Tell Bugs To Bug Off: Natural Remedies To Repel Bugs
With warm weather, we again must fight bugs in the yard and home. Here in Florida it’s almost a year round battle. If you’re like me, the last thing you want to do is spray your home or your family with horrible chemicals. First eliminate any standing water in the yard. For those of you interested in more natural remedies, certain essential oils repel a variety of bugs. Essential oils can be bought online at many sites including Amazon. You can find them in many stores in your neighborhood - including Walmart. Be sure to buy certified real essential oil and not a cheap substitute for good results.
Cedarwood Himalayan Cedarwood oil has been in use as a mosquito repellent for a long time.
Cinnamon Leaf Oil
Geranium Bourbon can be used to repel ticks
Lemon eucalyptus oil is used for preventing mosquito and deer tick bites
Lavender can be used to repel many problem insects — such as mosquitoes, fleas and moths
Lemongrass repels bugs like mosquitoes and ants
Neem Carrier Oil
Peppermint Oil repels many kinds of insects
Tea tree oil can prevent and treat bug bites
Tea tree oil (lemon) is a special variety of Tea Tree oil
Placing essential oils like lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, or citronella helps to keep flying insects away.
Add essential oil of lavender to your water when mopping or wiping counters
Add lavender, peppermint and/or basil on tables at cookouts to help keep bugs away.
Peppermint or lavender Oil On A Cotton Ball To Keep Out Ants - place balls at points of entry to your home. I put one in the outlet hole where ants wanted to enter my kitchen. No more ants.
Plant herbs around the garden and have potted ones next to door to help deter bugs.
Peppermint or lavender Oil On A Cotton Ball To Keep Out Ants - place balls at points of entry to your home.
Make your own insect repellent using essential oils.
- 10 drops Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
- 20 drops Cedar wood Himalayan Oil
- 10 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 10 drops Peppermint Oil
3 oz. Jojoba Golden Carrier Oil
Combine oils together in a glass spritzer bottle.
Apply to skin as needed avoiding the eye area, cuts and wounds. Keep out of reach of children. Test on a small area of skin for sensitivities.
I've had so many questions about fleas and I just read this post on Eco Snippets
DIY Flea Powder.
Also Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer has great article on cats and dogs
Don't forget to talk to your vet about these products. Don't use human products on your pets.
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