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.
- Camomile – 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.