If you want to avoid toxic pesticides, you can use essential oils for pest control. This article looks at pests in the home. Go here for insect repellents.
Here's an all-purpose household bug spray you can spray where you have a bug problem, making sure to shake well before each use:
You can adapt this recipe to deal with specific pests by substituting essential oils mentioned in the next section.
Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies
Here are suggestions for using essential oils for pest control to deal with specific bugs.
To use essential oils to drive away cockroaches, mix 5 drops cypress and 10 drops peppermint in 1/2 cup salt water in a spray bottle. Shake well and then spray roaches and the area they infest.
Use peppermint, spearmint, or a citrus (lemon, orange, etc.) to repel spiders. Mix 10 to 20 drops of an essential oil in 1/2 cup salt water. Spray on spiders.
If you find bedbugs, use the following blend to help get rid of them:
Combine ingredients in a dark glass spray bottle. Shake well. Spray on bedding.
Combine the following ingredients in a dark glass spray bottle:
Shake well. Spray on area you want to keep free of flies.
Put a few drops of one of the following essential oils on cotton balls or small sponge pieces:
Place the cotton balls or sponge where ants enter the house. Replace the balls once a week.
Put eucalyptus citriadora or eucalyptus radiata essential oil on cedar chips or cotton balls and place them in closets or drawers.
Use this mixture in your closet to keep out moths:
Another option is to place 5 drops each of cedarwood and clove essential oils on each of two cotton balls. Place them in a small mesh bag, and hang it in the closet.
Other essential oils that may help repel moths include hyssop, peppermint, and spearmint. You can place a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and place them where needed, making sure they don't touch your clothing.
Aromatherapy Moth Repellent Sachets
Sachet Recipe Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies
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