Plants That Repel Ticks & Fleas
by Tara Shore
Keep fleas and ticks out of your yard and away from your pets.
Ticks and fleas are not a welcome visitor in any yard, especially if you have pets or children. Short of applying pesticides, however, most people don’t do anything to deter these bugs from entering the yard. They may sometimes assume that if they keep their pets indoors or don’t have pets, the yard is free from worry. This isn’t necessarily true, and you don’t have to use chemicals to keep the pests at bay. Instead, plant vegetation around the yard that naturally repels them, and enjoy your yard year-round
You can add garlic to your garden and deter ticks from entering. Not only will you get rid of the pests, but as a bonus, you can use it in your cooking when it’s grown. You can also crush cloves of garlic up and spread it around the plant beds at the edges of your lawn to keep ticks from coming in. If you spread cloves around, be warned that it is poisonous to cats. Don’t use it if you have one.
Mint is an herb often used in teas and other cooking recipes, but it also works at repelling both ticks and fleas as well as many other insects. Keep some on hand in breathable bags near your patio to protect guests from fleas, ticks, ants and mosquitoes. Grow the herb in between plants to not only give the garden a nice scent but to block your yard so that bugs don’t enter.
To add to your garden’s coloring, provide a lovely smell and keep out both fleas and ticks, grow rosemary. It is an evergreen herb, creating a better year-round protection for your yard. When it is ready, you can dry the leaves and sprinkle them in the grass for added protection.
The fleabane daisy’s name gives away its main function. Although a nice tall flower, which can be worked into your landscaping, the most notable use for this daisy is to repel fleas. As an added benefit, the fleabane daisy also deters ticks, gnats, flies and mosquitoes. The leaves of the flower can be rubbed on your skin or your pet’s fur for added protection.
Chrysanthemums deter both fleas and ticks, as well as add beautiful flowers to your landscaping. Place the flowers randomly around other plants along the edges of your yard to keep pests out. In addition, Chrysanthemums scare off roaches, bedbuds, silverfish, lice and more