One of the great things about gardening is that in some ways your garden can take care of itself. We aren’t saying you should abandon your garden chores completely, but there are few things you can do to make landscaping a little easier. One of those things is selecting plants that will naturally help with pest control.
Certain plants are either an invitation for beneficial insects or a repellent to harmful ones. You might be wondering how any pest can be considered beneficial to your garden. Some insects, like ladybugs and praying mantis, prey on other pests that cause damage in the garden. Using plants for pest control won’t cure a pest infestation, but it will definitely help you keep unwanted visitors out of your garden.
Catnip – That’s right! Catnip repels just about anything (except cats, of course), and is used to fend off beetles, aphids, Japanese beetles, squash bugs, and ants. You can even place catnip strategically around your home to prevent ants from entering the home.
Petunias – Many homeowners love adding petunias to their gardens for their simplicity and pops of color. They’re also a natural pest repellent! Plan petunias to keep away insects like aphids, tomato worms, asparagus beetles and leafhoppers.
Lavender – Ah, the fresh scent of lavender! It’s delicate blue blooms! More than just a pretty flower, lavender keeps gardens healthy by scaring off fleas and moths.
Marigolds – The marigold is perhaps the most well-known plant for aiding in pest control. While french marigolds repel flies and nematodes, Mexican marigolds drive away a host of insects as well as wild rabbits.
Chrysanthemums – More commonly known as “mums,” this plant is wildly popular when it comes to keeping pests out of the garden. From cockroaches, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, and even bed bugs, chrysanthemums are a must have for a pest-free garden.
There you have it! You’re one step closer to a pest-free garden. While certain types of plants will help keep pests at bay, the best way to control pests is from the help of a Chicago pest control service. Give us a call to find out more about our spring and summer pest control services!