Ticks are one of the scariest mites since they choose animals and humans as carriers. These “parasites” carry and can transmit various dangerous infections diseases – such as Lyme disease, when latched on to an animal or human. While they usually hang out in forests and thick, tall grass, they have become more and more common in gardens and green areas in general. However, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways you can ensure these pests gets nowhere near your beautiful garden. An eco-friendly, non-toxic method is to add plenty of plants that not only look good but also are guaranteed to repel ticks from the garden – as well as other pesky insects. So, let’s take a look at what plants can get the job done.
Nobody enjoys pests in their garden, but on the bright side you don’t always need to douse your greenery with pesticides to get rid of them. There are a lot of organic ways of pest control. This being one of them. Planting aromatic and beautiful flowers, may be just one of the best pest control methods out there. So, let’s see what additions to the garden you should make.
Ticks are very tiny and hard to detect
Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
The tansy is one of the most effective plants against ticks. While most of you may perceive this plant just as a weed that grows alongside of the road, more and more gardeners are adding this plant to their gardens. Tansy is one of the best alternatives to chemical pesticides and helps fight off all kinds of fungal diseases as well. Win-win. However, this plant’s main use is for pest control, including ticks. It has a strong smell reminiscent of camphor that is the main repellant against insects such as the tick.
The tansy grows alongside roads
Catnip (Nepeta mussinii)
The catnip plant is famous for its effects on cats. However, did you know it’s an excellent tick repellant? The catnip plant grows around 40cm tall and is a perennial plant. It has flowers similar to that of lavender and blooms from July to September. This aromatic flower’s smell helps deter ticks. Within it’s flowers, this plant has an essential oil that contains neperalactone. Ticks cannot tolerate this compound at all, but cats do enjoy it. This plant is super easy to grow, and it’s an effective protectant against the annoying mites.
Ticks hate catnip, but cats love it
English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
English lavender tends to be taller and more narrow-leaved than regular lavender. This plant is an evergreen plant and is a champion when it comes to repelling ticks and making them feel not even in the slightest at home in your garden. Depending on the variety, you can choose from white, purple or pink glowers. Not only does it look beautiful, but thanks to its aromatic fragrance ticks hate it. Compounds such as linalool, acetate and ocimene can be found in the flower. These compound make the smell horrible to bugs like ticks and mosquitos.
This lavender also comes in pink and white
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Who said rosemary is only amazing in the kitchen? This easy to grow herb is not only great at getting rid of ticks, but it also has valuable healing properties. Thanks to its strong smell, ticks find being around it impossible. Just make sure to put your rosemary in a sunny place and water it regularly.
Rosemary has a strong smell that ticks don’t like
Dalmatian Pellitory (Tanacetum cinerariifolium)
Another great plant to repel ticks from the garden is the dalmation pellitory. This flower is composed of cinerin and pyrethroids. A combination that’s highly toxic to all kinds of insects, including ticks. This flower blooms from June to August and blooms in beautiful white and yellow flower cups. Keep this plant in a sunny spot with plenty of fertile soil.
The dalmatian pellitory looks similar to daisies and chamomile
Bugs and pests from all kinds can be super annoying, from mosquitos and aphids to ticks. But that’s why we’re here to help you get rid of them. These were the best plants to repel ticks from the garden. We hope you found this article helpful. Now you won’t have to worry when you, your kids or your animals step out into the garden that a tick may latch on.