Plants That Naturally Repel Fleas And Ticks
Getting rid of ticks and fleas can be a nightmare for a lot of us. Whether you have small children, dogs or cats or just don’t want your garden full of ticks and fleas, if you look online a lot of people say to use harmful pesticides to get rid of them.
But one way to beat them is prevention and at the same time tackle them naturally by planting some of these herbs and plants that naturally repel ticks and fleas you can enjoy your yard without worrying.
Most insect-repelling plants do so with their naturally occurring fragrances. Not only will these plants keep annoying insects at a minimum, they will also introduce wonderful scents all throughout your garden or patio.
Planting and growing insect repellent plants provide a great opportunity to get out in the garden and plant some plants which are a perfect mix of beauty and functionality.
Some people are skeptical about using plants to repel insects, whilst others are 100% convinced of the insect repelling properties of many garden plants.
If you plant some of the plants listed below, at the very least you’ll be getting some pretty plants that smell beautiful.
If however you are still not convinced by using plants to repel insects then check out this article below and plant them this year…
Plants that help repel mosquitoes:
- Agastache cana (a.k.a. Mosquito Plant)
- Catmint (In a study at Iowa State University, researchers found that the essential oil in catnip, nepetalactone, is 10 times more effective than DEET, the chemical used in most insect repellents)
- Scented geraniums
- Marigolds (an annual that needs to be planted every year)
- Cedronella (a tender perennial that may need to be planted each year)
Plants that help deter ticks:
- Pyrethrum (type of chrysanthemum)
Extra Tip: Cultural Control
Your yard may be inviting ticks to the area without you even knowing it. Ticks prefer shaded areas so keep trees and shrubs trimmed to reduce shade and fill the yard with sunlight. They also like areas where they can hide, so remove leaf litter, debris, trash and wood piles from your yard.
A well-maintained yard that is regularly mowed generally has fewer ticks than yards with high grass.
Wood chips, tree bark and gravel create a border that separates your yard from wooded areas and prevents ticks from migrating into your area.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends making these barriers about 3 feet wide.
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