Well it’s definitely summer and I am usually eaten alive by mosquitoes. My garden takes a beating too at this time of year. However, I am determined to be chemical free this year – so I have decided to write a blog on deterring those pests.
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I’m loving doTERRA’s Terrashield oil blend. It’s definitely doing the job to keep me safe from the mosquitoes – when I remember to put it on. It was working great for me – and alas I forgot it on Monday night. 6 horrible bites I have now – Yuck. Though Lavender oil on those bites has spared me from the itching and blistering that I usually suffer. I just put a drop on each bite whenever I get the urge to scratch.
Terrashield is an all round insect repellent blend – you can use it neat on yourself. To use in your garden, fill a spray bottle with 8ozs water and add 15 drops of doTERRA’s Terrashield essential oil blend. Shake gently and spray on plants.
Customized Pest Control:
For specific bugs, fill a spray bottle with 8ozs water, add 1/2 teaspoon natural soap and add 15 drops of doTERRA’s essential oil (listed below), shake gently and use as required.
- Ants: peppermint oil – add a line to window and door seals)
- Aphids: peppermint, sandalwood, white fir
- Beetles: peppermint, thyme
- Caterpillars: peppermint
- Fleas: lavender, lemongrass, peppermint
- Flies: basil, clove, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rosemary
- Gnats: patchouli
- Mosquitoes: lavender, lemongrass
- Moths: lavender, peppermint
- Plant Lice: peppermint
- Slugs: white fir
- Snails: patchouli, white fir
- Spiders: peppermint
- Ticks: lavender, lemongrass, thyme
Remember: A little goes a long way. Apply sparingly to plants. Begin by spraying solution onto plants (don’t forget the underside of the leaves. You may need to apply several applications – so every few days as required.
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