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Natural Pest Control With Essential Oils

Updated on December 22, 2015

Essential Oils for Pest Control

Pests are some of the biggest problems encountered in every household. Therefore, you can find a lot of chemical products sold in various hardware stores that help to address common pest problems at home. But while using these chemicals might be effective in eliminating these pests, it could also expose your family to harmful chemicals that is hazardous to your health. Therefore, natural pest control with essential oils is the best way to go. This will ensure that you can naturally get rid of your pest problems while keeping your family's health safe.

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While it can be a daunting task trying to overcome problems of pest at home, you must also be aware that your family's health is involved here. Therefore, you need to carefully choose the methods you use to ensure that you effectively overcome your pest problems and still be able to protect the entire family, keeping it safe for your kids.

One way to achieve that is through the use of essential oils. To find out more about which essential oils work best against what type of pests, you can get more details below.

Suggested Essential Oils For Common Pests

When it comes to treating medical conditions in humans, doctors initially perform a diagnosis. The aim here is to identify what medicines or antidote work best in eliminating the causes of the disease. The same approach can also be used in overcoming pests. You need to identify what types of essential oils and what properties found in them that makes them effective against certain types of pests.

To get a quick run-through, you can read the list below:

*Ants – You can use either Peppermint or Spearmint.
*Caterpillars – You can use either Peppermint or Spearmint.
*Fleas – You can use either Peppermint, Spearmint, Lavender, or Lemongrass.
*Snails – You can use either Patchouli, Pine, or Cedarwood.
*Spiders – You can use either Peppermint or Spearmint.
*Slugs – You can use Cedarwood, Hyssop, and Pine.
*Aphids – You can use either Peppermint, Spearmint, Cedarwood, and Hyssop.
*Lice - You can use either Peppermint, Spearmint, and Cedarwood.
*Beetles – You can use either Peppermint or Thyme.
*Ticks – You can use either Thyme, Sage, Lavender, and Lemongrass.
*Moths - You can use either Peppermint, Spearmint, Hyssop, Lavender, and Cedarwood.

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Pest Control Recipes Using Essential Oils

Now that you have identified which essential oils are ideal to use against certain types of pests for a natural pest control effort at home, you must now move onto preparing pest control recipes at home. You can use them in various applications that will dissuade the pests from entering into your home or killing them off completely. You can earn some tips from the common recipes below.


This is a very common problem during rainy seasons and must be addressed since mosquitoes can also serve as disease carrier. Therefore, getting rid of mosquitoes once and for all will help to keep the entire family safe and protected against pests that cause diseases.

The most basic pest control method you can use against mosquitoes is by diffusing lemongrass, lemon, peppermint, or eucalyptus oil. Mosquitoes avert the scent from any of these oils and it will surely keep them away. You can also take your protection from mosquitoes a step further by applying an essential oil mixture on your skin, which is a combination of citronella and carrier oil. Apply the mosquito repellent mixture as you would a lotion and make sure all of your skin is coated with the essential oil lotion.

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This is a common pest problem in your pet cats or dogs. But you need to be careful when choosing the method of application you use to cure fleas in your pet to avoid harming them in the process. You can make your own flea collar that your pet must wear. Make sure you soak it in an essential oil flea collar recipe to effectively get rid of fleas once and for all.

You need to start the recipe by gathering together the following ingredients: 2 drops of lavender oil, 1 drop of citronella, 1 drop of thyme, 1 drop of oregano, 1 drop of cedarwood, and a tablespoon of grain alcohol. Place all ingredients in a measuring cup and make sure it is properly mixed. Once the essential oil mixture is ready, you must place the flea collar into the mixture and allow the essences from the oil to be completely absorbed. Collars made out of pure cotton is ideal to use for this one but home-braided collars will do. This recipe could last for up to a month's use before you can create another recipe and ensure that your pet is completely protected against fleas.

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Aside from your pets, your plants in the garden could be another victim of pests around your house, such as aphids. If you are not prompt in addressing pest control measures against these pests, then it won't be long until you see your prized plants become completely damaged.

You can then prepare the basic essential oil recipe for aphids pest control. For this one, you will be needing half gallon of water, dishwashing soap, 10 drops of your chosen essential oil, and 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. Make sure that the soap is completely incorporated into the liquid mixture before you add the essential oils. Once the essential oil has been added, mix it again until completely incorporated.

Transfer the essential oil pest solution in a spray bottle so you can easily apply it onto your plants. If there are specific areas that are being affected with aphids, you can focus application of the pest control mixture in that area. Some of the best essential oils to use against aphids include tea tree, peppermint, lemon, orange, and spearmint.


Ants is another tricky type of pest to overcome at most households and they are a bit annoying since they often get into your kitchen or some other parts of the house. The most basic method of ant pest control would be to place whole bay leaves or cloves into common routes of the ants. The aroma from the said herbs will turn ants away quickly and effectively.

You can also prepare an essential oil mixture consisting of pine, orange, spearmint, and peppermint essential oils. These oils are known to contain scent that will deter ants quite effectively. Simply spruce the essential oil mixture into a cotton ball and place that in areas where you often find these ants lurk around. Replace the essential oil infused cotton balls after one week to ensure that it remains effective in controlling ants for an effective natural pest control with essential oils.

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  • MarleneB profile image

    Marlene Bertrand 

    2 years ago from USA

    I really like the idea of using essential oils to repel pests. Your tip about being careful in choosing a method is so important. I want to try your solution for ants because I am experiencing an invasion of ants right now and nothing seems to work to get rid of them for long.

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    Lanita Woods 

    3 years ago from United States

    I can attest to using peppermint oils to keep ants away. We have a problem with ants from time to time and whenever I use the peppermint oil it keeps them away. They literally try to avoid going near the areas I place it, so yes it does work and its safe.

  • Lorelai Vano profile image

    Lorelai Petunia Vano 

    3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

    Ahh! Just what I was looking for. I still haven't tried using essential oils for pest control, although I'm trying natural alternatives (mainly diatomite, D.E.). So I'm especially curious if it really works and how much time you need to keep treating to attain control? Anyways, much appreciated. used this article for reference in one of their blog posts.

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    Pest Control Gold Coast 

    8 years ago

    Natural oil as a pest control is a real home remedy; low on cost and quite effective this gets the best results.

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    8 years ago

    Great content! I was looking for natural ways to get rid of pesky pests in our garden. I have given your link to others in our community garden group. Thanks for your help.

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    Pest Control Delhi 

    8 years ago

    This is a great hub . Author has written a unique information material to share with reader on pest control management.

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    9 years ago from Lancashire north west England

    TeresaAnn fantastic hub. I have booked marked this hub for future reference. Natural control is far better than chemical control not only for humans but for many species of beneficial wildlife. Thank you for sharing it with us.


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