Deter Flying Insects Using Essential Oils
Finally. Spring is here. If you live in a tropical area that may not seem like such a big deal to you, but I live up in the great white north (otherwise known as Northern Canada). And we suffer through eight months of bitter cold winter every year. So when birds begin to chirp and the snow starts to melt, I get excited!
But while I love the spring and summer months, they bring with them their own set challenges. One of which is insects – especially those with wings like flies, hornets, bumble bees and moths.
Flies Flies Flies
Last year was an absolute nightmare for me. We live about 2 kilometers (or about 1.25 miles) away from the city dump. I know, not pleasant to think about. Honestly though it isn’t typically a big deal to us except when it gets warm outside. And then house flies become a massive problem. At one point I counted over 30 flies in our house! We were overrun. My husband would go on a warpath with a fly swatter, like a sniper, picking them off one by one. He was a good and loyal soldier but those suckers multiplied faster than rabbits and quickly swayed the tide of battle in their favor.
At one point I was so frustrated, I even took a handheld vacuum and chased after them like a crazy lady. I caught quite a few though. And because I believe in second chances (unlike my husband), I released them outside. I guess flies don’t appreciate second chances because it wasn’t long before my tiresome effort was nulled and voided. They were back. Again.
My “aha” moment hit one evening when my family and I were sitting down to eat our dinner, accompanied by many uninvited guests.
My five year old son had taken his first bite, hovering his hand over his plate in an attempt to protect his food from an onslaught of perpetrators.
“Mom,” he said frustratingly.
“Yes dear,” I replied.
Innocently he asked, “Are there any oils you can use to make these flies leave us alone?”
Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t think of the idea myself because I use essential oils for almost everything in our home. All three of my children have witnessed me using oils since their first days. I suppose it was only normal for him to wonder why his mama wasn’t whipping up some magical oil formula to fix this overwhelming problem of ours.
My plan of action was simple and easy to execute.
How To Make An Insect Repeller
I planned on making a mixture with the best oils for repelling insects. Here is the recipe I came up with.
What You Need
- Stainless Steel Spray Bottle
- 1 ½ Cups Distilled Water
- ½ Cup White Vinegar
- 2 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 3 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 Drops of Citronella Essential Oil
- 3 Drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil
- 2 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
What You Do
Spray liberally around the seal of your windows and into the cracks along your door frames. All essential oils are naturally anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral, so you can even use it to quickly clean any smudges or fingerprints on windows and sliding glass doors while pest-proofing those areas.
I do this every other day. If you do the same, you’ll notice a significant reduction in house flies and other flying (and non-flying) pests.
Granted it doesn’t prevent ALL bugs from getting inside so it’s a good idea to have a diffuser going during the day too. Especially in areas you frequent or where you eat. Doing so will effectively repel them and let you enjoy some peace.
Simply use a single drop of all the oils listed above in your diffuser and it should keep any opportunistic, flying insects at bay.
SPECIAL BONUS: How To Make a Mosquito Repellant
My family and I love to go for long walks outside during the sunny months. It’s a tradition that gives us time to talk and bond. But mosquitos have a tendency of attacking us on these walks. I hate putting synthetic products on myself and children, so I decided to try this oil blend out as a mosquito repellent. It works great! The same oils are used as above, you just need to tweak the recipe slightly.
What You Need
- 3 Tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 1 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 2 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 Drops of Citronella Essential Oil
- 2 Drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil
- 1 Drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
What You Do
Keep the blend in a small glass bottle with a dropper. Then take several drops and rub it all over your exposed skin. Just be careful when applying near the eyes.
Bugs and flies suck.
I look back on this story and laugh today, but my husband and I wasted so much valuable time trying to win a losing battle against those flies. And that was time we could have saved if I had only been proactive with a few essential oils.
With warmer months approaching, give yourself 10 minutes to mix these oils up and pest proof your home. Trust me, you won’t regret it.