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Fruits that Can Be Used as Insect Repellents

By Dandy Love

A few fruits can be used as effective insect repellent, as can fruit-bearing trees and herbs. Citrus fruit such as lemons or limes offer some of the best natural repelling qualities.

Citrus Peel

The compound limonene found in the citrus deters insects such as flies, mosquitoes and fleas. To make and effective repellent spray from a lemon, quarter the lemon, cover it with boiling water and let it sit overnight. In the morning, strain the quarters and decant the water into a spray bottle.

Neem Fruit Oil

Neem trees have insect repellent qualities in its fruit, seeds, leaves and bark. The oil pressed from the skin of the fruit and seeds is effective against fleas. Other parts of the tree can produce a broad insect repellent and pesticide. The limonoids in the plant interrupt the feeding and breeding pattern of the insects and eventually kills them.

Other Insect Repelling Plants

Herbs such as citronella, lavender and pennyroyal, and eucalyptus, cedar and Kentucky coffee trees all have insect repelling qualities. Some naturally repel insects, but others need to be reduced to an essential oil form to act as a repellent.


About the Author


Dandy Love has been a writer since 2006 and now writes home and garden articles for various websites. She holds a diploma in the sciences from Waikato University and certificates in landscaping and sustainable gardening. Love is currently studying art and design and small business management through correspondence.