Essential oils bugs don’t like

Hospitality is good and all, but I draw the line and hosting insects. Ewww!  Here is a list of some oils to discourage the nasty little things.

Ants: Don’t like Peppermint or Spearmint. I can personally testify to the Peppermint thing, which was the only way I was able to win the war on hordes of ants marching into my home one summer. I drew a line (literally) on the metal threshold of my sliding glass door, and it was the only thing able to convince the little critters to stay away from my kitchen thank-you-very-much!

Aphids: Don’t like Cedarwood, Hyssop, Peppermint, or Spearmint.

Beetles: Can’t stand Peppermint or Thyme

Caterpillars: Stay away from Spearmint or Peppermint.

Cutworms: Don’t like Thyme or Sage

Fleas: Annoying little things who like to hitch a ride on our furry kids, don’t like Peppermint, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Lavender or Idaho Tansy.

Flies: Avoid the smell of Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, or Idaho Tansy.

Gnats: Don’t like Patchouly or Spearmint.

Lice: Scram when they smell Cedarwood, Peppermint, or Spearmint.

Mosquitoes: Don’t like Lavender, Lemongrass, or Idaho Tansy

Moths: Go bother someone else when they smell Hyssop, Lavender, Peppermint, or Spearmint.

Slugs: Ewww! Can’t stand Cedarwood, Hyssop, or Pine.

Snails: Heave-ho them nasty plant-chompers with Cedarwood, Pine, or Patchouly

Ticks: Don’t like Lemongrass, Sage, or Thyme.

Weevils: Don’t hang out around Cedarwood, Patchouly, or Sandalwood.

These are all oils which some people have found helpful in relieving themselves of insect conventions.  I have not personally tried all of them myself, so your mileage may vary. However, it is giving me ideas to go see what happens when I put a drop of Cedarwood on a snail or two. I know salt makes them explode or something (never did it myself). But I think my poor garden would thank me, regardless.

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