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Don’t Bug Out: Insect Repelling Essential Oils for Summer

When trying to enjoy the fresh summer weather, pesky insects are one of the last things you want to deal with! If you find yourself with a new bug bite every time you dip your big toe outside, you may want to consider using essential oils as a natural and effective bug repellent.


Throughout your home, are spiders constantly trying to create wall decorations for you with their intricate webs? Use a potent mix of Peppermint Essential Oil and water to lightly spray around dark corners and any areas where they may have nested. Spiders hate the smell of peppermint and this can be a great way to discourage them from invading your space and becoming your mini interior decorators.


Mosquitoes know as one of the biggest seasonal nuisances! To prevent them from making your skin look like a “Connect the Dots” puzzle, there are a variety of essential oils that you can use to effectively repel them:

Citronella, Basil, Peppermint, Garlic, Lemongrass, Lavender, Catnip, Bergamot, and White Camphor.

You can combine oils and experiment with mixes to create a solution that smells lovely to you while smelling downright horrible to them! We recommend using Citronella Essential Oil as a base because it is well known to be detested by mosquitoes.

Fruit Flies and No-See-Ums

Lemongrass, Lavender, Peppermint, and Clove essential oils can all be used as an easy way to deter these little guys away from your home and garden. Try saturating cotton balls and wiping down the surfaces in rooms where they tend to gather. This will create a beautiful aroma in these spaces while causing them to want to fly out of there ASAP!


Ants tend to have a knack for invading your home in a few short hours if their powerful odor receptors get a whiff of anything that entices them. Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Patchouli essential oils are all known to cause a disruption in their smelling capabilities, making it tough for them to find food sources in your home.


That constant buzzing sound that flies make causes them to become very annoying, very quickly if they manage to get into your home. To get rid of them without the use of harmful chemicals, you can create a custom essential oil spray out of Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Cedarwood, and Lemongrass. Combine any number of these with distilled water and spray liberally around your home to prevent these loud, uninvited guests from entering.


If you’re looking for an all-natural roach repellent, Tea Tree Oil, Oregano, Rosemary, and Cypress essential oils are reported as an effective deterrent! Create a diluted mixture of your oil(s) of choice and spray it in areas you tend to find the roaches exploring. You can even try pouring Lavender Essential Oil in a dish of water and placing it where roaches may enter to easily repel them.

We hope you find use in these natural insect and bug repellents! Try out these recipes to protect your home or a full-fledged buggy attack when you venture outside. We invite you to check out our diverse line of essential oils to aid in your pursuit.

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