Saturday, June 1, 2013

Summer 2013 Has Begun!!

School is out for a few months and summer has arrived. I love summer but I hate bugs!! I have seen lots of spiders out in the yard and I don't want them in my house!! So I mixed water, castile soap, and peppermint essential oil and sprayed around my doors. Here is some more info I found about pest control using essential oils:
All you have to do is mix 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle with a half teaspoon of natural soap and 12 drops of one of the following oils to keep pests away. Here is the list: ANTS- Peppermint ( add a line to window and door seals too! ) APHIDS – Peppermint, Sandalwood or White Fir, BEETLES- Peppermint or Thyme, CATERPILLERS- Peppermint , CHIGGERS- Lavender, Lemongrass or Thyme, CUTWORM- Thyme, FLEAS- Lavender, Lemongrass or Peppermint, FLIES- Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint or Rosemary, GNATS- Patchouli, MOSQUITOS- Lavender or Lemongrass, MOTHS- Lavender or Peppermint, PLANT LICE- Peppermint, ROACHES- Eucalyptus, SLUGS- White Fir, SNAILS- Patchouli or White Fir, SPIDERS- Peppermint, TICKS- Lavender, Lemongrass or Thyme, WEEVILS- Patchouli or Sandalwood. When you mix the oils with the water and soap, make sure you shake the bottle frequently to keep the oil mixed with the water. You only need to spray the mixture sparingly because a little goes a long way…essential oils are very powerful. You may need to reapply the mixture every few days to start. So there you have it… a natural way to get rid of the unwanted critters in your yard and garden! : )
Enjoy your summer!!