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Can Plants Repel Wild Animals?While certain plants, herbs, and flowers may look and smell pretty to humans, those same types of vegetation can be odorous or even harmful to wild animals. If your garden is being ransacked by invasive pests, such plants can be useful in driving nuisance wildlife away from your residential home. Here are a few types of plants that you could add to your yard to help repel destructive wild animals.

Animal-Repelling Allium Plants

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.

Animal-Repelling Aromatic Plants

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.

Animal-Repelling Prickly Plants

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.

Animal-Repelling Poisonous Plants

While the smell of castor beans and daffodils make good rodent repellants, 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 a harmful plant or flower, contact a pet poison hotline.

Short-Term Wild Animal Repellants

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, rely on the services of professional animal removal specialists.

Permanent Wild Animal Solutions

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.


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