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Top 7 Essential Oils for Repelling Bugs  Closetsamples-Subscribe-Bar-Oct2019.png

 Winged insects flying around your kitchen and house are major annoyances. Pests in your garden and around your property can seem almost impossible to get rid of. In fact, you may be so fed up you are ready to poison your house with some kind of toxic bug spray or use pesticides to eliminate unwanted insects. There is a better way.
Here are 7 essential oils from the e-book Natural Homestead: 40+ Recipes for Natural Critters & Crops by Jill Winger that work. Jill Winger uses her sprays in order to repel flies and other insects from her cows and other outdoor animals. If you are homesteading, this is an effective way to keep biting flies and mosquitoes off of your animals. While these solutions don’t usually kill bugs, they do work to repel them and could be used in strategic places around the house.

Seven Essential Oils

Seven of the top essential oils you can use in your fly spray concoctions include citronella, pine, peppermint, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood and rosemary.
  • citronella: Not only does citronella help to repel flies in your garden, according to Winger, but also ants, fleas, gnats, mosquitoes, moths, nematodes, and ticks.
  • pine: Veteran campers know that pinecones can be used to repel mosquitoes. Pine has also been known to keep fleas and ticks away.
  • lavender: While it attracts beneficial bees in its foliate state, as an essential oil lavender can be strengthened with other oils to effectively repel mosquitoes.
  • peppermint: In her book, Natural Homestead, Winger credits peppermint oil as an effective non-toxic repellent for - ants, aphids, bean beetle, flies, lice, moths, beetles, spiders [and] squash bugs.
  • patchouli: This essential oil is effective in inhibiting the onset of bed bugs, ants, fleas, lice, and other creeping and crawling creatures. In the garden, Winger recommends it for repelling gnats, snails, weevils, and wooly aphids.
  • sandalwood: In the garden, Winger recommends sandalwood for keeping weevils and aphids at bay. It has also been known for its properties to repel mosquitoes.
  • rosemary: This essential oil can be used as an ingredient in a spray that is used to repel flies, which is one of Winger's uses of rosemary oil.

Rosemary Vinegar Fly Spray

Jill Winger recommends the following recipe in her book, Natural Homestead:
2 cups water
10 drops melaleuca essential oil (tea tree oil)
3 drops natural liquid dish soap (not castile soap)
Winger advises combining the ingredients in a spray bottle and applying it frequently. For homesteaders, this is extremely valuable information. In her book, Winger provides recipes like this as well as more than 40 others for homesteaders and those who are interested in using natural essential oils around the home.  
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