Get Rid of Bugs with Essential Oils

Essential oils are safe around small children and pets, are free of synthetic fragrances and are not cruelly tested on animals. Here are some essential oils and ways to rid the bugs using them:

  • Ants: Peppermint, Spearmint
  • Mosquitoes: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Cinnamon, Rosemary, lavender, lemon grass
  • Flies: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Tea Tree, 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


EO’s like peppermint, tea tree, and citrus have intense smells that bugs especially spiders, as much as we find them pleasant, find them unpleasant and overwhelming. Put 5-7 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle (about 16 ounces is good), and fill mostly to the top with warm water. Add a squirt of dish soap, place the top on, and give the mixture a good shake. Test on an inconspicuous area, and then spray in the corners of window frames, along door cracks, or in dark dingy places bugs and spiders may be hiding out.


In a world full of biological pesticides which don’t work very well, orange oil stands out because it wipes out or repels entire colonies, and prevents re-infestations, instead of simply killing bugs and insects individually. D-limonene (the main constituent of orange oil) is harmless to humans, but deadly to most bugs/insects because it dissolves the waxy coating on the exoskeleton causing dehydration and asphyxiation.

How to use: You can make an orange oil spray by simply diluting it in water. This oil is so effective at killing bugs, that you should be aware of which bugs you are spraying (if using in your home garden), as this can also kill beneficial bugs and pollinators.


Lavender oil have always been used to address bug and mite infestations of all kind (especially bed bugs), and it is usually their strong scent that keeps these tiny critters at bay.

How to use: If you opt for the concentrated form, then you can easily add a few drops of the oil across the corners of the bed frame and the strong scent will last for days; not only will it destroy the existing bed bugs and their eggs, but will also leave a pleasant smell that will certainly appeal to you.

General Safety Information: Do not take any blends internally. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before. Skin sensitivity may occur in sun when blend ingredients contain citrus oils. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Keep out of reach of children.