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How to Use Essential Oils for Pest Control

One of the biggest problems that households encounter is pests. Over-the-counter pest sprays are commonly bought to address pest problems at home. Though these chemicals may be effective, natural pest control is better for your family’s health, pets and the environment. Try these essential oils for pest control and get rid of insects.

essential oils for pest control

Essential Oils for Pest Control

Essential oils are made by distillation to make the natural oils of a plant substance very concentrated. Because they are so concentrated they can have a medicinal effect, but you want to make sure you only use therapeutic grade essential oils and not oils with fillers. You can look at the ingredients. If there is anything extra besides the oil itself, the it’s not 100% pure and the quality of the oils definitely make a difference when dealing with a variety of insects.

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Therapeutic essential oils can be used for so many things but I love using them for garden pests. You can make a homemade spray that has such a strong scent to bugs that they will stay away and it’s so much better than using something with toxic chemicals.

Essential oils can be used as relief for existing bug bites as well either diluted with a carrier oil or by making a salve.

Considering the health and environmental risks that chemical pest sprays have, more and more people are now opting for natural products for pest control. Fortunately, depending on the type of pest problem you have, you can conveniently control pest problems by using home remedies and essential oils.

By applying essential oil blends for pest control, you’ll no longer have to worry about your family, pet and the environment being at risk to harmful chemicals. There are many studies being done these days to determine the effectiveness of essential oils against bugs – for instance there is a study that suggests citronella helps repel mosquitoes as well as fleas, aphids, mites, and flies.

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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.

Essential Oils for 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.

In the summer, we’re faced with the ever-growing population of insects. Each year there seems to be more and more different varieties of every species. Ticks, mosquitoes, flying insects, creepy crawlies, and bugs that eat through every plant in your yard. 

Fight back against these pesky critters with your own, do-it-yourself blends of essential oils that repel insects. Whether you want a spray for your plants, a candle to repel insects while you’re enjoying your evenings outside, or a lotion to soothe and repel, you can use these essential oils that will fill the need.

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Natural Pest Control Recipes

Here are some recipes for insect repellents 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.

Of course, you can use your own special blend of essential oils for your specific requirements using a basic recipe.

Basic Insect Repellent Spray

  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel or vodka 
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil such as avocado oil or sweet almond oil
  • 20 to 30 drops of a blend of essential oils
  • small spray bottle
  • 1 1 /2 Tablespoons distilled water

In the small bottle, mix everything together and shake well. Recipe can be easily doubled to make a larger batch.

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What Essential Oils Keep Ants Away?

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.

{ Read More: How to Keep Ants Out of the House }

Which Essential Oil is Best to Repel Mosquitoes?

Combine use a blend of two or more of the following: citronella, peppermint, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, basil, thyme, lemongrass, geranium or clove 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.

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Get Rid of Fruit Flies

One of my favorite ways to prevent and get rid of fruit flies is with essential oils. These creatures are deterred by the smell of certain essential oils. While the oils won’t kill the flies, they will keep flies from accumulating and may encourage them to leave. Fill a spray bottle with a cup of water and five to ten drops of lemongrass, eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil. Spritz areas of the kitchen that tend to attract fruit flies, like near the sink and trash can.

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Go Away Flies

For flies and gnats, use a mixture of lavender essential oil, rosemary, spearmint or peppermint, patchouli, lemongrass or citronella.

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Keep Ticks Away

Lavender naturally repels ticks and prevents tick eggs from hatching. Lemongrass oil is another great way to keep ticks off your skin, as ticks hate the scent and will generally stay away from it. The active ingredients, citral and geraniol, are natural repellents. Cedarwood oil is extremely popular for pest control, as it both repels and kills ticks on both animals and humans.

Clove oil is extremely effective at killing and repelling ticks and should only be applied directly on the skin after diluting it with carrier oil. Essential oils are easy to use and effective solution to controlling ticks.

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Stink Bugs

Fortunately, stink bugs are harmless to humans but still pretty gross to have inside your home as they are a fairly large bug and can be unnerving to find one crawling around your bedroom. They are very sensitive to smells since that is how they attract their mates, so it can be easy to keep them away if you put some essential oils in a cotton ball and put them in corners or in windows. They really seem to hate clove oil, lemongrass oil, spearmint, ylang ylang oil, wintergreen, geranium, and rosemary.

