Without a doubt, we want to rid our home of unwanted pests. Obviously, many would prefer cruelty free alternatives safe for all.
We’ve got you covered- say hello to essential oils!
Cedarwood Essential Oil:
This oil in particular makes for a great natural insect repellent-many insects do not like the smell.
Cedarwood is known for many beneficial natural properties- it repels your home of moths and common insects. You can make your own spray to avoid ants, bees, fleas, gnats, mosquitos, moths, snakes, or ticks as well.
Rest assured- this alternative is kid-friendly (6 months+) and pet safe!
To diffuse: add 2-3 drops of your Cedarwood essential oils to your diffuser and disperse for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Topical application: dilute Cedarwood essential oil with a carrier oil, dilute to 2-4%. Apply to the desired area.
Peppermint Essential Oil:
Peppermint Essential Oil has many uses, but did you know a lot of animals hate the scent?
Due to its strong odor, various insects, mosquitoes, rodents, and spiders strongly dislike peppermint and its minty counterparts (This includes Spearmint and Wintergreen)!
Peppermint essential oils have a multitude of uses including for symptoms of muscle tension or headaches, along with promoting energy and alertness!
Check out this article from Angie’s List- it breaks down the basics of how to use essential oils effectively when dealing with pest control.
If you want to create a simple Peppermint Essential oil spray for any room of your house, this recipe from Loving Essential Oils is one of my favorites!
Topical application: dilute from 0.5% up to 5% maximum with a carrier oil.
Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender is a great oil if you have a multitude of pests you’d like to get rid of- ranging from ants to mosquitos, or mice! Since Lavender essential oil contains a natural compound that is found in a lot of pest control products on the market (linalool), no wonder it is a smart choice for many!
Lemongrass Essential Oil:
Lemongrass repels pests like bed bugs, bees, fleas, mosquitos, and ticks.
This essential oil sadly is not safe for young children or pets; we recommend using a low dilution on older children and avoiding spraying your pets directly with this oil.
Tea Tree Essential Oil:
Naturally, these fragrant scents do not make them want to stay in the area- good news for you!
This essential oil will help you avoid insects and pests such as ants, bed bugs, fleas, mosquitos, and even spiders!