The temperatures are warming and the humidity is rising and with those the flying insects and other pests are hatching and becoming a nuisance.
There are several essential oils you can use to help deter them from entering your living quarters or your patio area.
Everyone has heard about Citronella. Patios candles abound that are scented with citronella oil. But there are other essential oils that can work and you won’t need to get sick of smelling citronella.
Eucalyptus citriodora is a proven insect repellent and although it does have a lemon smell it also has the clean crisp eucalyptus smell. Some folks may enjoy this smell in their patio.
Other essential oils that may be more pleasant include Geranium, Cedarwood, Pennyroyal and Lemongrass. Some folks swear that Eucalyptus and Peppermint work too.
It never hurts to experiment and create your own personal blend. We know that a blend of Lemon, Cajeput, Geranium and Cedarwood works great to keep them away from us, personally, when used as a body repellent.
A blend of these same oils used in any Tart or Oil warmer and diffused should work the same way in a larger area such as a patio.
Another tip would be to use any of these oils on a simple diffuser such as a Terra Cotta Disc or cotton ball and set near door and window openings.
If you have a problem with bugs around the Picnic Table again, use a Terra Cotta Disc or maybe even a Tealight diffusers (as a table center piece) and diffuse some oils to keep the bugs away from the picnic.
You could even try making mixing with distilled water or our Room Spray base and spraying around the yard, but because these areas are so very large, the effectiveness will be greatly diminished (not to mention very costly if you need to keep spraying every couple hours).
Try a few of these suggestions and let us know if they work for you OR if you have a blend of oils that you have used in the past to keep the flying pests away, let us know and we’ll be happy to share.
Summer is way to short to have evenings and picnics ruined by those pesky little flying pests.
Lemon or Lemongrass – 15 drops
Cedarwood – 10 drops
Peppermint – 5 drops
Geranium – 5 drops
Mix the above essential oils together in a glass bottle. Then place several drops in any diffuser. Although this blend works best in an oil or tart warmer you can use in fan diffusers outdoors too.
Add more essential oils to the diffusers as needed.
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