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Essential Oils To Get Rid Of Bugs & Make Your Home Smell Wonderful – Springtime Cottage

Let us look at some easy ways to use essential oils get rid of some “hard to deal with” insects that can be annoying at times.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is very popular and has always been used to get rid of bugs and mites that infest the home especially bed bugs. The pungent aroma of this oil is unbearable to the mites so it automatically drives them away whenever it is present and it keeps them away.

How to use: Sprinkle a few drops across the corners of the bed frame and the mites and their eggs will be destroyed. But that’s not all, it will leave a pleasant smell that will appeal to you for days.


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Orange oil

If you are thinking of organic pesticides then Orange essential oil is the best choice. It is so potent that it doesn’t just kill individual insects but it causes devastation on them in wiping out colonies and prevents re-infestation.

There is a component in orange oil which is called D-limonene which is harmless to humans but lethal to most bugs or insects. It is so powerful that it melts the waxy outer coating on their exoskeleton causing dehydration and asphyxiation.

How to use: Dilute the orange oil in water using 1/4 cup water to 15 drops of orange oil and place in a spray bottle. Because of the potency and effectiveness of this oil in killing bugs, you should be careful if using it in your garden as it can also kill some of the good garden bugs and the pollinators. So spray with caution.

 Peppermint oil

This is good for making a mosquito repellent and can keep away other flying insects. How to use: wet a piece of cloth or a cotton swab and spread the oil on windows, doors, and baseboards to keep the annoying insects at bay. They will not come near such a scent.

Rosemary oil

This oil is an effective and robust repellant that will assist in keeping away many different insects such as Mosquitos, flies, and fleas.

Rosemary oil is also great for hindering worms like the cabbage looper caterpillar whose voracious appetite for juicy vegetable foliage can easily destroy complete crops of fruit vegetables such as, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and even some root vegetables if left uninterrupted.

Lemongrass Oil-Mosquito Repellent  

Want to sit at ease on your patio, veranda or deck without disturbance from these annoying pests? Mosquitos will, by all means, shun the presence of lemongrass. The scent of the plant alone makes them stay clear of the areas where lemongrass is grown.

The oil is by far more concentrated with flavor than the plant so you can be sure that they will leave you alone if you have a repellant made with this oil.

How to make?

 In a small spray bottle place one cup rubbing alcohol and 8 drops of lemongrass essential oil. Give it a good shake and use in the areas of your skin that are exposed.

Big Bug Repellent

Make a good bug repellant for the big bugs as follows: In a spray bottle of ten ounces of warm water put three tablespoons of dish soap and seven drops of peppermint oil and give it a good shake. Then spray in the small corners and cracks that spiders, cockroaches, and other bugs may be hiding.

The best essential oils for bugs are as follows:

Ants: Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit

Mosquitoes: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Cinnamon, Rosemary, lavender, lemongrass

Flies: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Melaleuca, Rosemary

Spider: Peppermint, Spearmint

Ticks: Oregano, Thyme

Fleas: Peppermint, Lemongrass, Spearmint

Cockroaches: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, tea tree oil

Snails: cedarwood, pine

Beetles: peppermint, thyme

Aphids: Peppermint, Spearmint, Sandalwood

Silverfish: Clove, Peppermint

Love Bugs: Peppermint

Squash Bugs: Neem Oil

Alternative ways to use essential oils

You can also diffuse clove oil, Citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus or Lemon Verbena essential oils to repel flying insects.

Clove oil is pretty strong so it is best to dilute it with another oil of your choice. Simply place clove oil in a candle burner or essential oil diffuser. Mix 2 – 3 drops (or less) with another 2 – 3 drops of oil that you like and add them to the water recipient. Keep it on for only 30 minutes and make sure the room is well-ventilated!

Point to note: When using essential oils for direct skin contact, it is recommended that you use a carrier oil to dilute the essential so as to prevent any form of skin irritation as the potency of essential oils may cause such- they are very concentrated in their original form.

Carrier Oils are oils that are used to dilute essential oils, making them more skin-friendly.

Carrier oils include: coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil, oilve oil and so on.

