Pest Control with Essential Oils
This is the time of year for pest control. Remember, we don't need poisons to kill pests. We can get rid of them with substances that are harmless to the environment and healthful to us. Below is a list of Young Living Essential Oils that will solve most of your pest problems around the house.
Thanks to David Stewart!
How-To Tips for Pest Control
Get a pistol-grip squirt bottle. Mix a few drops of the essential oil with some water, shake it up, and start firing. If you have bugs on your plants, like aphids on your roses, you can squirt the leaves and drive the bugs away with no harm to your plant. You can do the same with the other pests.
As for ants, you can smear a line of peppermint or spearmint across your kitchen counter or floor and the ants won't cross it. If you already have a line of ants invading your house, just draw a line of oil across them and they will turn back. It is fun to watch.
And as for flies, you can knock them dead right out of the air with one shot from your pistol grip.
Specific Oils for Specific Insects
ANTS - Peppermint Spearmint
APHIDS - Cedarwood Hyssop Peppermint Spearmint
BEETLES - Peppermint Thyme
CATERPILLARS - Spearmint Peppermint
CHIGGERS - Lavender Lemongrass Sage Thyme
CUTWORM - Thyme Sage
FLEAS - Peppermint Lemongrass Spearmint Lavender
FLIES - Lavender Peppermint Rosemary Sage
GNATS - Patchouli Spearmint
LICE - Cedarwood peppermint Spearmint
MOSQUITOES - Lavender Lemongrass
PLANT LICE - Peppermint Spearmint
MOTHS - Cedarwood Hyssop Lavender Peppermint Spearmint
SLUGS - Cedarwood Hyssop Pine
SNAILS - Cedarwood Pine Patchouli
SPIDERS - Peppermint Spearmint
TICKS - Lavender Lemongrass Sage Thyme
WEEVILS - Cedarwood Patchouli Sandalwood
For David Stewart's Brown Recluse Experiment click here.
Safe Insect Repellants
As far as repellants go, when you go into the woods and fields, put a little lavender around your ankles, wrists, and waist-band and you won't have to worry about chiggers or ticks (or Lyme Disease of Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever). Lemongrass, sage or thyme would work, too, but might irritate your skin so put it on your pant cuffs and shirt sleeves. As for your pets, you can put oils such as Purification, around their necks and backs, but watch to keep oils from around their eyes.
So there you have it. Non-toxic pest control.