Pests are a fact of life. Whether you live in a big mansion or small apartment, it’s almost impossible to avoid insects and other vermin completely. At Frame’s Pest Control, Inc. we offer a range of solutions to treat a range of pest problems. However, for certain pests, there are hacks you can use that will hopefully prevent you from having to deal with an infestation in the first place.
One such hack: plants. As simple as it may sound, one of the best things you can do to avoid unwanted guests is to buy and plant certain types of vegetation that will act as a natural repellant for insects. The best time to put these plants in your garden is winter, so you’ve got a few months before you have to stock up. In the meantime, read on for more about our top five plants that can help protect your home from pests, and remember that you can call our experts at Frame’s Pest Control for helpful tips and tricks year-round.
The Top 5 Plants to Buy to Keep Pests Away from Your Home
- Fennel: If you garden, you probably already know what a pain snails can be. These mollusks (that’s right—snails are not insects!) are strong climbers, and can easily make their way up flowering plants to eat the buds. They also strip bark off young trees, chew holes through leaves, and eat fruit just as it starts to turn ripe. Planting fennel is a great way to keep snails away, in addition to the fact that it’s just nice to have this plant around your kitchen. If there are shaded, wet areas in your garden, it is an especially good idea to put some fennel down, as snails are naturally attracted to these spots.
- Mint: In addition to garden insects such as flies, moths, fleas, and ants, mint is also great at keeping away spiders and mosquitoes. For this reason, it’s not a bad idea to plant mint in your garden but also keep it hanging/growing inside your house. And besides being one of the most popular herbs for a variety of dishes, a single mint plant in the kitchen can go a long way towards keeping away nasty pests.
- Lavender: Everyone loves the rich smell and gorgeous purple color of lavender. But did you know that lavender can also help keep mosquitoes and other flying pests out of your home and yard? The aroma released by this plant, pleasant as it may be to humans, is actually very effective at repelling insects. Plus, plants like lavender and mint not only spruce up your property, they also come in essential oils, which have may also be effective as a natural insect-repellent (in addition to their many other properties.)
- Chrysanthemums: Chrysanthemums are a sensible choice for adding beauty to anyone’s yard or landscaping, but they’re also great for repelling some of the most hated household pests. For instance, on top of warding off fleas and mosquitoes, chrysanthemums have also been known to keep away the dreaded cockroach.
- Marigolds: In many ways, marigolds are the first flower you should plant if you want to keep insects away. In addition to their beautiful name and appearance, these perennials are great for kicking flying insects out of your garden—especially if you like to grow produce. Just plant these flowers in each garden box or vegetable bed, and you can expect a delicious crop when springtime comes around. Granted, due to their color and nutritional benefits, marigolds have been known to attract bees, though this is a tradeoff you will always need to consider when creating a garden.