All Creatures Great and Small

Essential Oils

I want to talk about essential oils today as they can very effectively repel and control most household pests. This is much safer than using standard, synthetic pesticides. You do have to be careful with essential oils as some people have a reaction to them if it is applied to their skin as a repellent. You do not want to use essential oils on any of your pets as they can have bad reactions as well. If you are going to use the oils as an insect repellent on your body, just add a few drops (5 to 10 drops) to an ounce or two of extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, sesame oil or avocado oil. You can make a good tick repellent by adding lemongrass oil to water, mix it well and apply the mixture to clothing in unnoticeable areas, such as the inside of the pants legs and socks.

Here are a few essential oils that are good insect repellents: Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, and Spearmint.

When using essential oils, one way to apply them is to use a pistol-grip squirt bottle. Mix a few drops of the oil with some water, shake it up, and start spraying the pests. If you are treating for ants wipe out kitchen cabinets with a damp sponge and 6-8 drops peppermint essential oil. Then place 3-5 drops of the oil on windowsills, doorway cracks, and in the corners of the cabinets under your kitchen sink.

Centipedes, cockroaches, booklice, earwigs, and silverfish can be controlled by placing several drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil in areas that collect moisture, such as damp basements, garages, and cabinets that house plumbing fixtures.

If you have black widows or other spiders in areas you don’t want them, you can spray the area with peppermint essential oil. That will prevent spiders from returning to these areas.

For mice, place several sprigs of fresh peppermint between pantry items in your cabinets, or make a solution of 2 cups water and 3 teaspoons of peppermint essential oil and spray wherever you find mouse droppings. You can also soak some cotton balls in peppermint essential oils and place in areas where you don’t want mice, inside or outside.

Essential oils may be the future of the pest management in homes and our schools, day care centers, hospitals, medical facilities and other public buildings. You can get some essential oils in health food stores or you can get them online. Some of the more progressive pest control companies will be switching to these methods. They will thrive in the industry.

On another note, I get a lot of requests for pest help. My purpose is to help reduce, and hopefully, eliminate the use of pesticides in society. Basically, I want to help everyone manage their pests and weeds safely and effectively. My email address  You can join my Bug Club on this website and I will help you forever with any pest problems you have.

I want to help any pest control company that would like to switch to using the Pesticide Precautionary Principle, which would be safe for customers and increase their business.

I want to see all schools and city, county and state governments practice non-toxic pest management on public property.


About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


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