Essential oils have never been more popular. From protecting our bodies from inflammation to covering unwanted smells in our homes, natural essences have so many uses in and around our homes. But how can essential oils be used for pest control?
There are many plants that naturally repel pests. If you have a green thumb, you may be inclined to plant your own garden of pest-stopping plants, but for the rest of us, these essential oils will do the job.
How to (Safely) Use Essential Oils
The first thing to know about using essential oils in the home is how they work. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can be dangerous or toxic in large quantities to some in your household. Always be sure to read the intended uses of essential oils before ingesting or applying any oil to your skin. Most essential oils recommend being diluted with water before being used. Test skin with a patch test to ensure your skin won’t react negatively to a mixture.
4 Essential Oils for DIY Pest Control
Now that we know the basics of oil use let’s get into the nitty-gritty. Which oils are good for pest control?
Sage is an herb that has been used by many cultures to ward off unwanted energies and spirits — what better way to keep unwanted pests out of your home?
Pests sage can help with: Flies, ticks, and chiggers.
Put a few drops of peppermint essential oil in and around entryways in your home to help keep out a whole host of pests!
Pests peppermint can help with: Ants, flies, fleas, beetles, ticks, spiders, roaches, and moths.
This natural and earthy scent is great for taking with you on trips in the great outdoors. Rosemary naturally repels mosquitoes, so pack a bottle before you set out on your next camping or hiking trip.
Pests rosemary can help with: Mosquitoes.
Lavender is likely most well-known for its wide range of uses to induce a more relaxed and calm state. You may use lavender to get ready for sleep, but you can also use it to keep some annoying pests at bay.
Pests lavender can help with: Mosquitoes, flies, fleas, ticks.
Essential oils can help you keep pests at bay, but they won’t fix an infestation. Contact your local pest control pros at Enviro-Tech Pest Services to speak to a member of our team!