyme, wormwood is usually planted in the spring and does well in a bright, sunny location. The plant doesn’t like getting too wet, so well-drained soil is best. Plant it around the border of your garden or walkways for the best effect, but be careful to maintain it because wormwood can be considered intrusive.

Planting the above herbs or bushes won’t take care of a bee problem entirely, but it can be helpful, especially if you plant something like spearmint instead of lavender or calendula (both bee-friendly). However, if your yard has a big problem with bees, don’t risk getting stung. Call Heritage Pest Control and let us take care of the issue quickly, safely, and humanely.