Pest Prevention: How to Use Essential Oils to Prevent Pests

Pest Prevention essential oils

Pest prevention methods today are often laced with a range of chemicals that can harm both you, your family, and your pets. Thankfully, there are now many natural remedies that can be used to prevent pest problems without harming your loved ones. Essential oils have become increasingly popular, and although they do not get rid of an already existing pest problem, they can help with pest prevention.

At Clean Crawls, we offer quick, thorough, and affordable pest control services that will leave your family feeling comfortable and safe in your home. Our industry-leading pest control solutions include a variety of natural methods, leaving your home clean and safe. If you have a pest problem in the Seattle area and need professional help, call Clean Crawls at 866-610-3556 for your free quote today!

The Most Common Household Pests in the Seattle Area

Insects and other pests can become more than just a nuisance. They can eat away at the structure of your home, leave bad odors in your living spaces, and even affect your family’s health. Below are some of the most common pests in the Washington area today.

  • Carpenter ants
  • Odorous house ants
  • Spiders
  • Carpet beetles
  • Flees
  • Cockroaches
  • Termites
  • Moths
  • Rats
  • Mice

Using Essential Oils for Pest Prevention

It is extremely important to get professional help if your home or business is being affected by pests. That said, there are also some natural remedies and essential oils that can aid in pest prevention, or augment a pest removal treatment. These are normally added to DIY cleaners, sprays, or they can even be added to a mixture of baking powder and coconut oil. Some of the most popular oils used in pest prevention include:

  • Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Spearmint
  • Cedarwood
  • Lemongrass, Lemon, Orange
  • Sage, Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Vanilla
  • Lavender

Pest Prevention essential oils

Anti-Ant Treatments

Carpenter and odorous house ants are a huge problem in the Washington area. Carpenter ants work in the same way as termites and are capable of damaging any wood in which they decide to nest.

Odorous house ants are as the name describes: smelly. When crushed they leave a foul odor similar to that of a rotting coconut.

To help deter ants from making your home theirs, add a line of peppermint oil to the window and door seals of your home. You can even put peppermint oil in a spray bottle filled with water and mist the home, paying attention to baseboards, doorways, and windows. If you’ve got a big infestation, call ant removal experts for help.

Solving Spiders

The fact of the matter is, spiders are usually not a threat to us in the Washington area. In fact, they are known to eat other insects that are harmful such as mosquitoes, fleas, and others. Even so, we call all agree that we would prefer not to have them in our homes.  If you’ve got an infestation, we would recommend contacting a spider control team immediately.

The best way to avoid spiders is not to let them inside in the first place. The following are some natural methods to deter spiders from entering your home:

  1. Keep the inside of your home clean — minimal clutter, regular sweeping/dusting, vacuuming.
  2. Keep the outside of your home clear of excess brush and debris, especially close to the home.
  3. To deter spiders from entering your home, mix 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle with half a teaspoon of natural soap and twelve drops of essential oils. These twelve drops need to be made up of two drops of peppermint, spearmint, lemon, lime, orange, and lavender.

Battling Beetles

Unfortunately, many beetles are not as friendly as spiders. There are more than 25,000 species of beetles, most of which feed on something in your home. Although many are good for the garden, during the winter months, they invade homes, feeding on wood, feathers, bamboo, and other materials.

Some beetle control problems can be controlled with the help of a vacuum, while others require a set of professional eyes on the job. To avoid beetles invading your home, cleanliness is key. If you want to take your pest prevention a step further, use the spray bottle technique above but substitute your essential oils for four drops of peppermint, four of thyme, and four of garlic.

Pest Prevention essential oils

Controlling Cockroaches

Cockroaches are not only repugnant but also extremely unhealthy to have in your home or business. Research has recently proven that children who grow up in homes with cockroaches are more likely to get asthma and other respiratory diseases because of the allergens caused by cockroach ‘dander’ and feces.

Although expert pest control help is strongly advised if you’ve got cockroaches in your home, there are some basic ingredients that can help you with pest prevention. A common choice of home remedy for cockroaches is to place a few drops of citrus oil on cotton balls and put them in cockroach prone areas such as cupboards and under the sink.

Alternatively, you can make a natural spray with 8 ounces of water, half a teaspoon of natural soap, 5 drops of cypress essential oil, and 10 drops of peppermint oil. Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, cinnamon, and thyme are also proven to be very effective when it comes to preventing a cockroach infestation.

Tackling Termites

According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause over $5 billion of damage to U.S. properties every year. Termites can destroy your home quickly without you even knowing it. Today, professional termite control experts have safer and more environmentally friendly ways of evacuating termites from homes.

There are two known natural oils used for pest prevention with termites. These are orange and cinnamon oil. To make a strong solution, mix half a cup of water with six drops of cinnamon oil and six drops of orange oil. Although these remedies can help with pest prevention, you must call in the experts if you believe you may have a termite infestation.

Managing Moths

Although some moths can cause diseases, most do not have an impact on humankind. However, they can have a serious impact on your belongings. Have you ever pulled out your favorite shirt from your wardrobe to find little holes in it? The likelihood is strong that it was caused by a moth. Moths can often be found in food as well — especially dog food.

To make a preventative solution against moths, mix half a cup of water, two drops each of cedarwood, hyssop, lavender, peppermint, spearmint, and citronella, and spray the solution in moth affected areas such as wardrobes.

Pest Prevention Using Essential Oils Can Help you Avoid a Pest Problem in the First Place

Essential oils will not get rid of a pest problem. But using essential oils can offer some help to avoiding the problem in the first place. If you want to learn more about pest prevention or need help with a pest problem in your home, get in contact with us today. Call for a free quote at 866-610-3556 or fill out our online consultation form to find out how we can keep your family safe and healthy. Contact us now!