How To Eradicate Silverfish In Your Home

Silverfish or fish moths are tiny insects with carrot-shaped bodies, they are often white, brownish-grey or bluish-silver in color. They are nocturnal creatures so they come out at nights only to search for food. Therefore, just like termites, they can go undetected for a long period, and cause destruction on your belongings.

These silvery insects feed on starch and animal protein; consequently, they are especially attracted to damp clothing and paper. Once they have gained a footing in your house, they get to work, silently destroying clothes, papers, books, leather items, and even wallpaper. OKC pest control has even heard reports of people finding them in unopened food packages!

Silverfish are most commonly found in laundry rooms, kitchens, damp cabinets or cupboards, basements, and attics as they prefer cold, dark, and damp places.

Here we will explain four (4)ways to solve your silverfish problems.

1. Essential Oil Combo

For this, you will need:

1 cup of water

1 cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon boric acid

8 drops of Tea Tree Oil

8 drops of Lavender Oil

Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray in all infested areas to eradicate silverfish.

2. Use Clove Essential Oils

You can also rub clove essential oil over cracks and crevices in your walls or foundation to keep silverfish away.

In a spray bottle, you could mix half cup rubbing alcohol and 15 drops of clove essential oil. Shake well and use it in areas prone to silverfish build up.

3. Use Cloves to Repel


Cloves contain eugenol, this is a compound that is highly beneficial in preventing tooth decay in us humans, it also serves as a highly powerful natural insecticide.

Whole cloves have an expressly strong smell that effectively repulses silverfish. This property of cloves can be used to an advantage to prevent and eradicate silverfish infestations in your house.

Here are a few ways to do it

Place a small bowl of cloves in areas that show signs of silverfish invasion. You may also place small bowls containing cloves in your basement or attic, or any other damp and dark areas that are vulnerable to silverfish.

Alternatively, you can place small muslin pouches containing cloves in these said areas. You may also place the pouches in your wardrobe or bathroom cabinets to keep silverfish at bay. Replace the spices every 7 to 8 days to keep the clove smell strong and effective.

4. Use Borax

You may have heard of borax as an efficient stain remover; however, did you know that chemically borax is the salt of boric acid and is equally effective at eliminating silverfish?

Borax is highly toxic for silverfish, the issue is how to make them consume it? The solution is to mix borax with powdered white sugar (confectioner’s sugar is good) and place in an area convenient for them.

Warning!!! Be careful however if you have any pets or baby in the house. Never place this mixture in their sight of where they can reach it, we do not want any accidents.

How to do it:

Just mix 3 tablespoons of borax and 3 tablespoons of powdered white sugar in a small bowl until evenly combined. Place in areas that are prone to silverfish infestation. They will eat and say goodbye world. Saturate the same areas for at least a week or until all signs of silverfish are no more.


Essential Oils To Get Rid Of Bugs & Make Your Home Smell Wonderful

Essential Oils To Get Rid Of Bugs & Make Your Home Smell Wonderful

Explore the versatility of essential oils and how life-changing they can be for you!


    To get rid of ants, use any of the following mixed in a spray bottle 20 drops to a half cup vinegar and half cup water: Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon, Orange, and Grapefruit.

    Make a spray for Mosquitoes using any of these in the portion of 20 drops to a cup of rubbing alcohol: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Cinnamon, Rosemary, lavender, lemongrass

    All of the oils below can be mixed using 20 drops per half cup of water. But to make the mixture a bit more unpleasant for the insects you may add in 1/4 cup vinegar or rubbing alcohol.

    Flies: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Melaleuca, Rosemary

    Spider: Peppermint, Spearmint

    Ticks: Oregano, Thyme

    Fleas: Peppermint, Lemongrass, Spearmint

    Cockroaches: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, tea tree oil

    Snails: cedarwood, pine

    Beetles: peppermint, thyme

    Aphids: Peppermint, Spearmint, Sandalwood

    Silverfish: Clove, Peppermint

    Love Bugs: Peppermint

    Squash Bugs: Neem Oil

    When applying any of these in the garden use only water and dish soap. Use 20 drops to one cup of water and two teaspoons dish soap.


