Customized Pest Control

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resize 1Pests are never fun to have around, and using dangerous pest control chemicals can be even less fun. But have no fear, essential oils are great for repelling pests (without harming them) and are much safer to have around the family than other kinds of pest control. Check out our customized pest control recommendations below to deter the pests that are bugging you the most.

Note: For more specific insect problems, try mixing 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle with 1/2 teaspoon natural soap and 12 drops of dōTERRA essential oil from the guide below, remembering to shake the bottle frequently to keep the oil mixed with the water.

Ants: Peppermint
Aphids: Peppermint, Sandalwood, White Fir
Beetles: Peppermint, Thyme
Caterpillars: Peppermint
Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
Cutworm: Thyme
Fleas: Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint
Flies: Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
Gnats: Patchouli
Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrassant
Lavender, Peppermint
Plant Lice: Peppermint
Roaches: Eucalyptus
Slugs: White Fir
Snails: Patchouli, White Fir
Spiders: Peppermint
Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
Weevils: Patchouli, Sandalwood

For an all-around insect repellant blend, try using TerraShield. Read more about TerraShield here.


  1. Bring a spray bottle with Peppermint essential oil to a picnic or other outdoor events to help keep ants away from you and your food.
  2. A great way to help deter pests is to diffuse essential oils! Just diffuse the essential oil that naturally deters your pest to see if it helps.
  3. Rub essential oils around your door and window seals for extra protection.

This article was originally featured in dōTERRA’s 2012 Spring Living Magazine. Click here to view more.

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  1. Thank you SO much for this! I live in Alaska, and in the summer Mosquitos become our unofficial state bird. They are a huge menace and I am super excited to see oils listed that I can use to keep them at bay!

  2. Do you know which oil to use for earwigs. We’ve been having them in the house and I can’t find anything. Thanks!

  3. Hi Melanie- I don’t know about an oil but another tip for ear wigs is to loosely roll up a damp newspaper and place it overnight where you are having the problem. They will crawl in and in the morning just discard the newspaper. Works inside and out :)

  4. Are there any oils that will deter mice? The little devils have found a hole somewhere are now regular visitors in our kitchen. Yuck!

  5. Peppermint will help deter mice. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and place at the point of entry. They will get the message that they aren’t welcome! :)

  6. Use a fan on your patio or deck, with ribbons attached. Simply put a few drops of Terrasheild on the ribbon and turn on the fan…No more bugs … we use this on our farm in the processing area. Also Peppermint in the walk in coolers…no more mice. Thanks for great products that are safe for all uses food safe too.

  7. I use the clove oil on cotton pads in my bathroom and kitchen cabinets since I live near the coast. It detracts Silverfish and smells like the holidays!

  8. I want to make a mosquito/bug spray using essential oils. Does anyone have a recipe for such a thing? Do you use water and oil, or do you need a carrier oil too? I just don’t know. Thanks.

  9. Peppermint or Purify work on deterring mice from entering your home. I used Purify, as it was stated in the Modern Essentials book.

  10. I commented on an older blog post inquiring about the ingredients (yes, I understand the term “proprietary blend” as stated in the product info), not necessarily the amount of each oil, but what are the key oils. There are allergies/sensitivities with certain oils that I experience as well as other friends/family. We are looking to use TerraShield for 3 primary purposes, but need to make sure no one will be at risk for an allergic reaction (by applying a blend with unknown complements): -1st) natural pest control for our 1000+sq ft home garden (really excited about this application, but need to know exactly WHAT we are spraying on our plants/soil before using -2nd) bug repellent on ourselves while outside gardening, hiking, camping, etc (adults and children) -3rd) natural flea/tick/mosquito repellent for our dogs (I get asked about what to use on pets all the time!). If a private email is more appropriate to answer this question, please contact me directly. This information is important as we are preparing for a doTERRA class and have been asked to talk about TerraShield specifically — I don’t like saying “I don’t know” when asked about ingredients — shakes my credibility and makes people wonder what’s in all the oils (others’ perception…). Thank you in advance for your reply!

