Prepping for Pests – Plants to Protect Your Family and Pets
Here’s why you need to be prepping for pests. Insect borne diseases such as Lyme Disease, West Nile and now Zika, are growing and spreading across the US.
Live Science reports that Lyme disease is now reported in 50% of US counties.
“What we saw was a pretty substantial expansion in the northeastern U.S. in the north central states,” Rebecca J. Eisen, lead author of the study and a research biologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Live Science. The ticks are also expanding farther west and east, she said.”
And the number of cases is skyrocketing.
“And Lyme cases have been on the rise as well. In 1991, about 10,000 Lyme disease cases were reported in the U.S., but in 2014, more than 33,000 Lyme cases were tallied, according to the CDC.”
The Center For Disease Control (CDC) reports that West Nile Virus is now reported in all 48 contiguous states; only Alaska and Hawaii have not reported any cases.
“West Nile virus disease cases have been reported from all 48 lower states. The only states that have not reported cases are Alaska and Hawaii. Seasonal outbreaks often occur in local areas that can vary from year to year. The weather, numbers of birds that maintain the virus, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior are all factors that can influence when and where outbreaks occur.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, The Washington Post reports that the paralyzing Zika virus has been reported in US tourists returning from abroad; most notably Brazil.
“So far, the known U.S. cases are of people who were traveling and likely bitten by mosquitoes while abroad — but infectious disease experts say the rapid spread of the tropical virus in the Americas may mean an outbreak here.”
Added to this are the normal pests such as ants, fleas and termites. Trying to tackle these pests with chemicals my kill them but, they may kill you too! Fortunately, there are some natural alternatives in the form of plants.
Plants That Pests Hate
Natural Living Ideas has a list of 11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes. The list includes; Citronella; Lemon Balm; Catnip; Marigolds and Basil to name a few. The added benefit of some of these plants is their alternate uses. Some you can cook with, make tea with, add colour and fragrance to your house.
While One Green Planet has a list of 7 Plants That Repel Ticks and Fleas. Here again, there are added benefits and uses to these plants. But be warned! Some plants can be toxic to your pets. Be sure and read the warnings and heed them.
Wikipedia has an extensive list of plants and the pests they repel.
While we are all busy stocking up on water, food and other prepping supplies, let’s not forget that the best defensive is a good offense. The best way to fight these insect borne diseases is to not get them in the first place. So why not make a list of the pests in your area, get some of these plants to ward them off and prevent the spread of these diseases? If you’re not green fingered, you could buy them in pots. And don’t forget, the alternate uses of these plants!
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