Pest Preventative Plants
Plants are a fantastic natural method of pest control used to keep away certain pests inside and outside of your home. The essential oils derived from plants acts as a repellent to insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, gnats, and flies. At A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc., we are dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive pest control solutions. From preventive maintenance to selecting the right plants for pest deterrent, we have you covered.
Before you decide on what plants to purchase for your home or business, you must first know what insects you are trying to deter. Plants do not solve an existing infestation and do not stop all insects, but matched with other pest control techniques. You should see positive results.
Depending on your circumstances, these specific plants may be better suited than others at repelling pests. Some plants require more maintenance, while others might come in alternative forms, such as essential oils. If you decide to go with the alternative method of essential oils, beware of unregulated products found throughout the internet or shops selling them as pure extracts. Without regulation of this product, you can never know what is actually in it. While there are plenty of reputable companies selling these products, always do your research on the product you use in your home.
There is some confusion when it comes to Citronella. A plant commonly known as the “mosquito plant” has been sold for years as mosquito repellent but studies have proven these claims as false. The “mosquito plant” is a citrus-scented geranium. While Citronella is a Lemongrass, a perennial grass that grows in tight clumps and can grow up to six feet high. This plant is used as a decorative plant mostly but helps in the battle against mosquitoes if used in the right locations and amounts.
According to ancient folklore, petunias ward off monsters and spirits of the underworld from there scent alone. While some insects may appear to be evil monsters from the underworld, they are merely living their lives. Petunias are perennials but need to be indoors in a colder climate, during winter seasons, to help them survive. Beyond being a decorative plant, petunias can help repel against many insects including a wide range of aphids, leafhoppers, tomato worms, and asparagus beetles.
Depending on the species of marigold, you can pick between annual or perennial. This flower can be planted in virtually any type of soil, making it a great addition to any garden. With so many choices of marigolds, make sure to go with a scented species if your goal is to use this plant as a rodent and insect repellent. Scented marigolds can repel many destructive pests, including rabbits, aphids, and mosquitos.
Basil has many interesting properties and uses for repelling and protecting against certain insects. Keeping basil in your arsenal of plants helps chances of preventing other plants from being destroyed by invasive insects. Pairing this plant with others is a considerable proactive measure. By cutting off a few leaves and rubbing them on your self or clothing can be an excellent natural pesticide against mosquitos and other flying insects.
Having stood the test of time, people used lavender throughout history in everything from perfume, disinfectant, to insecticides. There are not many insects that can tolerate lavender. Given its strong scent and decorative appeal, this plant is a must for any garden or home.
With so many options of plants to chose from, be sure to do plenty of research. Whether you are trying to protect your garden from invasive rodents or insects or trying to keep mosquitos away from your outdoor dining area, picking the right plant is crucial to your preventative actions. Call the experts at A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. to learn more about your pest control options.