6 Easy-to-Grow Plants that Repel Fleas & Ticks (Safe for Pets)

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Growing pest-repelling plants is just one of many sustainable ways of repelling fleas and ticks from your backyard. Here are six plants to consider in your shortlist.

Tick & Flea-Repelling Plants

Flea and Tick Repelling Plants

Garden Sage
Sage is commonly used as a companion plant to repel annoying pests like fleas via their pungent odor. Sage is a perennial herb that grows well in sandy, loamy soil. It also thrives in full sun conditions. According to the ASPCA, sage is non-toxic to cats and dogs.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 – 8

Rosemary plants also prefer full sun and well-drained soil conditions. They can be grown in containers if you prefer to grow them indoors. Like sage, rosemary also has a strong odor that could repel a number of different pests.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 – 10

Sweet Basil
Basil is a versatile herb that can be used for companion planting purposes. The scent of basil leaves can be noticed from a good distance. They should be grown in locations that receive at least six to eight hours of sunlight.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 – 11

Venus Flytrap
Use nature’s very own death machine to control fleas and ticks. Venus Flytraps are moisture-loving plants that thrive in warm, bug-filled spaces. They will also need direct sunlight to grow strong.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 – 10

Thyme is an easy-growing herb that thrives in full sun and well-drained soil conditions. They are versatile plants. You can grow them along the sidewalk, along a short wall, or in containers.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 – 9

Marigolds are beautiful flowering plants that are reliable under a variety of growing conditions. They could help repel a wide variety of insects including ticks, whiteflies, and bad nematodes via their scented foliage.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 – 10

There are many other plants that can help repel pests like fleas and ticks but should not grown due to their toxicity to cats and dogs. These plants include:

Chrysanthemum: may cause vomiting and diarrhea

Chives: may cause weakness and high heart rate

Lavender: may cause nausea and vomiting

Lemongrass: may cause stomach upsets

Sam at Organic Lesson

is the Founder of Organic Lesson. He started this site to share tips on using natural remedies at home when such options are available.