Pest Control

Published on September 25th, 2014 | by Backyards Made Better

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Are There Really Tick Repellent Plants?



There hasn’t been a lot of research done on ticks and garden plants, which is odd considering how much harm ticks can cause not only pets, but people too.

Wild animals, especially deer, can carry ticks into your yard when they visit a garden for plants they are attracted to.

Ticks can also be carried in the wind from a nearby grassy or wooded area, and they love moist and humid places. Finding just one tick, even on your pet, can give you that creepy feeling that something is crawling up your leg, into your hair.

So rather than go through this form of torture, just know that there really are some plants that could help deter ticks and other pests from coming into your yard or garden.

Lavender, Geraniums, and Lemongrass are a few of the best ones.

Tips to help keep ticks out of your yard

Ticks like to hide in tall grass, so keeping your lawn mowed and tall grasses cut down around the areas where you and your pet like to hang out will help take away a tick’s hiding spot.

Creating a path of cedar chips around areas where your pet spends most of their time will stop ticks from getting in that area. Cedar chips are also good for repelling fleas, but they are toxic to pets, so if you use them, monitor your pet to make sure they aren’t eating any chips.

Planting catnip along the border of a cedar chip path is a perfect place for this plant, because it keeps it away from other garden plants that could be damaged if a cat decides to roll in the catnip. Lemongrass or any other of the above plants are also good border plants.

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