Turn Your Garden into a House Pest Defense System

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Macro shot of wild camomiles over whiteA few years ago, a game called Plants versus Zombies made waves among computer owners all over the world.  The game is about protecting your home from hordes of zombies by planting plants, which have various weapons against the undead. What most people did not know is that plants can actually be used as defense against hordes of creatures, which are second only to zombies in destructiveness—house pests.  Yes, there are many plants with repellent properties against specific critters and you can use them as home defense against a pest invasion.


Chrysanthemum plants have one of the most beautiful flowers in the world, but many people do not know that they are very effective repellent against roaches, ants, the Japanese beetle, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, and root-knot nematodes. The secret of Chrysanthemum’s anti-pest power is the chemical Pyrethrin, which repels if not actually kills insects.  Pyrethrin is found in the chrysanthemum’s flower—it’s a real flower power.


Who doesn’t love chamomile? This plant is one of nature’s greatest gifts because it’s beautiful and it has a sweet scent. In fact, chamomile’s scent is known for its relaxing properties and is used in many cosmetics and cleaning products. However, that sweet chamomile scent has an opposite effect on flying insects—they hate that scent and would not go anywhere near a chamomile plant.  The best thing about chamomile is you can plant it inside the house in pots.


You may not be familiar with this plant, but it is awesome for your garden because it repels insects like ants and mosquitoes and even a small mammal like mice. Artemisia grows easily so you would have no problem planting some in your garden.  You can also plant it around your house to fortify it against ants and mice. Artemisia is named after the Greek goddess Artemis.


Yes catnips are as abhorred by insects as it is loved by cats.  Planting catnips in your garden or around the house will repel many insects from trying to invade your home. Some of the insects that can’t tolerate catnips are repels ants, flea beetles, aphids and cockroaches. But wait, there’s more! Aside from catnip’s repellant property against dangerous pests, it also attracts a beneficial insect called lacewings, which feast on mites.  Finally, your cat would be very happy if you plant catnips.


If you have a vegetable garden, you should plant spearmint too. This gift of nature has many therapeutic properties. It is also good as a flavoring because of its minty taste.  Pest control-wise, another great importance of spearmint is its ability to repel fleas, moths, ants, beetles and rodents.

You can fortify your home and protect it from house pests by knowing what to plant. However, if your home is already infested by insects and other pests, you should call a pest control company right away before the situation goes out of hand.

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