Erik, I can at least answer part of that quesiton, LOL. Several herbs can repel insects and a lot of people have some growing in their gardens. Lavendar, Mint, and lemon balm are just a few. Although I think the lemon balm might not repel bees. Mint repels about any kind of insect if I remember my studies correctly. I even use it on my dog to keep fleas and ticks away. He doens’t much like it when it first goes on though, LOL.