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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Repel Bugs Naturally with Essential Oils

We've made it through another Winter, it's Spring again! I love almost everything about Spring, the flowers, the weather, the lack of major holidays, (after Easter), but there are two thing that I DON'T like: allergies, and bugs! Today we'll talk about bugs; how to keep them away from your home, and how to kill them if they do come in.

There are so many insect repellent recipes online using EOs, ranging from using just one oil and water to using 10 different oils and loads of other ingredients to make the "concoction". Let's stick with the basics that work. Why add extra stuff if it's not necessary.

Most essential oils will repel bugs as opposed to killing them. There are a few "universal" oils that most bugs hate, lavender is one of them. Spiders, flies, mosquitoes, and more tend to stay away from lavender. Add 7-10 drops of lavender to a spray bottle, fill with water and spray away! You can even spray this right on your horses for horse flies.

Spiders B Gone:

  • 7-10 drops peppermint or tea tree oil
  • splash of white vinegar (optional)
  • splash of dish soap (optional)
  • water
  • spray bottle
Shake it all together and spray around windows and doors and along baseboards. It's that simple. Reapply every week or two for best results.

Personally, we have a real problem with scorpions here at my house. They're not only hanging out on the back walls but we find at least 10-12 in the house every year. Eeek! Scorpions do NOT like the smell of cedarwood, so this year I'm going to make the above recipe but substitute cedarwood for lavender. Should work like a charm and it won't hurt my kids or animals. 

You can alter the above recipe with any of these substitutes depending on what you want to repel:

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