Using Essential Oils to Deal with Pests

Using Essential Oils to Deal with Pests

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 Angi- 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 essential oil, like Peppermint, has many uses. In its plant form, Lavender repels animals such as deer and rabbits, but it is also a deterrent against gnats, ants, spiders, and ticks! 

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!

Safe for young children and pets, this is an ideal oil to diffuse during the day or to spray in common areas.
Topical application: dilute from 0.5% up to 5% maximum with a carrier oil.

Lemongrass Essential Oil:

Lemongrass essential oil is closely related to Citronella, which is another common natural insect repellent.

 Lemongrass repels pests like bed bugs, bees, fleas, mosquitos, and ticks.

Often used in many DEET-based insect repellents, Lemongrass is a common go-to for making sure those insects do not come near you.

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:

Tea Tree is a common oil known for its antibacterial properties, but did you know this essential oil has insecticidal and repellent effects against various pests?
Most insects and pests do not like strong odors such as Tea Tree, Peppermint, or Lavender.

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!