In warmer climates, it’s impossible to get rid of bugs no matter how hard you try. The heaviest chemicals sometimes won’t even work against the army of bugs that have taken up residence inside your home. When chemicals don’t work, or if you’re trying to avoid using harsh chemicals within your home, you may want to turn to another solution: essential oils. Using an essential oil diffuser from Everlasting Comfort, you can effectively rid your home of annoying insects.
Can Essential Oils Really Repel Bugs?
You may ask yourself, “Is it really possible to get rid of bugs in my home by using an essential oil diffuser?” And the answer is yes! Many harsh chemical killers and repellants use essential oils because certain bugs don’t like them. However, you may need different oils for different bugs, as not all insects are repelled by the same oils.
10 Essential Oils That Keep Bugs Away
Because of that, we’ve put together a handy list just for you. Here are ten different types of essential oils that can get rid of bugs within your home.
Cedarwood is a great natural insect repellant most often used to keep away moths. Cedar mulch is often used in soil to keep insects away from plants, but it can be used in other ways as well. If you have a mouth problem, you can use cedarwood to keep them away. Cedarwood may also be good for repelling mosquitos, flies, and silverfish.
Cinnamon is an especially strong-smelling essential oil, which helps to repel bugs. Most commonly, it will repel wasps, earwigs, bed bugs, silverfish, and spiders. Cinnamon is a great essential oil to run in your bedroom, especially while trying to get rid of a bed bug infestation.
The smell of peppermint is hated by a vast majority of insects, making diffusing it within your home a great option.
Citronella is the most popular choice when it comes to repelling mosquitos. Citronella masks scents that attract bugs, like lactic acid and carbon dioxide. By masking these scents, they’ll no longer appeal to mosquitos, keeping them at bay.
As stated by the CDC, lemon eucalyptus is great for use as a natural mosquito repellent. Lemon eucalyptus evaporates very slowly, so it will continue working even after you turn off your essential oil diffuser for the day.
Lavender is an incredibly gentle essential oil, which makes it a great one for everyday use. It can be used indoors or outdoors and even applied directly to plants and furniture. Lavender is good for keeping lice, flies, gnats, bed bugs, moths, spiders, ticks, and fruit flies away.
Not only does lemongrass smell lovely, but it’s also great for keeping away chiggers, fleas, flies, fruit flies, mosquitos, and ticks. Their best use, however, is for fruit flies, as this fruity scent will attract them very easily, allowing you to easily trap and kill them. Lemongrass isn’t a great option for using in your diffuser, but you can make a vinegar and essential oil solution to trap them.
Sweet orange and other citrus essential oils contain limonene, which is actually lethal to fleas and flies, making this a great option if you’re looking to get rid of either within your home. Ants, cockroaches, lice, moths, gnats, silverfish, weevils, ticks, and spiders all hate the smell of peppermint, making it a solid choice.
Add another use for tea tree oil to your list because it’s also great for getting rid of insects. Some people even use it as an insecticide on their indoor and outdoor plants!
Spearmint, like peppermint, is also hated by a wide variety of different insects, making it a great option to run in your essential oil diffuser throughout the day. If you’re trying to decide between peppermint and spearmint, spearmint is safer for use around children because it has a lower concentration of menthol.
How to Repel Bugs With Your Diffuser
Depending on the essential oil, there are a few ways that you can use it to repel bugs. In most cases, you can put a few drops of the essential oil into your diffuser and let it run for a few hours. You should notice a decrease in bugs. You can use essential oil diffusers inside and outside. However, when using a diffuser outside, they work best in screened-in areas, like patios.
At Everlasting Comfort, we create high-quality essential oil diffusers for many different uses, including repelling bugs.