It happens every spring and summer, like the plague some little creepy crawly thing finds its way into the house. Spiders, ants, fleas, ticks all manner of little creatures that somehow make their way into the house. So, what is a person supposed to do? We go to the store and buy some toxic, chemical smelling concoctions to get rid of the pest. truth is there are other ways, ways that don’t leave your house smelling like chemical warfare is happening. The secret is to use essential oils. They will help repel and kill unwanted pests, but leave your house smelling refreshingly like herbs, flowers, and verdant forests.
So… do we just pick an essential oil and give it a go? Well, no the truth is that certain essential oils work better than others for certain pests. Some should not be used on or near pets. This post will discuss the differences and which are the best to use.
|Cedarwood||Ants, Aphids, Beetles, Caterpillar, Chiggers, Cutworm, Fleas, Flies, Gnats, Mosquitoes, Lice, Moths, Roaches, Slugs, Snails, Spiders, Weevils|
|Citronella||Ants, Fleas, Flies, Gnats, Mosquitoes, Moths, Spiders, Ticks|
|Eucalyptus||Gnats, Mosquitoes, Roaches, Ticks|
|Garlic||Ants, Beetles, Slugs, Snails|
|Hyssop||Aphids, Moths, Slugs|
|Lavender||Chiggers, Fleas, Flies, Mosquitoes, Head Lice, Moths, Spiders, Ticks|
|Lemon||Flies, Mosquitoes, Spiders|
|Lemongrass||Chiggers, Fleas, Flies, Mosquitoes, Ticks|
|Orange||Ants, Aphids, Beetles, Caterpillars, Chiggers, Cutworms, Fleas, Flies, Gnats, Mosquitoes, Lice, Moths, Roaches, Slugs, Snails, Ticks, Weevils|
|Peppermint||Ants, Aphids, Beetles, Caterpillars, Fleas, Flies, Gnats, Mosquitos, Lice, Moths, Spiders|
|Rose Geranium||Gnats, Mosquitoes|
|Rosemary||Flies, Head Lice|
|Sage||Chiggers, Cutworms, Flies, Mosquitoes, Ticks|
|Spearmint||Ants, Aphids, Caterpillars, Gnats, Lice, Moths, Spiders|
|Tansy||Fleas, Flies, Mosquitoes, Ticks|
|Tea Tree||Flies, Head Lice|
Beetles, Chiggers, Cutworms, Flies, Mosquitoes, Head Lice, Roaches, Ticks
What is an Essential Oil?
Essential oil is the natural oils extracted from botanical sources by pressing, distilling or tapping. They are the concentrated version of the plants they come from and are more powerful in this concentrated form.
In some instances, these concentrated oils will be diluted with carrier oils that will lighten the fragrance or allow the oils to be less potent. This dilution doesn’t mean that the essential oils are ineffective simply that they are less capable of adverse reaction.
A Word of Warning:
Like almost everything, there can be adverse reactions. Some people may be allergic to some of the plants or the high concentration of oils. Other oils like mint, cinnamon, and eucalyptus have a heating or cooling sensation that can be slightly irritating to the skin. It is important to test your reaction to essential oils and to dilute the essential oil with carrier oils like avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, etc. Also, there are differences in grades of essential oils. There are different ways that the essential oils are made, diluted and mixed. While there are no standardized grades for making, or selling essential oils there are types. So, buy from trusted and reviewed sellers.
Essential Oils and Pets
Like stated before essential oils are concentrated versions of plant oils. With that being said… do not use any essential oils of plants that you know that your pets can’t have or be around. Also, keep in mind that animals smell more intensely that we do, so dilute and test scents around your pets but not on your pets. Watch them for adverse reactions or research the effects of certain essential oils that you might choose. I can tell you that cats don’t like citrus smells and dogs can’t have garlic. Be cautious with smells and oils around pets.
The Recipe for Bug Spray:
|¼ Cup of soap or vegetable glycerin||· Mix ingredients in a spray bottle.
· Store in a dark place or dark bottle
Note: Use stainless steel spray bottle or glass bottle. Use non-BPA plastic. Plastic and steel may retain the oils and absorb the scent. Glass is easier to clean and won’t absorb the oils.
|1 teaspoon of essential oils
(You can use more than one as long as it equals the amount.)
|16 oz. spray bottle.|
If you are sick of using chemical sprays and want something natural and great smelling try using essential oils to get rid of your unwanted pests problems. Have any questions? Ask away in the comment section or comment below what is your favorite essential oil scent?