When people think about ways to use essential oils, they generally come up with bodily applications and diffusion within their space. These methods can help a person to feel better and avoid germs. But, essential oils can also help you by applying them outside your space, namely the exterior of your home. Your home can benefit from essential oils by helping to deter bugs and pests.
This is the time of year when wasps in my area are looking to build nests. I have found that by spraying a solution with essential oils of Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), I can keep wasps and yellowjackets from setting up shop. These oils were studied and found to be significant repellants, along with pennyroyal, ylang ylang, spearmint, wintergreen, sage, lavender, patchouli, citronella, Roman chamomile, thyme, fennel seed, anise and peppermint.
Another thing that repels insects and spiders is spraying a general bug repellant (like our Outdoor Freedom spray) on your screen doors. It helps to keep them from hanging around when you try to exit the door, and it deters the smaller bugs from crawling inside the holes in the screen. This way you are free to let the summer breeze in your house without bringing bugs with it.
For keeping away other unwanted visitors, try these tips from Valerie Ann Worwood:
Use peppermint essential on cloth strips to keep away mosquitoes.
Place lavender around the window frame to discourage flies and moths.
Peppermint or spearmint at up to a 30% dilution can be sprayed to get rid of mice.
I hope these ideas keep your summer enjoyable and pest free.