Just as certain trees, bushes, plants and flowers attract birds, bees and butterflies, others can attract the type of insects, rodents and even weeds that do more harm than good. Today we’re going to list some of the worst offenders and how to keep them at bay. Then we’ll list some of the best grasses and plants that will naturally and safely repel these pests.
Problem Plants and Trees
- Number one on the list is anything fruit related. From fruit trees to tomatoes, pumpkins and even cucumbers, since anything that forms a flower and contains seeds is a fruit, will be attractive to mice, rats, voles and moles. It doesn’t matter if you have peach and apple trees or a garden vegetable patch, the smell and sweetness will draw these critters to your yard.
- Not a huge problem here in the Upstate, but palm trees are first on the list when it comes to attracting termites. Next are fruit trees, deciduous trees like oaks and maples, and conifers. Then of course, no list would be complete without including dead or rotting trees and stumps.
- Bamboo is a problem within itself. While bamboo is one of the most sustainable and renewable building resources in the world, once planted it will take over your entire yard, your neighbor’s entire yard, heck, even your entire subdivision if left to its own devices. Bamboo attracts mealy bugs and spider mites due to the sweetness of the leaves, while mosquitos are drawn to the moisture from the stalks.
Plant These Natural Rodent and Pest Repellents
- Several of the most popular herbs are great pest repellents. Not only are they easy to grow, in fact, you could effortlessly cultivate an herb garden in your kitchen. Some of the best selections to combat insects in your outdoor garden are basil, rosemary, oregano, parsley, fennel, and lemon thyme.
- Chrysanthemums or mums are great for repelling ticks, ants, Japanese beetles and fleas, just to name a few. Safe for yards with dogs and cats, mums release Pyrethrin, a neurotoxin that kills both flying and crawling insects. Planting mums adds pops of color to your landscape and then when the flowers die you can easily make your own organic pesticide using the dried petals.
- Both citronella grass and lemon grass are highly effective as natural pest repellents. Easy to grow in the Upstate, both love hot sunny weather, just make sure they get plenty of water. They do well as ornamental potted plants, as walkway borders, or just growing wild as a ground cover.
It’s important to remember one of the best ways to contain rodents and pests is to schedule regular seasonal tree inspections and yearly prunings. Keeping trees free of the 3D’s-dead, damaged and diseased branches can go a long way in making sure your trees are healthy. Plus, it reduces the risk of the damage rats, mice, beetles and termites could potentially do to your home.
Fall will be here before you know it so why not go ahead call Out on a Limb Tree Service to schedule your complementary fall tree inspection? Or you could simply use our secure online form. And remember, Out on a Limb is the Upstate’s 24/7/365 emergency storm cleanup specialist.