Use Essential Oils to Help Control Pests
Aside from smelling divine, essential oils also have powerful insect-repelling properties. With consistent use, there are a wide variety of oils that will not only suit your nose but your ability to make specific critters run for the hills, depending on what your pest issue is. Read up on the what and how when it comes to DIY pest control with essential oils by adhering to the following:
Cockroaches Gather a few cotton balls and douse them with a few drops of citronella oil, peppermint oil or lemongrass, placing them in roach-prone areas, such as in the pantry, or under your sink. You can also infuse half a cup of water with 5 to 15 drops of either essential oils in a spray bottle, and use the solution wherever the roaches appear.
Ants leave pheromone trails to signal to other pathways to food. You can discourage this by implementing botanical scents such as peppermint oil, tea tree oil, clove and lemongrass oils, which are known to interfere with these scent trails. Using the same ratio as mentioned above, shake the bottle, then spray around entry points known to ants, such as baseboards.
Mosquitoes citronella candles are a well-known way of keeping these blood-drawing critters away, but you can also use a few drops of citronella oil (as well as lemongrass oil, another known deterrent) in an oil burner. During the summer, carefully apply these oils inside of your lotions and other mixable cosmetics, to keep them from making you their meal.
Flies need a natural remedy to deal with pesky buzzers? Place a handful of dried cloves in a bowl and sprinkle clove, lavender, citronella and/or peppermint oils on the pile, adding the oils on a regular basis. It’s best to place the bowl in the kitchen, or in areas where you find flies have a tendency to gather and enter, such as your doorways or windows.
Mice these furry pests have a tendency to gather behind appliances (think your refrigerator, washer or dryer), or in the attic or garage. These are the areas where you’ll want to drop essential-oil infused cotton balls, of which you’ll want to use peppermint and/or eucalyptus – to help deter mice.
CALL IN THE PROFESSIONALS TO DEAL WITH AN INFESTATION. If you suspect an out-of-control pest issue in your house or are even looking for a preemptive strike against a potential infestation, be sure to contact a licensed pest professional – such as Accurate Termite Control – to inspect and treat any pest issues.