Alternative Earthcare Highlights 3 Tick Repelling Plants That Long Island Residents Should Keep on Their Property
Long Island, N. Y. February 5, 2018
With expanding tick populations and widespread tick-borne illness, Long Island residents should have a game plan for tick control on their properties. All property owners should ensure that their properties are treated throughout the active tick season with horticulture sprays and non-liquid methods of tick control as well. By combining sprays and professional treatments with some easy best practices that homeowners can do on their own, residents can be proactive in protecting themselves, their family, and their friends from these dangerous pests. Alternative Earthcare highlights three tick repelling plants that Long Island residents should keep on their property.
- Members of the mint family. Catnip, sage, peppermint, and spearmint are all known to repel ticks and are all also pet safe. Plant mints within containers to keep them from spreading out too much and into each other. Place these aromatic plants around property borders and within gardens. Keeping clusters near areas that are natural tick habitats, such as areas of ground cover, ivy, wooded areas, and brush, can help to deter ticks from populating. These plants can also be dried and sprinkled around the house or pet bedding to keep the ticks away.
- Lavender is another pet-safe and aromatic plant that is as pleasing to people as it is a deterrent to ticks. Another benefit to planting lavender around the property is that it repels mosquitoes, fleas, and moths as well. There are several varieties of lavender, with different bloom times and scents, all of which are low maintenance and provide protection from tick bites. In addition to the perimeters of the property, plant a few in containers to keep near decks, patios, and pools to provide extra protection for people and pets where the most time is spent.
- Beautyberry is thought to be as effective as DEET for repelling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. Plant beautyberry in moist partially shaded areas. Keeping repelling plants by property borders will help to deter ticks from migrating into the property to begin with. For years, beautyberry has been used as a natural insect repellent. The active ingredients found in the leaves, callicarpenal and intermedeol, have been proven to repel deer ticks for three hours when rubbed on the skin.