While certain plants, herbs, and flowers may look and smell pretty to humans, such vegetation can be odorous or even harmful to wild animals. If your garden is being ransacked by invasive pests, a variety of common plants can be useful in driving nuisance wildlife away from your residential home.
Common Wild Animal-Repelling Plants
Plants that you could add to your yard to help repel destructive wild animals include:
Planting garlic, leeks, onions, chives, and shallots can help drive away subterranean mammals such as moles and voles. These destructive pests ruin lawns and gardens by burrowing underground tunnels in search of food.
Aromatic flowers, herbs, and plants have been known to repel several species of rodent. For instance, crown imperial flowers give off a musky scent that smells like a fox to squirrels. Oak and bay leaves as well as sweet-smelling marigold, mint, lavender, sweet pea, and amaryllis have been known to repel mice.
The paws of wild animals like rabbits and raccoons are quite sensitive to sharp surfaces. A border of prickly, thorny, sharp, or bumpy vegetation like roses, squash, or oriental poppies can keep such pests out of your vegetable garden.
While the smell of castor beans and daffodils make good rodent repellents, they can be poisonous if swallowed. Be sure they are out of reach from domesticated pets. Ingesting any part of a daffodil can result in severe vomiting, pain, and even death for an animal — including cats and dogs. Castor beans are known to elicit a similar reaction in pets. Should your pet ingest any of the above listed plants or flowers, contact a pet poison hotline immediately.
The Short-Term Effectiveness of Wild Animal-Repelling Plants
While the taste, fragrance, and texture of plants may repel certain pests, it only serves as a temporary solution to your wild animal problem. To put an end to your infestation for good, rely on the services of the professional animal removal specialists at Critter Control® of Orlando.
Permanent Wild Animal Removal Services in Orlando
The experienced wildlife removal technicians at Critter Control® of Orlando will quickly and safely remove nuisance pests from your property and keep them from returning. To schedule your free consultation, call Critter Control® of Orlando at 407-295-7194 today.