4/22/14

Peppermint Pest Control

It is nearing tornado season in Oklahoma and that means time to open the storm shelter and vacuum out the bugs. Spiders, lots of them! They look a little like THIS:

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        Lovely! I have a love/hate relationship with spring!

Imagine my surprise when I went to my friend's house and we opened her storm cellar to find not a single bug! Then I noticed the peppermint plants growing all around it. AHHH! That explains a lot. Bugs do not like peppermint. I can not grow it around my cellar as it is surrounded by concrete in the center of my garage. But I do have stock in peppermint essential oil!

On that note, I got a new pest control guy. He shows up in footie pjs. He is gonna be sad when it is too hot to work in his pajamas.



We are getting rid of pests with no added chemicals. He can spray me or himself, or even drink it and will be just fine! I know because he sprayed me every chance he got. Also, the strawberries will be safe to eat and so far, the bunnies have not gone near them. I sprayed around all the gardens, the house (inside and out), the barn, and the shed. You could call the pest control people who will spray who knows what! We haven' t used pest control in years due to our free range chickens. They do a great job at controlling the bug population in our yard, but they do not chase off mice or rabbits and the spiders still come in the house. So, this year, we took up our own pest control and why pay someone to do it when any four year old in his right mind will jump at the chance.

Our recipe:
1 Gallon Water
20 drops peppermint oil
1 four year old in footie pajamas
A windless day (preferred)

Fill the gallon sized sprayer, add 20 drops of peppermint oil, shake and spray. One gallon handled all of our application for one day. It is recommended to repeat every week. The cost for one treatment was $2! You could make it extra strong for twice that. We paid $75 a treatment to a pest control company. I love all the many wonderful uses for essential oils. Click here to learn more: Peppermint oil.


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19 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! It's starting to warm up here in Florida, and the spiders are making their way in. I've been worried about full swing summertime! I will definitely be getting my 3 year old to help me out with this one;) Thanks again!

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  2. This is great information and gives us another reason to not poison the earth.. thanks for the article.

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  3. I almost didn't click on your link from the Four Seasons Blog Hop because I hate spiders...lol. A friend sent me a bunch of DoTerra oils and I'm going to give this a try.

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  4. Thanks for letting me know about your link party! I'll definitely be back.

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  5. I think I'll try a mini version of this for in the house. Even if it doesn't work, the place will smell great!! Sara
    www.organicsimply.com

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  6. I just bought some peppermint oil! Thanks for the tips, good to know!!

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  7. Wow what a great idea and SO cheap! definitely trying this! Thanks for sharing stopping by from turn it up tuesdays !

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  8. Great idea. I am new to oils and their uses but learning more every day. I chose your post as my feature on From the Farm Blog Hop on Fridays. I hope you will link up again this week. Feel free to grab our featured button.
    Thanks for the great post. - Janet http://timbercreekfarmer.com

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  9. I heard that peppermint oil can keep spiders away, but didn't know it worked for other pests too.

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    1. Well, the bunnies are not in my strawberry patch, but can't say the same for my garden. :(

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  10. Hi Janine,
    When I think of all of the poisonous insecticides we normally use to rid our homes and gardens of insects, it is such a pleasure to learn that a simple solution of peppermint oil can do the job safely and sanely! Thank you so much for sharing this natural solution with us at the the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! We appreciate it!

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    1. There is a natural solution to everything if we take the time to practice!

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  11. I love organic! However, I tried the same thing on sugar ants that wanted to harvest in my kitchen - they didn't mind the peppermint oil! Anyone have a success story with ants?

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    1. My mom said she put lemon in a spray bottle and they did not like it. I would try cinnamon or thyme.

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