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Plants & Flowers That Repel Roaches

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Cockroaches are a common household pest that's difficult to get rid of. Traditional methods of roach control often involve toxic pesticides. However, in homes with young children or pets, these techniques may not be appropriate. Some natural remedies

Plants & Flowers That Repel Roaches

Cockroaches are a common household pest that's difficult to get rid of. Traditional methods of roach control often involve toxic pesticides. However, in homes with young children or pets, these techniques may not be appropriate. Some natural remedies derived from plants and flowers also work to repel roaches. While no plant or plant extract can replace good home hygiene, regular cleaning and eliminating food sources, they may help discourage a roach infestation.

Catnip

According to Science Daily, placing catnip around the house can discourage roaches. Two forms of a chemical called nepetalactone, which are found in the catnip plant, may repel cockroaches. When given a choice between a surface treated with catnip oils and one which was untreated, German cockroaches preferred the untreated surface, and spent more time there. According to Iowa State University, roaches will actually walk away from the treated surface. Catnip is a non-toxic, aromatic herb in the mint family, and is relatively simple to grow at home.

Osage Orange

Another plant, osage orange, was also studied at Iowa State University. Osage orange is a tree native to North America, and is sometimes called the hedge apple. It has a long folk history of use as an insect repellent. Three compounds in osage orange oil have been identified as repellent to cockroaches. These trees are relatively common in the American Midwest, and produce a large, wrinkled, inedible fruit which eventually turns bright yellow or orange. According to the Great Plains Nature Center, the tree is easily grown from seed. The oil in crushed osage orange fruit may work as a home cockroach repellent.

Bay Leaves

The leaves of the bay laurel or sweet laurel are commonly used in cooking, but they may also have cockroach-repellent properties. Bay leaves contain a number of essential oils, including terpenes and eucalyptol, an ingredient in some insecticides and insect repellents. According to Herbs 2000, this plant is traditionally used to repel insects from silos and other food storage areas. Aerias Air Quality Sciences suggests placing bay leaves in all cabinets, the pantry and on shelves to repel these insects. Fresh bay leaves tend to contain more essential oils than the dry variety, but dry leaves may be used if fresh ones are not available.

Plants & Flowers That Repel Roaches

Plants & Flowers That Repel Roaches

Category:HobbiesRelease time:2013-02-07Views:130

Cockroaches are a common household pest that's difficult to get rid of. Traditional methods of roach control often involve toxic pesticides. However, in homes with young children or pets, these techniques may not be appropriate. Some natural remedies[More]

Plants & Flowers That Repel Mosquitoes

Plants & Flowers That Repel Mosquitoes

Category:HomeRelease time:2013-06-01Views:130

With an increased global awareness of various chemicals' effects on the environment and personal health, many people are looking for alternatives to using insect-repellent sprays. An effective yet organic option for repelling mosquitoes is to utilise[More]

Plants & flowers that rabbits will not eat

Plants & flowers that rabbits will not eat

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-12-15Views:130

There are some plants and flowers that rabbits do not find appealing. If rabbits raid your garden, you know they do considerable damage to your vegetables and flowers. There are a few ways you can protect your plants by planting undesirable species.[More]

Plants & flowers that keep wasps & bees away

Plants & flowers that keep wasps & bees away

Category:HomeRelease time:2013-06-25Views:130

Bees are necessary to plants because of their pollination duties, while wasps are beneficial to a garden as they feed on pest insects. Neither bees nor wasps are repelled by most flowers and plants for these reasons. However, several herb varieties a[More]

How to Plant Flowers that Rabbits Do Not Like

How to Plant Flowers that Rabbits Do Not Like

Category:HomeRelease time:2014-04-20Views:130

If you live in the country, near wooded areas or even in the city, rabbits can be a problem in your yard and garden. If rabbits are a problem, you probably have something yummy for them to eat in your garden. As you're outnumbered, it's not likely th[More]

How to Plant Flowers That Rabbits & Deer Won't Eat

How to Plant Flowers That Rabbits & Deer Won't Eat

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-04-07Views:130

Rabbits and deer can be a gardener's worst nightmare. Animals you once considered to be cute and cuddly can sprout fangs and claws in your mind's eye once you see the absolute chaos they can wreak on the flowers and plants in your garden. Luckily, th[More]

