Best Plants for Repelling Ticks and Fleas Naturally

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4. Marigolds

Marigolds are absolutely beautiful flowering plants that are best used in conjunction with other plants. Marigolds are another plant that repels fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. If you have a vegetable garden, plant some marigolds in and around your vegetables. The roots have a compound called thiopenes, and repel cabbage maggots, white flies, aphids, and other bugs. Marigolds are great at protecting tomato plants from those ugly little bugs that suck the juice out of your veggies.

 

5. Citronella Grass

You’ve probably burned candles or tiki candles with citronella oil, but did you know that that oil comes from citronella grass? This is not only a great way to protect your family from fleas and ticks, but from mosquitoes as well. You can plant citronella grass around your garden and in-between other plants such as lavender or feverfew.

As a side note, many people report that citronella grass has a type of calming effect on their dogs, stopping them from excessive barking. Your neighbors might be grateful you planted some if you have a breed that likes to bark. Or you might want to offer that neighbor with the noisy pooch some citronella grass.

 

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6. Catnip

If you own a cat, you can’t go wrong with this one. This is another member of the mint family that is great for repelling fleas and ticks, as well as making your cat super happy. Be careful where you plant this, however, as it will attract outside cats. Which means, don’t plant it anywhere that you don’t cats walking around or rolling around, such as on your prized flowerbeds.

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