Keep Insects Away with Essential Oils

essential oil in actionI know this will come as a rudely premature warning to those up North, but to my fellow Arizonans: summer is officially on the way! With temperatures climbing into the 80s lately, many of us have found ourselves traipsing outside to do the annual weeding of the garden and yard. If you’ve been dismayed to find that the insects have taken up residence and you’re looking for a natural way to discourage these pests, essential oils are a great solution.

The best essential oils for repelling bugs are generally thought to be clove oil, citronella (Be careful! This one can be a skin irritant), lavender or peppermint. Put a few drops on a cotton balls or other piece of rag or fabric and lay them around the boundaries of your beds or planters, and the insects will stay away.

Look for essential oils at many local health stores. If you live in Phoenix, the health food store Sprouts has a great collection of high quality oils for good prices.

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120 Responses to “Keep Insects Away with Essential Oils”

  1. Sarah, great tip! I know Bath & Body Works carries Cinnamon & Clove and Spearmint, never thought of using them as a bug repellent. They aren’t cheap but a little goes a long way.

  2. is this effective against plaguing burundian sugar ants?!

  3. Sarah- that is a great tip and how wonderful to handle your own insect issue without disrespecting the environment. Great post.

  4. like brando, i have ant challenges.

    i’ve tried active yeast/sugar mixes, cinammon, vinegar all to very little avail. in desperation, i’m starting to break out the classic stake poisons and ant traps.

    any suggestions?

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