  1. How about silver fish
    What oil is good to get rid of those pest ?

    • Springtime Cottage

      We have updated it with that for you Martha.

      • Did you say that cedarwood
        essential oil would work on getting rid of sliver fish??

        If yes how do I use it ?Dilute it with coconut oil , water or what?

        • Springtime Cottage

          No Martha, I did not include cedarwood essential oil in the 8 ways i have listed. see here

    • Does anyone know what repels the yellow fly? We have them awful bad in Florida. I think sometimes they are called deer flies. All know is that they are micro komakazi flies. Not like a common housefly. They attack like mosquitoes! !

  2. I live in country on 6 acres so only need area around immediate trafficked. So to saturate around house with the repellants you have listed will be a good start. Will keep you posted…

    • Springtime Cottage

      Ok Donna, we look forward to your return. have a great week.

  3. This would have been more enjoyable reading without the thanks for visiting window in the middle of the page.

  4. I live deep in the north woods of Minnesota on the Canadian border. The mosquitoes are so terrible here this year I can’t even handle hanging my clothes out midday in the sun without showering in bug spray. I grow lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, and all the “bug repellent ” plants but I think the sheer number of bugs is too much. I have tried many of the repellent oils to no avail (slight relief but the bugs are maddening still) but the orange oil is one I have not heard of or trying, I will be mixing some up today to try! Thank you for sharing!

    • My father in law puts a dryer sheet in his pocket when he mows the lawn. He says mosquitoes dont bother him. Leave some hanging out.

  5. Is there any good oil for nits. A friends children are infested with them. The mum reckons she can’t get rid of them

    • Springtime Cottage

      Oh yes there is Julie. I will do an article on that just for you. I do understand your concern for your friend’s children and i appreciate you asking on their behalf. We will publish a post on how to use essential oils to get rid of those head lices/ Nits as soon as possible.

    • We use tea tree oil in our shampoo to help not get lice. My son went to Tawian a few years ago on a missions trip. My son and one other person had tea tree oil in their shampoo. They were the only two that came back home without headlice.

      • Springtime Cottage

        I love this reply. Thank you so much for that information. Tea tree oil is definitely good for it.

        • Tea tree oil, mayo, and vinegar mixture at night in the hair wrapped in plastic wrap overnight.

    • Hi, bit messy but they swear by it: MAYONNAISE rub it in leave it on they sufocante!!! Then wash the mess and use that fine comb. A side benefit leaves the hair soft and shiny, try it

  6. Can anyone recommend a good oil to get rid of spider crickets? Also known as cave crickets? I usually put down diamaciou earth powder but it’s very messy.

    • Frenchie

      Fly bait, used for horse stalls it kills them instantly

  7. Raby's lady

    Anyone know of a good oil to get rid of red hornets they have taken over the faucet of my house and my daughter in law is allergic.

    • Springtime Cottage

      Peppermint and lemongrass essential oils mixed with hot water and dish soap!!! They will just die right there.

  8. Catherine Williams

    Never thought of using essential oils to get rid of bugs but like the idea of it.

  9. How do I use peppermint oil on cats with fleas???

    • Springtime Cottage

      Based on my research, Peppermint is not good for cats. I do not have a definite solution for you yet but i will check and let you know.

      • Karen M Brown

        Essential Oils publishes a book available on Amazon, that is essential oils for use on cats, dogs, birds, etc…. If you have pets, might be a good idea to have that book! I have it and have read it!

    • Diatomaceous earth worked very well for getting rid of fleas on cat and though out the house.

      • Bob, how would I apply the Diatomaceous earth to my cat? My furniture? I’ll look forward to your reply. Thank you

        • Nola Mancini

          Hi Sue, you just rub the diatomaceous earth in your cat’s fur and put some on its bedding.

  10. I have HUGE peoblem with Box Elder bugs. Any suggestuins

    • Springtime Cottage

      Sure Kathken! Make a solution with water and dish soap. water= 4 cups,dish soap=2 teaspoons. Shake well and spray the bugs.

