I cannot express how happy I am that the weather is finally getting warmer. I am originally from Las Vegas, NV and March weather is awesome. It’s in the 70’s and 80’s. So all of my family out there are posting nice pictures of them and their kids hanging outside while I’m looking out my window and seeing snow. So not fair, but our time has come and we are finally get some warm weather which really puts me in a great mood.
Until the insects come out of hiding and decide to make my home their home. That is just unacceptable. We use to have a pest control come out quarterly and spray around the house. While this was very helpful at first, it would last for a month or so and those pesky ants and spiders kept coming back. So we decided to stop that service and get rid of another monthly bill that was draining us.
I had to find my own way to get rid of the bugs and preferably a more natural way since I have a little toddler who is into everything. I tried salt, corn starch, and many other natural remedies you read about online but those ants kept coming back. The spiders weren’t quitters either. Then I read about using essential oils for pest control and I was intrigued. I already had two of the oils that were mentioned and one was peppermint, the other is Repellent Blend essential oil. This oil is a blend of Skimmia Laureola, Catnip Plant, Amyris Bark, African Sandalwood, Cabrueva Balsam, Wild Orange Peel, White Fir Needle, Cedarwood, Citronella Herb, Eucalyptus Leaf/Stem, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Genet Absolute, and Rose Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. I was already using this oil on myself to keep the mosquitoes away. Let me tell you, it worked better than those nasty smelling sprays you find at the store, not to mention it was DEET free and all natural. Best part is I didn’t have to make my own concoction, it was already done for me.
Since it worked well with the mosquitoes I thought I would try it in my house. So I got my Repellent Blend and sprayed it around my back and front door hoping and praying the ants would finally leave us alone. You know what, it worked, those little buggers stayed away for a while. Just like any other pest control, this is something you will need to do several times, because it will wear off, but the good news is I am not paying a couple hundred dollars a quarter to do it.
I spray peppermint essential oil in my basement. I love the smell of peppermint but luckily for me spiders don’t, it actually helps keep them away. I spray around my windows, doors and some corners where they like to live. I’ve also heard soaking a cotton ball in peppermint placed in a small dish does the trick too. Just put it where you often see the spiders in your house. Not only does peppermint oil work on spiders it also works for ants, mice, and most other insects.
Not only did I find something that works and I can do myself, it also costs less too! Wondering how to use it in your house? Mix 10-20 drops (I like to start with a little first and if it doesn’t work than add more, saves money) of your essential oil of choice and mix with 4 oz of water in a spray bottle. Shake and spray! I suggest shaking it before every use to mix the oil and water.
What essential oil do you like best for repelling bugs?