How to Repel Insects Naturally Using Essential Oils!
by Janice FERGUSON on Jan 31, 2022
Most insect repellants are filled with harsh chemicals and pesticides that can leave a toxic residue through our homes. But what if there was a way to repel insects naturally, without any of the nasties?
You might be surprised to learn that essential oils can be used to repel insects such as flies, mosquitoes, spiders and ants. If you’re struggling to deal with insects this summer, read on for our tips on using essential oils to keep those creepy crawlies at bay!
The best essential oils to repel flying insects
When it comes to pesky flying insects like flies and mosquitoes, you’ll want to use these essential oils:
To repel flying insects, try adding a couple of drops of these essential oils to an essential oil diffuser. Not only will you repel these insects, your home will be filled with a beautiful fragrance, too!
You can also create an essential oil insect repellent spray for screen doors and other affected areas. Simply fill a spray bottle with half a cup of water and 20 drops of lemongrass oil, and spray the mixture on doors, walls and windows.
And to repel those pesky mosquitoes? Create an anti-bug oil by combining 30ml of fractionated coconut oil with 12 drops of lavender oil and rub gently into your skin for all-over protection! For use on children, use only 6 drops of lavender oil.
The best essential oils to repel crawling insects
For creepy crawlies like spiders, cockroaches and ants, the best essential oils to keep handy are:
For spiders and roaches, try dabbing a cotton ball with a few drops of peppermint oil and wipe across entry points, doors and window frames.
For ants, a blend of clove, orange and lemon work well as these oils are actually completely toxic to them. Mix ⅓ cup of water with ⅔ of white vinegar in a spray bottle, and combine this with 15 drops each of clove, orange and lemon. Use this spray directly on the ants whenever you have an infestation (but be sure to keep away from contact with human skin).
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