Bugs of Summer


I love the sunshine, the gardening, the warm nights watching the stars. What's not to love? What I could do without is the bugs!!!

I do my best to respect nature & I can appreciate all the good that Ladybugs, Bees & Spiders (Arachnids, I know) do for the environment but do the ants, beetles & “BIG” wolf spiders have to come in my house?

I like to use essential oil whenever possible to “repel” the bugs. Some of my favorites:

  • Cedarwood

  • Peppermint & Spearmint  

  • Eucalyptus Radiata or Citriodora

  • Geranium

  • Patchouli

  • my all-time favorite Lemongrass.

 ( I do like to use Catnip essential oil, but  every time I do, my cats go a little, okay, a lot crazy)

These essential oils are more appropriate to use around older children & adults.

If you have younger children (age 2 – 8) essential oils that you may want to consider are Geranium, Rosalina, Tea Tree & Spearmint just to name a few.

I have an all-purpose bug repellent that I use most of the time, but for certain situations or specific bugs I will use some of the following essential oils:

Ants: Make a blend of 6 drops of Peppermint & 6 drops Spearmint essential oil to 250 ml of water. Shake well before using. Spray around doorways & windows, especially the window screens.  (Use caution if you have young children)

If you have a lot of ants entering your home , I find that Peppermint works best. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball & place wherever you see ants entering, like window sills or by patio doors, behind your fridge or under your sinks. Refresh as needed. *Don’t use this method if you have young children & pets.

Flies & Mosquitoes:  Using Geranium, Lemongrass & Cedarwood in your diffuser or as a room spray would be a good choice. * If you have young children, Lavender & Rosalina would be a good alternative.

Wasps & Hornets: Try diffusing a blend of Cedarwood, Patchouli & Eucalyptus Radiata essential oils. Geoff Lyth suggests putting a few drops of your blend on a folded paper napkin or tissue & leaving it on the picnic table by the food to discourage wasps & hornets. A simple but brilliant idea!!!  I wish that I had thought of it.

  • DON’T USE LAVENDER IN THIS BLEND as wasps and hornets may be more attracted to it.

  • If you have really young children omit the Eucalyptus Radiata in the blend.

Moths: Cedar chests were used to store clothes & linens, so of course Cedarwood is a good essential oil to use for moths. Peppermint or lemongrass are also an oils to consider. Use cotton balls and tuck them into corners of closet shelves or dresser drawers. 

  • Don’t put essential oils directly on fine textiles

  • Cedarwood or Spearmint are better choices if you have younger children.

In the garden...

To use essential oils in the garden, make a plant spray with 10 - 12 drops of an essential oil or blend to 250 ml of water.

Shake well before use.


Aphids: a plant spray made with water and a blend of some of the following: Coriander,  Spearmint, Peppermint, Cedarwood, or Hyssop.

*Use Coriander, Spearmint or Spearmint if you have younger children.

Slugs & Snails: Make a plant spray with water, Cedarwood, Pine, Clove Bud or Patchouli essential oil or use a blend. Spray on the plants that slugs like to snack on. (I find that slugs love my Basil Plants.)

*Use Spearmint or Cedarwood, if you have young children working with you in the garden.

**Be sure to wash your vegetables or herbs before use.

So whether you are going on a picnic, going camping or enjoying your garden, I wish you a Happy, Aromatic & Bug-Free Summer…

***As always, use caution around babies and young children or if you are pregnant.

My blog is for information only & is not meant to replace medical advice.      

Essential Oils are not for ingestion& should always be diluted before topical use.


Davis, Patricia.  Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion,  an imprint  of  Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005

Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-being. London: Thorsons, Updated Edition, 2014.

Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Guide of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, MacMillan London, Ltd 1990, (And the updated version, 2016) www.quinessence.com/blog/essential-oils-natures-best-insect-repellents www.naturesgift.com/aromatherapy-information/hints-tips/household/#Pest-Free Pets http://birchhillhappenings.com/garden.htm

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