What impresses me the most about essential oils is that there are SO many uses for them. Case in point, this ant repellent! I just can't get over how something as simple as pure Peppermint essential oil will keep ants and spiders away. They don't like it one bit! It's a great alternative to pesticides.
I recently had an outbreak of tiny red ants in my home. They were hanging out by the bathroom sink, I guess enjoying toothpaste remnants??
Anyway, I was able to mist this spray all around the sink and countertop of my kids bathroom. After a quick wipe down, the kids bathroom was not only ant free, but also clean and fresh smelling! Now what other ant spray can say that?
White vinegar is another popular home remedy for ants. Here's the recipe for how to keep ants away without pesticides!
Peppermint Essential Oil to Repel Ants and Bugs
Peppermint oil is an essential oil that has many uses. It can be used for repelling bugs and for getting rid of ants. Peppermint oil is a natural way to keep pests away from your home.
To repel bugs, add a few drops of peppermint oil to a diffuser. You can also add it to a spray bottle and spray it around your home. The peppermint oil will keep bugs away.
DIY Peppermint Essential Oil Spray for Ants
Summertime is when ants seem to invade our homes more often. Whether they're looking for food or water, these tiny insects can be a real nuisance. Thankfully, there's a simple and all-natural way to get rid of them!
This easy homemade recipe uses just three ingredients, and it's been shown to be as effective as store-bought sprays. Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own peppermint essential oil spray for ants.
- 20 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- Distilled water
- 4 oz glass spray bottle
- Fill your spray bottle up 3/4 way with distilled water
- Add in white vinegar
- Add in peppermint essential oil
- Place the lid back on and shake
To use: Spray the ant area generously. Wipe area down with paper towels so you can throw them away. Be sure to cover the entire ant trail to remove the scent they have left behind for future ant friends. You may need to repeat the process a few time for stubborn ant problems.
As an ant deterrent, spray of the bottom of your door frames and window ledges, inside and out, and the ants and spiders will be running in the other direction!
*Keep the spray bottle out of reach of children and pets. This is not something you want anyone to drink obviously.
What Essential Oils are Good for Bug Repellent?
When it comes to keeping pesky bugs at bay, there's no need to rely on harsh chemicals. In fact, there are a number of essential oils that can do the trick. Here are some of the best essential oils for bug repellent:
1. Citronella Essential Oil
Citronella is a powerful essential oil that is known for its bug-repelling properties. It is a natural insecticide that can help keep bugs like mosquitoes and ticks at bay. Check out our Citronella Diffuser Blends!
2. Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass is another mosquito and tick repellent. It has a strong, lemony scent that helps keep bugs at bay.
3. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is a natural insecticide that is effective against a number of bugs, including mosquitoes, ticks, and flies.
4. Cedar Essential Oil
Cedar is a natural tick repellent. It has a strong, woodsy scent that helps keep ticks at bay.
5. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree is a natural insecticide that can help keep mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests at bay. It has a strong, minty scent that is refreshing and revitalizing.
6. Clove Essential Oil
Clove oil is a powerful essential oil that has been shown to be an effective insect repellent. It can be used alone or in combination with other essential oils.
While all of these essential oils are effective for bug repellent, it is important to note that they may not be effective for all types of bugs. It is best to do some research to see which essential oils are effective against the specific type of bug that you are trying to repel.
More Peppermint Essential Oil Benefits
The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to improve respiratory health, improve mental clarity, and increase energy levels. Peppermint oil is also beneficial for digestion, skin health, and hair growth. Additionally, it is a powerful antifungal and antibacterial agent.
- Improved energy
- Relief from pain and inflammation
- Mental clarity
- Digestive function
- Respiratory health
Where to Buy Essential Oil?
I am frequently asked what essential oil brand we use at Loving Essential Oils. We are not exclusive to one company and actually enjoy trying a variety of brands and essential oils. When buying oils it is important to buy only 100% pure essential oils from a reputable company. Don't just buy on price alone, research the company if you are not familiar with them.
Here are several reputable brands we use:
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