Looking to keep pests away? Here are 4 surprisingly pest-repelling plants
Summer heralds the arrival of heat in the Valley—as well as a variety of pests, including moths, flies, crickets, and mosquitoes. These pests are not just a nuisance, they also pose a great health hazard. The pests harbor a lot of different diseases that can be transferred to humans. Therefore, you should not treat the arrival of these uninvited guests lightly. Getting rid of the pests should be your number one priority.
You can eliminate these pests from your home in many ways. Calling in a pest control expert is probably the best way. However, there are different ways you can get rid of the pesky little creatures. For a more green way to remove pests from the house, you should consider placing pest-repellant plants inside or around the house.
1. Venus Flytrap
The Venus Flytrap grows in humid and damp areas. The plant eats insects including flies and mosquitoes. Insects get attracted to the taste sweet smelling sap.
Once the insect settles down, the plant quickly shuts the jaws trapping the insect. You can plant these inside the home to get rid of gnats, black flies, and mosquitoes. The plants can grow to about 6 inches tall.
These plants can be difficult to grow at times, but the results are worth it.
Marigolds do not just improve the landscape—they also repel mosquitoes. The distinct smell of the plant keeps mosquitoes away. You can plant marigolds near entry points such as windows, doors, balconies, and porches.
You can buy a starter plant from your local nursery or plant a seed. An added bonus to gardeners is that the plants prevent insects from preying on tomato plants.
Another great insect repellent plant is lavender. Placing dried lavenders in the wardrobe will prevent moths from dining on your clothes. The plant also repels gnats and mosquitoes.
Apart from repelling insects, the plant also has a lovely smell that is restful and encourages relaxation. You should place the plants near doors, windows, and outdoor entertainment areas.
Herbs can provide dual benefits. They can offer you fresh spices and also keep pests away. Herbs can also be added to dishes to improve their taste. The herbs should be planted outside near the points of entry. Make sure that you plant the herbs in nitrogen rich soil and consider harvesting the plants weekly.
Other pest-repelling plants
The above are just a few of the best pest-repelling plants. You should consider heading to your local plant nursery to find out other options available to prevent pests from making your home their own. If you have pets inside the house, you should remember to ask whether they are safe for them to eat and interact with.
When pest-repelling plants don’t cut it, call KY-KO Pest Prevention
There are some pests, of course, that aren’t going to be deterred by plants in your garden. The Arizona Bark Scorpion, for instance, doesn’t really care about lavender or marigolds. And the cockroach is probably okay with entering your home either way.
For professional pest control services in Arizona, you should contact KY-KO Pest Prevention.
Our licensed and certified pest control experts will make use of the most safe and effective techniques to get rid of pests from your house. We have been serving the area with complete sincerity and integrity for more than a decade.