How many of you have pesky insect problems? I used to have a monthly pest control service come out so I wouldn’t be invaded by ants, spiders and other lovely, unwanted guests, but then I learned about how essential oils could keep my home insect free. It has been working for over 3 years for me so let me share some tips I use with you. – The essential oils I use are: our Repellant blend, Patchouli, Basil, Lavender, Peppermint, Clove, our Cleansing blend, and Lemongrass. One of the easiest things I do is put 10 drops of Peppermint oil in 2 inches of water in a spray bottle and lightly spray around every doorway and every windowsill in my house. Ants and spiders hate Peppermint, they will not cross over it. This is a safe remedy because the oil won’t hurt children or pets, the oils are non-toxic. Another cool thing is if you have mice, our Cleansing blend will keep them at bay. They will go search out a new environment instead of choosing a space that has this scent in it. This has been a real bonus for a lot of people who can’t stomach the thought of trapping mice in those barbaric traps. – To keep flies away, put a mixture of Lemongrass and Basil on a ribbon or cloth strip and hang it in windowsills, over a BBQ area, or in your kitchen. It repels flying insects from coming around. And if you have termites, Clove oil will kill them. Just diffuse the oil in a room that the walls are affected and put cottonballs with 2 drops of the oil on them inside any holes or access areas. – Another favorite tip comes from a friend of mine who has horses. Flies are always landing on horses faces, necks and shoulder areas. The horses twitch and stomp their feet, trying to ward them off but it is a futile effort most of the time. We have found that if you put the Repellant blend right on these areas, the flies won’t land there. The oil is safe for the horses and they don’t mind the scent. You can dilute the oil in water and spray it on the horse, or you can apply it topically with no dilution. ( This can be used on all types of animals as well ) So, there you have it…some safe, inexpensive ways to make pure, natural repellants at home.
Have a great day! Jana