Fleas and ticks are more than mere bloodsuckers; they can also cause itchy rashes and spread diseases. Protect your home and your family by using plants that naturally repel them.

Indoors

You can protect areas of your home from ticks and fleas by using dried springs of lavender, peppermint or rose geranium. Tuck them inside pet bedding, hang them in windows or add them to bowls of potpourri. Chop up rose geranium leaves, pour a cup of very hot water over them and let them sit for several hours. After the water has cooled, pour it into a spray bottle and use in the doorways of your home to repel fleas and ticks.

Outdoors

Choose plants for your yard that repel ticks and fleas. Pennyroyal is a member of the mint family and repels fleas. Rose geranium plants will deter ticks from entering your yard. Mint plants placed in your garden and around favorite areas for children and pets to play will help keep ticks and fleas away.

Considerations

While pennyroyal is an effective insect repellent, it can cause miscarriages in humans and pets if ingested. Do not use it in your yard if a member of your household is pregnant. When you are outdoors, you can crush the leaves of rose geraniums and mint plants and rub them on your skin to make an all-natural flea and tick repellent.