As the weather starts to change in many parts of the country, gardeners are starting to think about the things that they will soon be planting outside in their yards. If you are like most gardeners, you are attracted to plants that look pretty, but did you know your plants can look good and provide you with other benefits such as pest control? There are many plants on the market that can do just that. They will help to protect your yard and home from certain pesky invaders all summer long.
Keep Mosquitoes From Ruining Your Summer
Mosquitoes can be a nuisance all summer long, but they are usually extremely bad at dusk when the females are feeding. What many people do not realize is that by planting certain plants in their flower beds, they can help to eliminate the places that the mosquitoes rest and hide throughout the day. If they are less likely to reside in your yard during the day, you will have less of a chance of experiencing their bite at night.
Some pretty plants that you may want to plant in your garden to achieve this purpose are:
- Chamomile - This daisy look alike is not only pretty, but has many medicinal properties. Depending on how it is prepared it can help to soothe everything from hay fever to hemorrhoids. The same medical properties that it contains also make it unattractive to mosquitoes and other flying insects.
- Lantana Camara/Lantana Ukambensis - Available in a wide variety of colors, this hardy ornamental plant provides food and nectar to the beneficial birds and butterflies that you want to attract to your garden. On the other hand it has proven to be a natural repellent to the mosquitoes. Some gardeners do not like this plant because if it is not managed, it has been known to become invasive.
You may also want to consider planting chamomile, citrosa, fever tea, lavender, and marigolds. Many different types of common herbs also act as a natural mosquito repellent.
Keep Ticks And Fleas From Invading Your Home
If you have pets, you may want to consider planting flowers that will help you keep fleas and ticks out of your yard. Before you plant, you will always want to check to ensure that the plants are safe for your pet to be around. Here are a few to consider:
- Chrysanthemums - This beautiful family of flowers will give you flowers that come in a wide variety of colors, as well as sizes. These blooms can last all summer long. Along with a beautiful display, they are also known to repel ticks, lice, fleas, ants, and roaches. Not only will this plant provide you with natural insect repellent, but if grown in your home, the species is also known to help clean the air.
- Lavender - If you are like most gardeners, you already know that this small purple flowering plant produces many benefits even long after it adds color to the garden. It can be eaten, brewed in teas, or made into a fragrant oil. What you may not know is that is a natural repellent against fleas, flies, mosquitoes, and moths.
You may also want to consider rosemary, lemon grass, and sage. These are other plants that will keep ticks and fleas out of your yard, while being safe for your pets to be around.
Pest Control Services Can Help You To Achieve Your Goal
Sometimes even after planting preventive species in your yard to keep various pests from invading your yard and home, you may still experience a problem with certain types of pests such as ants. These can often be much harder to eradicate and will often come back if the original colony is not located and destroyed.
With this pest, and any others, contact your local pest control service, and they will be able to assess your situation. They will be able to target the particular pest you are having problems with, and provide the means to get rid of it.