How to use Essential Oils to Get Rid of Bugs Naturally and Effectively
There’s a very distinctive scream emitted from someone who is coming face to face with a creepy crawly or ferocious flying insect. You can hear in the sound whether it’s a roach, spider or tick. Mosquitoes generally just illicit a lot of self slapping and swatting of the air in general irritation. When people find themselves “under attack” they usually reach for the nearest toxic, chemical infused, insect repellent and spray away –probably doing more damage to their bodies than if they were to be stung by the aforementioned pests. It’s time to throw away those bottles of toxicity and embrace natures natural insect repellent –essential oils. There are a few powerful natural insecticides in the essential oils family ready to do battle on your behalf.
Your Pest Control Pack
The mosquito is the state bird of New Jersey. Andy Warholfirst up is Eucalyptus Globulus
Not only is this essential oil a brilliant natural green household cleaning option but is a potent insecticide. It is the most effective essential oil against bloodsuckers like sandflies. It packs a punch against gnats, mosquitoes, roaches and ticks –forcing them to find another place to land!Bergamot
Summery, Citrus Bergamot essential oil is a mood booster and at the same time is a superb topical insect repellent. You can make a repellent spray that will be a great deterrent to insects while at the same time offers a wonderful aroma. Its great for keeping away mosquitoes and flies. If you do get bitten or stung by an insect, it soothes the wound. Remember that Bergamot is phototoxic so should not be used on the body if you are going out into the sun.Lavender
This essential oil is known for its relaxation properties but it is also a super warrior at battling bugs. People have used lavender sachets to place in drawers, cupboards and closets to keep away moths while at the same time providing a beautiful fragrance. You can also place lavender in a saucer to keep away ants (see the “Bugs Away” spray recipe below for use in an atomizer). It also repels fleas, flies,chiggers mosquitoes, head lice and ticks.Basil
Your Summer pest control essential oil specialist. This is especially true if you live in a climate that is very wet with lots of water sources like lakes, dams and ponds. With Basil in an atomizer you’ll not only banish mosquitoes but get an uplifting mood surge at the same time. Basil also battles dust mites to keep you allergy free in your home.Thyme
Thyme is the “Lord of the Flies”. He can send them on their way immediately. This powerful essential oil is also a great mosquito repellent. It also drives away beetle, chiggers, cutworm, head lice, roaches and ticks!Pine
This essential oil is vital when you go on a camping trip as it banishes mosquitoes with ease. The added benefit is its fresh aroma. Pine will also push back head lice, slugs and snails.Peppermint
This mighty essential oils repels and kills mosquitoes and also treats insect bites and stings, while keeping your home spelling minty fresh at the same time. Its also chases away beetles, caterpillars, aphids, ants, fleas, flies, gnats, head lice and plant lice, moths and spiders.Tea Tree
The Australian Tea tree essential oil is a strong anti-parasitic. It destroys parasites like leeches, flies, fleas, ticks and lice. But if you do get attacked and munched on –Tea Tree alleviates the itchiness of bites and stings with its healing properties.
If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.Betty Reese Bite Balm Recipe
Now you have at least eight mighty essential oils in your arsenal to fight off all creep crawlies. Here’s a quick and easy recipe to soothe any bites or stings.
When mosquitoes or other bugs have made a meal of you…
10 drops of Tea Tree with 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil. Apply undiluted to the effected area as often as needed."Bugs Away” Repellant Spray Recipe
You might want to be armed with a spray bottle filled with some big guns when faced with an invading insect problem.Blend the following ingredients together:
- 15 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Tea Tree
- 10 drops Eucalyptus
- 6 drops Lime
- 6 drops Bergamot
- 2 ounces distilled water
- 2 ounces’ vinegar or apple cider vinegar
Add to a spray bottle and shake well before using it on an insect intruder.
Warning: This is not a mixture to freshen a room or for diffusing. Please don’t use it for internal or topical use.Garden Bug Banisher Recipe
Lavender and Tea Tree are well known for their antifungal and antibacterial properties. They can also be used to combat bacteria and fungus attacking your garden plants.
In your garden watering can add 1 gallon of water. Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree and douse your infected plants.
Bugs are not going to inherit the earth. They own it now. So we might as well make peace with the landlord. T. Eisner