Repel Dust Mites, Fleas, Ticks, Ants and Spiders

Many of us use synthetic chemicals to deal with insects, which are not safe for us, our families, or pets to be exposed to. Young Living has many single essential oils such as lavender, lemon, peppermint, melaleuca, lemongrass, cypress, Eucalyptus globulus, cinnamon, thyme, basil, wintergreen, and the Purification and Thieves blends, which effectively repel many types of insects including dust mites, lice, ticks, spiders, and fleas.

For instance, Young Living’s Peppermint essential oil placed on entryways prevents ants from entering. Simply smear a couple drops along the threshold. Peppermint is also excellent for repelling ants and rodents (squirrels and mice). peppermint-1

If you need moth repellents for your linens and woolens, you can avoid toxic commercial mothballs made of naphthalene – instead use Young Living’s essential oils. Natural essential oils like lavender, lemongrass, Western Red Cedar, or Rosemary can just as effectively repel moths and other insects, without the harmful chemical exposure.

You can make a sachet by placing several drops of your chosen essential oil on a cotton ball. Wrap and tie the cotton ball in a small handkerchief or square of cotton. Hang this sachet in storage areas or in your chest of linens. The sachet can be refreshed as often as necessary. You can put this sachet in your dresser drawers to keep your clothes freshly scented.

Making a spray bottle for your Young Living oils is a terrific way to freshen air and repel unwanted insects. Here are some household cleaning blend recipes, but you can make your own combinations for insects by simply using some of the above essential oils.

If spiders are an issue in your home, I have always found that diffusing, in my Young Living nebulizer diffuser, the Young Living blends Thieves or Purification to be quite effective. If I haven’t had my diffuer on in a while or when I move into a new house that spiders start appearing and then die after I start diffusing. I find that diffusing for 15-30 minutes a day keeps the spiders away.

Palo Santo is terrific at killing embedded ticks. I put one drop of Palo Santo essential oil directly on the tick and it kills them. I also use my Young Living Lavender Shampoo once a month when I give my dog a bath, and I add to it 4-5 drops of Palo Santo – it smells terrific and helps kill any fleas and repels fleas and ticks too.

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Article by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Distributor – helping families live “Greener” lives.

About Evelyn Vincent

As a classical Feng Shui practitioner, Native Plant Landscaper, and Young Living Distributor, Evelyn brings a background of living naturally to her business. Also trained in Space Clearing and Labyrinth Design & Facilitation, her passion for balanced and harmonious living and lifestyle is an inspiration to others. Essential oils play a large role in creating surroundings of beauty and peace - from shifting stagnant energy to insect pests to cooking - the vitality of therapeutic oils and natural products helps restore the connection to self and nature. Please contact Evelyn if you have questions or need assistance.

4 thoughts on “Repel Dust Mites, Fleas, Ticks, Ants and Spiders

  1. Yvonne
    March 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    What oil or combination do you exactly use for prevention of dust mites in the bed, carpets etc. Do you spray the mattress directly, the sheets each week, or diffuse? Warm regards Yvonne

    1. June 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Hi Yvonne, I have always found that any combination of these essential oils (lavender, lemon, peppermint, Melaleuca, lemongrass, cinnamon, thyme, basil, wintergreen, Thieves or Purification) to be good for dust mites. Unlike some insects, dust mites are fairly easy to oil with almost any YL essential oil. ~ Evelyn

  2. Jim
    January 10, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Very interesting article!

    Would you be kind enough to share a recipe for a spray I could create to repel/kill ticks? We live in a wooded area and we’re finding them on the dogs. I won’t use chemicals but am becoming frustrated that removing them isn’t the cure. I need to be able to spray something on them and rub it in to help repel, and hopefully kill them.

    I’d like to make a qt spray bottle full. How much (and which ones) of the essential oils and how much carrier oil (or witch hazel)? I assume that the essential oil blended with the carrier oil (or witch hazel) is then topped off with water to fill the qt. spray bottle? Or, do you not use water at all and only use the essential oils combined with a carrier oil? That wouldn’t make much so is that rubbed on? The dogs are very small, 5 and 10lbs. that I am concerned about. We have one larger dog who is 55lbs, so a small amount wouldn’t make enough to cover her I’m afraid. That is why I’d like to make a qt size spray bottle.

    And, after reading about the Thieves cleaner, can that be used for direct contact to our small dogs (what would be the safe dilution) and be effective for ticks? I love idea of this natural product but also am worried about the safety of our very small dogs and it being too strong or unsafe.

    Glad I found this blog. I’m anxious to hear your suggestions and really anxious to get a recipe for a very safe tick repellent.

    PS we also have horses so the larger qt spray bottle is also why I would like to make larger quantities. We need a safe solution to spray on them to keep the no seeums away, which are a huge problem in the summer along with the mosquitoes.


    1. February 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Jim,
      Here is a link to a post I wrote on essential oils and ticks which goes into detail
      As fo using Thieves Household Cleaner on your dogs, I’m not sure why you would as the Thieves is not known for preventing pet insects. I think that would be a waste of product. Hope this helps, Evelyn

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