One of the biggest problems that households encounter is pests. Over-the-counter pest sprays are commonly bought to address pest problems at home. However, while these sprays are one of the easiest and fastest ways to eliminate pests, they are not the safest. Though these chemicals may be effective in pest control, they can be dangerous to your family’s health, pets and to the environment.
Essential Oils for Pest Control
Safe, Effective and Affordable Natural Pest Control
Considering the health and environmental risks that chemical pest sprays have, more and more people are now opting for natural pest control. Fortunately, depending on the type of pest problem you have, you can conveniently control pest problems by using essential oils. By applying essential oils for pest control, you’ll no longer have to worry about your family, pet and the environment being at risk to harmful chemicals.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are derived from natural sources and they are very accessible. You need not purchase too much, because a few drops of essential oils are all you need to combat pests. The essential oils for pest control you will need will depend on the type of pest you are dealing with. You may need one to five kinds of essential oils, depending on the type of pest and their number.
I use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils because they are 100% pure and natural, contain no fillers or artificial ingredients, and are free of contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues. Young Living cultivates, harvests, and distills their essential oils on their very own farms, so you know you are getting the highest quality product available.
Essential Oils for Natural Pest Control – Common Insects
These essential oils can be combined to control different type of pests. Once you identify your pest problem and have purchased your oils, you can then prepare your natural pest control spray.
Fleas – Lemongrass Oil, Spearmint Oil, Lavender Oil or Peppermint Oil
Ants – Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Patchouli Oil or Citronella Oil
Spiders – Peppermint Oil or Spearmint Oil
Ticks – Lavender Oil, Thyme Oil, Sage Oil or Lemongrass Oil
Mosquitoes – Citronella Oil, Lemon Oil, Peppermint Oil or Eucalyptus Oil
Beetles – Peppermint Oil or Thyme Oil
Moths – Cedar wood Oil, Lavender Oil, Hyssop Oil or Peppermint Oil
Natural Pest Control Recipes
Here are some recipes you can try making at home to control your pest problem. However, if you are already dealing with a pest infestation, it is wise to consult with a pest control professional. Just be sure to do some research about the company you will be hiring and ask about natural pest control methods they use.
You will need an essential oil mixture of peppermint or spearmint, tea tree, patchouli and citronella. Once you have combined these oils, dip cotton balls into the mixture and place them in affected areas. The scent of these oils will keep ants away. Replace the balls after a week with new cotton balls that have been infused with the essential oil mixture.
Combine peppermint or eucalyptus, citronella and lemongrass into a spray bottle and use as an air freshener. You can also use the mixture with your aromatherapy burner. If you want to use the mixture on your skin, you can combine the mixture with carrier oil, such as Argan Oil or Rosehip Oil, and apply it as a lotion.
You can use a home braided or pure cotton collar to dip into the essential oil mixture to get rid of fleas on your pet. You will need a drop each of citronella, thyme, oregano and cedar wood, and 2 drops of lavender. These essential oils must be thoroughly mixed with a tablespoon of grain alcohol before dipping the collar into it to ensure that the mixture is thoroughly absorbed. Then have your pet wear the collar. The collar must be treated with the essential oil mixture once a month.
If your pest problem persists, then you might be dealing with a severe pest infestation. Consult with a professional before the infestation gets any worse, which can also affect your family’s health.