Pests 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.
Aphids: Peppermint, Sandalwood, White Fir
Beetles: Peppermint, Thyme
Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
Fleas: Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint
Flies: Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrass
Moths: Lavender, Peppermint
Plant Lice: Peppermint
Slugs: White Fir
Snails: Patchouli, White Fir
Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
Weevils: Patchouli, Sandalwood
For an all-around insect repellant blend, try using TerraShield. Read more about TerraShield here.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.