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Plants for Pest Repellent That Actually Work!
It's summer and the bugs are out! Sure, we've all heard of using cedar for moths and citronella for mosquitoes, but what other natural remedies out there actually WORK? Here is a list of common pests and there all-natural, plant-based repellents. Natural plant-based repellents are safe to use around kids and pets, and can be a handy addition in a flower shop where pesticides can damage flowers.
NATURAL FLEA REPELLENT
It can be impossible to get rid of fleas. If your inside animal gets into them, they're pretty much everywhere, but here are some natural repellents to get fleas under control.
Citrus - for natural flea control. Slice a lemon into 4 pieces. Score the skin to release more essential oil. Pour a cup of boiling water over your lemon and allow to sit overnight. Sponge onto your dog and spritz around your house. Sponge yourself before leaving the house to prevent bites.
Cedar - Cedar and cedar oil are natural flea deterrents. Create sachets or use oil to keep fleas away. Commercially made cedar dog beds are also available.
Fleabane - One of my favorite wildflowers, fleabane is a weed you may want to keep around for flea control. (Pictured right)
Eucalyptus - Use the scent of eucalyptus leavesÂ to repel fleas.
Tansy - a colorful flower to grow in your garden, the tansy also works for flea control.
Lemon Grass or Citronella - also good for mosquitoes, growing this plant will keep your fleas away.
NATURAL MOSQUITO REPELLENT
The south is definitely mosquito country, and the FSN headquarters just so happens to be very near the Rice Capitol of the World. This means we are near many... mannnnny fields of standing water. Which also means mosquito central, we understand the need for this type of pest control!
Rosemary - burning rosemary is a great way to combat mosquitoes. Throw a few springs onto your BBQ grill and enjoy the delicious flavor and a bug free environment!
Sage - works the same as rosemary. (see above)
Marigolds - planting these in your flowerbeds and around your entrances to keep mosquitoes at bay. They don't like the smell.
Thai Citronella - considered more potent against mosquitoes than true citronella.
Other Plant Oils to Consider - Cinnamon Oil, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Rosemary Oil, Garlic Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Cedar Oil, Peppermint Oil, Clove Oil and Geranium Oil.
NATURAL ANT REPELLENT
Ants can be a tough pest to get rid of, they seem to be everywhere!! Try these safe, all-natural repellents and worry no more!
Mint - Ants don't like mint. Place a few springs at their points of entry.
Bitter Cucumber - Ants have a natural aversion to cucumber, bitter works best.
Citrus - spray across their points of entry. You can also soak string in citrus oil and 'rope' off your ants.
Garlic - slip a few pieces of crushed garlic into their crooks and crannies. They will not be going there anymore!
Pepper - black or cayenne will work. Sprinkle near their gathering places to send ants packing!
Cinnamon - works same as pepper. (see above)
NATURAL COCKROACH REPELLENT
Catnip - A natural repellent to cockroaches, catnip can be a lifesaver. Make a sachet of dried catnip and place in the roaches favorite gathering places. You can also boil fresh catnip in hot water to make a tea to spray. Use with caution if you have cats who are highly affected by catnip.
Hedgeapple - The fruit of the Osage orange tree is an amazing repellent to cockroaches. The tree is native to American and grows naturally in Texas and Oklahoma. I have not tried this one, but they say simply setting a hedgeapple in your room is enough to deter roaches for 2 months.
Bay leaves - Bay leaves can easily be tucked into cracks and other tiny hiding places to keep roaches OUT!
Garlic - works the same as bay leaves. (see above)
Cucumbers - works same as bay leaves. (see above)
NATURAL FLY REPELLENT
Mint - the smell of mint is enough to keep flies away. Make small sachets of mint and hide all over your house, for great smell and a fly-free home.
Eucalyptus - works same as mint (see above)
Basil - Not only does it smell amazing and taste great, it naturally keeps flies away. This is a great herb to plant near entrances and in your yard. Sweet basil may work best.
As you can see, there are many plants and natural repellents that can help with the summer bugs and pests. Before you start spraying chemicals around your home, kids and pets, try out some a few of these organic methods. You probably already have most of these plants around your home!
Do you have any natural remedies you know to work? Leave a comment below and we will add it to the list!