Pennsylvania is leading the country in Lyme disease cases for the 4th year in a row. Spread by the bite of infected deer ticks, Lyme disease if treated properly can be a short illness with a full recovery or it can lead to long-term health problems that can last for months, especially if it goes undetected. One of the best ways to avoid Lyme disease is to avoid ticks and tick bites.
Keeping the deer tick population on your property to a minimum is a great start in enjoying an active outdoor lifestyle with less worry. Since deer ticks often hitch a ride to your property on deer, deterring deer from your garden is a great step in lowering the tick population. While fences and other methods are great, we like to start by NOT attracting deer with plants that they love to eat, by replacing them with gorgeous flowers and plants that are deer resistant. Here are our top choices for deer resistant plants for your garden:
Deer Resistant Flowers
Golden Marguerite – A bright and sunny yellow flower that will make you smile.
- Virginia Bluebells – A native wildflower and perennial with lovely blue flowers.
- Turtlehead – Pink or white blooms in late summer or fall.
- Bee Balm – Bonus: it attracts hummingbirds & butterflies.
- Brunnera – Beautiful sky blue flowers and does well in the shade.
- Jack in the Pulpit – A great perennial for shady gardens featuring bright red poisonous berries in summer.
- Meadow Rue – Fluffy pink, white or yellow blooms float above the greenery.
- Sea Holly – Extremely deer and rabbit resistant and a great cut flower for indoor arrangements.
Deer Resistant Plants
- Japanese Painted Fern – A slow spreading shade lover.
- Lungwort – Blue, pink or white blooms, a shade loving plant with speckled leaves.
- Wild Ginger – Beautiful heart shaped leaves and hidden springtime flowers, great in the shade.
Deer Resistant Ground Cover
- Sweet Woodruff – Clusters of fragrant white flowers in early summer.
- Catmint – Blooms all summer and well into fall.
- Lily-of-the-Valley – Marked by a sweet smell every spring and a quick spreader, poisonous to deer.
While these plants are not guaranteed to deter all deer all the time, but by not attracting deer you’ve got a head start on lowering the tick population on your property. Be sure to follow the 6 Cs of tick control for other tick deterring tips. For more help with eliminating ticks, call Mosquito Squad of the Lehigh Valley for our Intensive Tick Treatment, a combination of tick spray and tick tubes, you’ll enjoy more than 90% elimination of ticks on your property. 610-365-TICK (8425)