Plants & flowers that can survive frost

Plants & flowers that can survive frost

Category:HomeRelease time:2014-03-15Views:130

If you live in a region that gets cold in the fall and winter, carefully consider which flowering plants you put into your garden. Some plants can survive frost, making them better choices if you live and have a garden in New England, the mid-Atlanti[More]

Flowers That Keep Away Bugs

Category:HomeRelease time:2013-07-11Views:130

Planting flowers that repel insects can be a lovely and natural way to keep a healthy lawn and garden. Certain blooms use their scent to repel specific kinds of insect pests, like aphids, mosquitoes and beetles. Organic gardeners often plant flowers[More]

Flowers that intimidate wasps

Flowers that intimidate wasps

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Many gardeners struggle to keep the wasp population in their gardens under control. Flowering plants and herbs like rhododendrons, Queen Anne's lace and even rosemary can attract hordes of wasps, which makes it difficult to perform basic maintenance[More]

Flowers & plants that repel gophers

Flowers & plants that repel gophers

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Instead of harsh pesticides and lethal traps, some people turn to nature to repel gophers from their gardens. Although there is no definitive scientific evidence that plants successfully repel gophers, some gardeners have claimed limited success. The[More]

Plants that repel cats and dogs

Plants that repel cats and dogs

Category:HealthRelease time:2012-05-30Views:130

Dogs and particularly cats can destroy a planted garden area in your landscape, not only using the soft, moist soil to deposit their waste, but frequently by lounging among and on top of plants. Repellent sprays are expensive, and fencing the area is[More]

Plants That Repel Spiders

Plants That Repel Spiders

Category:HomeRelease time:2013-10-29Views:130

Plants that repel spiders are referred to as "companion plants." They are so-called because of their properties to repel spiders from the soil, leaves and flowers of plants while simultaneously serving their vegetation purpose. Some dispel the repell[More]

Plants that repel mice

Plants that repel mice

Category:HomeRelease time:2014-04-24Views:130

Garden mice aren't anything like the friendly, singing, animated rodents that Disney creates on the big screen. Real mice aren't cute, and they don't wear tiny people clothes. Mice are voracious eaters and fast diggers that damage garden areas in the[More]

Plants or Flowers That Can Grow in Pebbles

Plants or Flowers That Can Grow in Pebbles

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-03-10Views:130

Pebbles can provide an excellent growing medium for particular plants. Fill a glass vase with pebbles to grow some of your favourite spring bulbs indoors during the coldest winter months. You can add live green plants to the pebbles in your aquarium[More]

What Colorful Flowers Can I Plant Outside That Rabbits Don't Eat?

What Colorful Flowers Can I Plant Outside That Rabbits Don't Eat?

Category:HomeRelease time:2012-11-22Views:130

Most gardeners know how challenging it can be to keep rabbits away from their flowers. Hungry rabbits dine on blooms of several flower varieties. Yet rabbits know to avoid certain flowers because they make them ill. It’s these types of flowers that y[More]

Plants that repel bees & wasps

Plants that repel bees & wasps

Category:HobbiesRelease time:2014-09-14Views:130

It is difficult to find information on plants that repel bees and wasps and even harder to find any proof that they work. The reason for this is because bees are pollinators of plants and wasps eat many insects that would otherwise damage the plants.[More]

Plants That Repel Termites

Plants That Repel Termites

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In the United States, termites cause five billion dollars of damage to homes and other wooden structures a year, according to the National Pest Management Association. You can prevent the prolific colonies from invading your dwelling in several ways.[More]

The flowers that wasps do not like

The flowers that wasps do not like

Category:HomeRelease time:2013-03-22Views:130

Wasps and other such stinging insects can be an annoyance to home and property owners when the little pests nest in their places of residence or business. Exterminators can be a costly alternative, leading some to solve their wasp problem by planting[More]

Fresh Cut Flowers That Stink

Fresh Cut Flowers That Stink

Category:HomeRelease time:2013-04-10Views:130

Fresh cut flowers are usually one of life’s great pleasures. With their kaleidoscopic array of colours, varied sizes, dynamic shapes and generally pleasing odours, they delight the senses while lending a sense of beauty and freshness to any environme[More]

Flowers That Are in Season in September

Flowers That Are in Season in September

Category:HealthRelease time:2014-02-25Views:130

Some flower varieties are available year round: roses, carnations, lilies, daisies and orchids. However, most flowers are seasonal and only bloom during specific times of the year. If it is September, and you are planting flowers in your garden or pu[More]

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