When we have a wet spring, I see more more flies, gnats, and mosquitoes than usual. Yet, I keep a spray bottle of essential oil insect repellent under my kitchen sink for unwanted critters. Plus, I also keep a bottle of essential oils in the cabinet for outdoor activities.
Pyrethrins in our home and on our skin are dangerous and can cause all sorts of havoc, but using essential oils and other natural ingredients protect us all, especially the children. These essential oils are all nontoxic and safe around kids, especially in the proper amounts, My son runs around with my essential oil insect repellents spraying insects he wants to rid our home of. What mom can worry about that?
Essential Oil Insect Repellents
Natural insect repellent spray
You will need:
1/2 teaspoon of each oil combination you choose (use the guide below, based on your insect problem)
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of vinegar or witch hazel
Spray bottle (Just pick one up at the dollar store)
To make your insect repellents
Add the essential oils to the water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to mix, then spray directly on offending insects. For more serious problems, I sprinkle essential oils directly on door jams and window sills, then look for cracks and molding I need fixed.
Remember, these are repellents not bug killers.
- Tea tree oil
- Tea tree
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