Natural Insect Repellants

Insects are a pain for everyone and the insecticides can be dangerous for you, your kids and your pets. How do you get rid of the pests without using nasty chemicals? Essential oils and plants are a great natural way to repel pest.

To repel mosquitos this summer plant lavender or geranium near your house. You can also make a spray repellent with essential oils. Mosquitos do not like citronella or eucalyptus. Make a spray using 2 cups of water with 20 drops of citronella essential oil and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil.  Make sure to store in a dark glass container.

One of the most annoying pests are flies, planting lavender around your house also helps repel these annoying pest. A good spray to make to deter flies is 1 cup of water to 25 drops of mint essential oils. As with all essential oil, recipes use dark glass spray bottles.

Who doesn’t despise spiders? Spider do not like the smell of peppermint so the best way to repel this pest is to make a spray of 8 oz. of water to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Spray this around door frames, windows, corners of the ceilings and bathrooms. You can use straight peppermint oil if you need a stronger repellant.

Ants are one of the worst pests. If they get into your home it is hard to get rid of them. Ants have a strong sense of smell and use pheromones to follow a trail. If you get ants in your home put vinegar where ever you see them coming in and they will be disoriented by the smell. Ants use their smell to get back home and will be lost if they encounter vinegar. If you do not like the smell of vinegar you can use lemon essential oil 10 drops in 8 oz. glass of water. Like spiders, ants also dislike the smell of peppermint, use the same mixture for ants and spiders.  Planting fresh mint against your house can help deter ants from coming into your home.

Another great way to deter pests is to plant basil against your house. Bugs hate the smell of basil. It will deter most pests that you want to keep out of your home. The herbs are great for your dinner table too. Have a great, bug-free summer.

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