Bugs are always around and for many reasons. As hard as it is to believe, they do serve good reasons that benefit us as humans in some way or another. But there are many bugs that ruin our everyday peace of mind, our crops, our garments and even sometimes our foods locked away in our pantry. Bugs sometimes find themselves in our beds, and they don’t just want to steal a little sleep and go- they come to stay permanently and if possible they fight us out of what we do own and take full control.
This battle causes some of to turn to chemical weapons called “PESTICIDES” which can turn out to be very harmful to us as humans.
In such a case, here are some non-chemical suggestions to rid our homes and gardens of bugs that bother us.
Essential Oils are concentrated forms of the plant they come from, many of these oils contain power properties that can destroy colonies of bugs and the best part is that
This is on the top of the list for a good reason. If you are thinking of organic pesticides then Orange essential oil is the best choice. It is so potent that it doesn’t just kill individual insects but it causes devastation on them in wiping out colonies and prevents re-infestation. There is a component in orange oil which is called D-limonene which is harmless to humans but lethal to most bugs or insects. It is so powerful that it melts the waxy outer coating on their exoskeleton causing dehydration and asphyxiation. How to use: Dilute the orange oil in water and place in a spray bottle. Because of the potency and effectiveness of this oil in killing bugs, you should be careful if using it in your garden as it can also kill some of the good garden bugs and the pollinators. So spray with caution.
This is an effective and robust repellant that will assist in keeping away many different insects such as Mosquitos, flies, and fleas. This oil is also great for hindering worms like the cabbage looper caterpillar whose voracious appetite for juicy vegetable foliage can easily destroy complete crops of fruit vegetables such as, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and even some root vegetables if left uninterrupted.
Lavender oil is very popular and has always been used to get rid of bugs and mites that infest the home especially bed bugs. The pungent aroma of this oil is unbearable to the mites so it automatically drives them away whenever it is present and it keeps them away.
How to use: Sprinkle a few drops across the corners of the bed frame and the mites and their eggs will be destroyed. But that’s not all, it will leave a pleasant smell that will appeal to you for days.
This is good for making a mosquito repellent and can keep away other flying insects. How to use: wet a piece of cloth or a cotton swab and spread the oil on windows, doors, and baseboards to keep the annoying insects at bay. They will not come near such a scent. It is also good for killing and warding off silverfish and love bugs.
Clove Essential Oil
This is a powerful oil that really works to ward off mosquitoes and silverfish. To make a skin repellent use 3 – 6 drops of clove essential oil in 1 Oz carrier oil.
Here is a list of bugs and the oils that makes them cry- or should I say make them stay far from your dwelling.
Ants: Peppermint, Spearmint
Mosquitoes: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Cinnamon, Rosemary, lavender, lemongrass
Flies: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Melaleuca, Rosemary
Spider: Peppermint, Spearmint
Ticks: Oregano, Thyme
Fleas: Peppermint, Lemongrass, Spearmint
Cockroaches: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, tea tree oil
Snails: cedarwood, pine.
Beetles: peppermint, thyme
Aphids: Peppermint, Spearmint, Sandalwood
Silverfish: Clove, Peppermint
Love Bugs: Peppermint
These should be of some help to you as you try to make your home as bug free as possible.