Insects are an essential part of the earth's ecosystem, as they consume all sorts of organic matter, which is later recycled into the soil. Even though insects are helpful to the earth's ecosystem, this does not mean you want to invite them into your home. The following are 2 natural essential oils that may help keep insects out of your home.
1. Use Cedar Oil To Your Advantage
Cedar oil comes from cedar wood and has strong anti-bug properties that should help repel insects from your home. The thujate and thujic acid content in cedar oil should help keep insects from infesting your home in the following ways:
- The oil will dehydrate bugs through osmosis and eventually kill them. But don't worry; most insects run away before they get to the point of death.
- Insects natural fluid production will be halted, aiding to their dehydration.
- The scent of this oil is so strong that it does not allow insects to pick up smells as they normally would.
- Dissolves eggs, larvae, and pupae.
- Insects depend on pheromones (or smells) that help them move, reproduce, and eat; cedar oil blocks pheromones.
You can purchase cedar oil from your local health food store or online, and simply add a few drops to cotton balls, and place them around your home. Or you can add 5 drops in 2 cups of water, which you can pour into a sprayer to spray your home from time to time.
2 Give Eucalyptus A Whirl
Eucalyptus is another strong oil that should help repel insects from your home. The reason is simply because of its strong odor, which is caused by its high eucalyptol content. Eucalyptol should help repel insects because they will perceive the smell as something hazardous to their health. You will also be masking any possible food that could otherwise invite an infestation, like organic matter, hair, food oils, human oils, among many more insect attractors.
You should also be aware that a particular type of eucalyptus, called lemon eucalyptus, was found to be very effective against mosquitoes by a recent study, just in case you deal with mosquitos.
To use this oil, just add ¼ a teaspoon of eucalyptus to 1 cup of water, which you can later transfer to a spray bottle. Be sure to shake your mixture before using it, as oil tends to separate from water given enough time.
You can also talk to your pest control specialist about any concerns you may have or if you already have an infestation, as these solutions are preventative. You will need professional pest-removing techniques to get rid of a full-blown insect invasion.
For professional pest control, contact a company such as B & W Pest Control.