  11. TerraShield is no longer a proprietary blend. Here are the ingredients in the blend:

    Active Ingredients:
    Citronella Oil (1.5:%),
    Cedarwood Oil (1.5%)

    Inert Ingredients:
    Fractionated Coconut Oil,
    Skimmia Laureola Oil, Catnip Oil, Amyris Oil,
    African Sandalwood Oil, Cabrueva Balsam
    Oil, Wild Orange Oil, Fir Needle Oil,
    Eucalyptus Oil, Hawaiian Sandalwood Oil,
    Genet Absolute Oil, Rose Oil.

  12. I hate mosquito’s . . . and ants. Unfortunately they find me extremely tasty. In fact, if a bug bites, it will bite me. Can someone please tell me exactly how to use this blend? Do I ingest it? Mix it with oil and apply it? What about a spray-on like OFF? I really want to know how to properly use it. I am new to doTERRA and am really confused. The Modern Essentials book just says to apply a small amount to the skin. What exactly is a “small amount” and does it matter where you apply it? If I applied it to my arm, would it be effective for my whole body?

    I hope someone can please help me! Thank you in advance.

  13. Hello friends of doterra,
    I would like to know who is having good luck with a bug repellant for STINK BUGS???
    my email
    Would love to have a recipe exchange at my home in Setauket NY ( Long Island) May/June.
    please write to me… ty :}

  14. Can you please help me out on some info? Are essential oils safe to use around cats? I keep reading conflicting reports. My kitty is allergic to every form of flea control I’ve tried. Sadly she is also allergic to flea bites. The poor thing either suffers from a hideous skin rash from the fleas or vomiting and diarrhea from the flea meds.

  15. I would like to make a formula to spray on my dog to keep ticks and fleas off her. I have the recommended oils. I just don’t know what the base is. Water? Witch hazel? Fractionated coconut oil? What is the amount of ratio? I’m really needing help with this one.

  16. I would also like to know if these oils can be used on cats and dogs for fleas. Can I apply lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint or terrashield directly to our pets?

  17. Hello! Thank you for this post. I’ve been noticing some weevils in the house recently and I think it’s from a bulk bag of flour we got. I know they’re not harmful, it’s the gross factor I can’t handle because I’ll see them crawling around in the morning on the bathroom floor or I’ll see one or two waiting for me in the shower. Is there a way I can kill them with these oils? Or will they just repel them? Please help! We don’t have access to exterminators where we live otherwise this problem would have been resolved already. I hate bugs! Thanks in advance!


  19. How about an oil to get rid of moles and keep them away? I know peppermint works for mice, will it work on moles?

  20. Melaleuca works well for fleas on dogs but can be lethal to cats. I found this online

    doTERRA Lavender oil
    doTERRA Geranium oil
    doTERRA Peppermint oil
    doTERRA Rosemary oil
    doTERRA Eucalyptus oil
    doTERRA Lemongrass oil
    Coat Spray

    Fill a 4 oz spray bottle with distilled water.
    Add 20 drops of a dōTERRA essential oil chosen from the list above (or mix a couple if the go well together). For the added benefit of reducing your pet’s natural odors, add some dōTERRA Bergamot as well.
    Shake well before each use.
    Spray your pet’s coat liberally, avoiding sensitive areas like the eyes and nose.
    Apply every two weeks, or more as needed.
    For extra protection, spray your pets bedding down as well.

    I’m looking for something to take care of flies. My husband and a friend were home alone all day BBQing and left the doors open and of course we have TONS of flies. They’re driving me nutts. Please help with that I can use to get them out and keep them out. Thanks!

  21. Could someone please email me the “recipe” & directions for flea control on cats? I know you can use lavender, lemongrass & peppermint but not sure how many drops of each and how, where & how often to apply to cat. Thanks in advance for your help!!

  22. I am looking for something to help with fleas and our dogs. I have Terra Shield. Is this good in a spray bottle for them ? And do I use a carrier oil or water ?

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