7 Powerful Plants To Scare Away Flies

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:48 pm

It is entirely possible to combat these undesirables by installing window boxes on windowsills, repellent flower pots on the terrace or beautiful insecticide plantations in the ground in the vegetable garden or the garden around the house. Discover the best plants to chase away flies and stop the invasion without chemicals!

1) True lavender (lavandula angustifolia)


Not surprisingly, like the lavender essential oil that comes from it, this elegant plant obviously helps chase away these bugs! It must be said that it has the knack of fighting various flying insects both indoors and outdoors thanks to its powerful fragrance. In fact, in addition to fighting flies, it also acts as a mosquito repellent and repels wasps and moths.

2) Peppermint (mentha piperita)

7 Powerful Plants To Scare Away Flies

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As pleasant as it is for us, its scent is very much feared by flies. So don’t hesitate to plant peppermint or spray it everywhere to keep flies away. A little advice: we advise you not to plant peppermint in the ground or to reserve a nice space for it. It tends to spread quickly, which is why some people prefer to plant it in pots.

3) Basil


Its aromatic scent is excellent for keeping insects away, especially small invasive flies. You can grow it in the kitchen for quiet cooking or on your terrace to repel insects and limit a fly invasion. The ideal is to cut a little and to crush it to release the essential oils concentrated in the leaves. Then put it in a dish to keep nearby to repel. Among aromatic herbs, rosemary is also excellent for keeping flies away.

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4) Marigold against these little beasts

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Already very popular against mosquitoes, marigold is also one of the plants that keep flies at bay. Indeed, this plant contains pyrethrin, the active ingredient of repellents and insecticide bombs from the supermarket! Nevertheless, planting these colorful flowers on your flowerbeds as well as your window boxes to protect yourself from insects will be much less toxic than these products.

5) Lemongrass

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With citronella essential oil, this plant is commonly associated with mosquitoes when it also knows how to protect you from flies very well. In addition to planting it, you can combine it with castor oil. Just let a few leaves infuse in this oil in the kitchen. You won’t see a single fly!

6) Wormwood


This plant offers an aroma so strong that it repels many insects. And flies are no exception! If you can find a good spot to put your pot and plant your seeds in sandy soil with good sun exposure not far from the entry points, you’ll have a great barrier to keep away any flies that might try to get in!

7) The “fly catching” dionaea (Dionaea Muscipula)

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If this plant appears in this list of plants, it is not so much for its repulsive efficiency, but more to get rid of flies mechanically. Indeed, the Venus Flytrap is carnivorous and will trap flies to then feed on them. Note however that if this plant is useful against insects, it feeds above all on ants. Therefore, think about using traps to get rid of flies faster in case of infestation. Although it is not one of the most effective fly repellent plants, it does have the advantage of being unique!

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Other plants to keep flies away:
The smell of geranium (especially lemon geranium) is unbearable for them. They also hate eucalyptus and you can prepare a decoction of garlic to spray on strategic places. This is one of the most powerful natural solutions to scare away flies! Finally, think of tansy and those beautiful yellow flowers that flies hate.


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