Plants That Repel Fleas

flea repellent plants

Fleas have been a burden on animals and humans alike since the beginning of time. While there are many manufactured chemicals to repel these distressing pests, a more natural alternative resides among us.

The following is a list of flea-repellent plants you can grow in your yard to help avoid an infestation. *Please note that although these plants are indeed considered flea-repellents, some are or may be toxic to pets, other animals, and humans. Always perform research on any plant you intend to place in your yard or home.

  • Catnip – Also repels cockroaches. A perennial herb. Has an ability to attract domestic North American cats, causing the feline to hallucinate.

  • Lavender – Also repels mosquitoes and moths. Non-toxic to pets.

  • Eucalyptus – A flowering tree of the myrtle family.

  • Pennyroyal – Also known as Fleabane due to its use as a flea repellent for centuries. Was the single most used herb to fight the plague.

  • Rosemary – Also repels mosquitoes and gnats.

  • Peppermint – A hybrid mint, crossed with the watermint and spearmint.

  • Garlic – Also said to repel rabbits and moles.

  • Citronella – Also repels mosquitoes. Similar to Lemmongrass, which is a relation.

  • Chamomile – Annual herb of the daisy family.

  • Sage – A dense, upright bush about 2 to 3 feet in height. It is the largest plant in the mint family.

  • Rue – Widely used in butterfly gardens as a larval plant, this strongly scented evergreen subshrub’s oil can leave blisters on the skin in hot weather.

  • Lemmongrass – Lemon scented. Also repels mosquitoes.

  • Fleawort – A European species with yellow daisy-like flowers. Its seeds are used for medical purposes.

  • Wormwood – An attractive silvery foliage. Its leaves have been used in medicines and such beverages as adsinthe.

  • Sweet Bay – A large aromatic evergreen shrub. Its leaves have been used as the main flavor ingredient in American-style spaghetti sauce.

  • Tansy – A flowering plant with finely divided compound leaves and yellow, button-like flowers.

Many of these plants are most likely familiar to you, at least in passing. You’d probably even recognize most of them if you saw them because nearly all of them are common in many parts of the world. In addition to helping keep your property free of fleas, you can also choose ones that are pretty and smell good, too!

Just a hint: If you’re really interested, you can use some of these to make herbal flea collars, too!

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