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