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Send Fleas on their way

Lemongrass essential oil contains insecticidal properties that can repel fleas and other insects. Rosemary essential oil can kill and repel many varieties of insects including fleas. However, it is toxic to cats so do not use around them. Geranium is a pleasant-scented essential oil that has insect repelling properties against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

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Spiders Hate these Smells

Mint oil has also been scientifically proven as a potent weapon against spiders as well as Tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil. Mix these oils with apple cider vinegar to repel spiders as they hate all these smells. Another surefire way to keep spiders away While lemons and citrus fruits are a delicious food ingredient, they are also a powerful spider repelled as their acidic nature is something that spiders can’t stand the thought of facing

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Moths Go Bye Bye

Lavender is one such oil that will encourage moths to stay far away. You can put several drops onto a sachet and deposit it into your drawers, or mix several drops in a bottle with water and spritz your home regularly.

{ Read More: How to Get Rid of Moths }

Essential Oils for Indoor Use

The use of essential oils doesn’t have to be limited to just bugs or garden use. There are many reasons to use them even if you just want your house to smell nice. An added benefit to using the oils in your home is that not only will your home smell nice, but you will probably also benefit from from the health rewards.

Essential Oils for Pest Control at Home

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Lemongrass
Spearmint
Lavender
Peppermint
Cedarwood
Citronella
Peppermint
Spearmint
Tea Tree
Patchouli
Citronella
Citrus
Cinnamon
Clove
Cinnamon
Peppermint
Spearmint
Lavender
Lemon
Orange
MosquitosMothsTicks
Cedarwood
Citronella
Clove
Geranium
Lemon
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Lavender
Lemongrass
Orange
Cedarwood
Lavender
Orange
Peppermint
Citronella
Eucalyptus
Lavender
Thyme
Geranium
Sage
Lemongrass
Tea Tree
Cedarwood
AphidsBed BugsBeetles
Cedarwood
Orange
Peppermint
Lavender
Peppermint
Tea Tree Oil
Peppermint
Thyme
RoachesChiggersFlies
Cedarwood
Eucalyptus
Cinnamon
Thyme
Orange
Lavender
Lemongrass
Sage
Thyme
Cedarwood
Citronella
Lavender
Peppermint
Rosemary
Sage
GnatsLiceWasps
Cedarwood
Citronella
Eucalyptus
Geranium
Orange
Peppermint
Cedarwood
Geranium
Lavender
Peppermint
Rosemary
Tea Tree Oil
Thyme
Clove
Geranium
Lavender
Lemongrass
Peppermint
Rosemary
Snails/SlugsSilverfishNo-See-Ums
Cedarwood
Pine
Cedarwood
Cinnamon
Orange
Lemongrass

 

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I love Rocky Mountain Oils because of their quality 100% pure essential oils that require no minimum purchase and always gives FREE shipping! Plus they always have specials going on!

Rocky Mountain Oils’ essential oils are verified by a third-party, independent lab. GC/MS tests verify purity and quality of the oils sold so you can look at the bottom of the bottle to find your individual batch code and then input that number into our website to pull up the GC/MS test results.

Rocky Mountain Products can be returned for any reason, even if opened, for up to 90 days. RMO also pays for our customers’ return shipping expenses to make our ordering process completely risk-free.

RMO includes three different icons for recommended use on each bottle for easy reference: Diffuse, Topical Application and Household. So you can look at the bottle and know in what way it’s intended for use.

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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.

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Richella Parham

Thursday 19th of May 2022

Thanks for the advice here! I love learning ways to use essential oils without being coerced into buying a particular brand--but thanks for letting us know what brand you like.

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Ryan

Thursday 20th of April 2017

These are awesome advice, we have found moths around our closest and drawer occasionally, so I am very interested in trying either the Cedar wood Oil, Lavender Oil, Hyssop Oil or Peppermint Oil! Very helpful, thanks for sharing this!

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Monday 13th of March 2017

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Bound for Style

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Thanks for sharing this eco-friendly home pest control essential oils post. I learned a lot from this.

Julieane Hernandez

Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

Same! I'm using essential oils as pesticide.. It is much safer to use than any kinds of chemicals. I enjoyed reading this article. Helpful!