  11. What ratio of peppermint and thyme to kill beetles? Is it safe to spray directly on the plant leaves? Thank you!

    • Springtime Cottage

      Hello Brenda Crank,
      The ratio of oils are generally 10 drops to 15 drops of essential oils to a cup of water. You do not need to mix the oils in this case, one oil will do the trick.
      Yes they can be sprayed directly on the plant leaves.

    • Thanks so much for your quick response. Since EO’s are expensive I will now only use the specific ones mentioned in your BUG TIPS. LOVE ALL YOUR ARTICLES. FANTASTIC READING AND VERY INFORMATIVE

      • Springtime Cottage

        Vicky! You are such a kind person. I am humbled by such a nice response from you. Thank you so much. It means a whole lot!!!

  12. So far the beetles are coming right back. I used 15 drops of peppermint to every cup of water. Using 8 cups total in a spray bottle and throughly saturated the plants. The beetles scattered but came back.

    • Springtime Cottage

      Ok Brenda,
      I will now give you a few more options. Try adding dawn dish soap to the solution and increase the drops to 20 per cup of water. Use a teaspoon of dish soap per cup.
      The other solution is to use cedarwood chips (if you have cedarwood available to you). Place some in a container of water and let it steep overnight like tea. use this solution to wet all the garden.

  13. I am reapply today with 20 peppermint/cup and the 1tsp dawn/cup. I stirred up some beetles but not as many as the 1st application. Hopefully this does the trick. Thank you!

  14. Katherine

    What is a good solution for getting rid of ants?

  15. Hi, The past two weeks we kept finding flies in our kitchen bay window and our living room window that is at the other even of the house. There was no fruit out. Not any food so we have not found why we are having a problem.
    What type of oil or spray can I use. We have two indoor cats
    What can be used and not harm them?
    Thank you.

    • Springtime Cottage

      Thank you for your very smart question Debbie. It is always wise to ask questions where pets are concerned. There are three essential oils that are considered safe for cats. Cedarwood, Lemongrass and rosemary oils. Please be also reminded to keep high scented perfumes and air fresheners at a very minimal. Cats do not handle high scented areas well. when using the essential oils be sure to dilute it so the scent is at a very low concentration where you can hardly smell it. Sorry but that is how to make the cats feel comfortable and at home in your house.

    • Springtime Cottage

      In 1 cup of water mix 25 drops of orange oil, 7 drops of clove oil and 2 teaspoons of dish soap. Make a spray and make them pay.

    • Springtime Cottage

      I would just smash them on sight. But if you want to do a mixture that they hate and one that will cause some damage to them here goes. In 1 cup of rubbing alcohol add 20 drops of orange oil, 10 drops of clove oil and 10 drops of cedarwood oil. Put in a spray bottle and spray away.

  16. Any essential oils to get rid of a sweet skunk!!!!

    • Springtime Cottage

      Ha ha ha! Good one Sylvie!!!

      • I call it sweet cause it doesn’t spray and has been living under my shed for over a year. But I really do have one and I’m always scared after sundown that I will come face to face with it. I took a chance asking in case you had something that would bother its nose.

  17. Need info on a cat repellent. They poop on our property.

  18. Karen M Brown

    What is the orange oil mixture? How many orange parts to water parts?

    • Springtime Cottage

      Thank you for your question and your suggestion Karen, I have updated the information for you.

  19. What can you use to get rid of red washers. Somehow they have gotten into my attic and we are having a hard time getting them out. I really hate to go with chemicals but I’m afraid we may have to.

    • Springtime Cottage

      Hello Marsha, I appreciate the question. But I really do not know what red washers are.

  20. This might be a stupid question but can you just combine a little of all these EO’s along with vinegar, alcohol and Dawn Dish Detergent ???

    • Springtime Cottage

      Hey Vicky Miller,
      I appreciate your question, it is not stupid at all.
      I would not do such a thing because essential oils are expensive -in my opinion. So I would rather get the ones that I need for the bugs that I have a current problem with. If I do not need the EO, I will not buy it.
      And even though I now have a lot of EOs, I won’t waste one drip. If you have them all and want to try and see how that works, you are welcome to let us know how it turned out. But I would not do that.

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