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Don’t expect the same results unless using Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils and
supplements. Essential oil testimonials are an effective way of learning and sharing. With this
knowledge, we can take control of our own personal health. However: "These statements have not
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cure or prevent any disease."

        Hi Karla
        I'm not sure if it will work or not, since I've never been to Iraq and I don't know how sand flies
compare to the flies we have in Alaska. That said, we do have MANY flies and mosquitoes here in
the summertime. In our efforts to reduce the flies in the barn, we were told that Basil would be a good
fly deterrent and that we should put some on a terra cotta diffuser and hang it in the barn. We did and
noticed a difference almost immediately. I would guess that doing something similar in the tents of
our men and women in Iraq, as well as perhaps putting some in V6 and rubbing it on the body and/or
ingesting it in capsules would work just as well. Monica

       Hi Carol
       I live in the boondocks and as soon as I step out of my door in the summer, I do the mosquito
dance. There are quite a few oils that may help with insect problems. Look up Cypress, Lemongrass,
Citronella and Purification. There are probably more, but these 4 come to mind. Nicole

       Hi Angela
       In my experience, Purification has been excellent for repelling bees! A few drops behind the
ears, on wrists and knees repelled about 50 bees which swarmed our picnic table every time we
brought food out while camping in Southern California. I would try it with mosquitoes and ticks as
well. Shar Napp

       Hello Oilers
       Adding a few drops of Geranium, Frankincense or Lemongrass to a water-spray will
encourage indoor plant growth. Basil and Lemongrass used in the spray are effective against aphids.

        Hi Jeanette
        I use Peppermint on a cotton ball. Just kind of placed around where the ants or any other
insect-like pests are. It works very fast every time! Good Luck. Bright Blessings, Keri

       Use Cinnamon out of your spice cabinet - ants hate it. Line your doorways or where ever they
are coming in and they won't cross that Cinnamon line.

         I use Peppermint straight along the entrance of the doors or where they come in. Also, a
mixture of Purification, Lemongrass and Thyme, either just in a spray bottle with water or sometimes
I'll add some vinegar to the water. It's strong and it works. Good luck, Sylvia K.

        My first thought was Cinnamon! Maybe Clove would work. Any of the oils that would "burn
them out". Oregano maybe? I would put it right in the soil. Prairie dogs are smart enough to carry
out cotton balls! Good Luck, and do share when you get it conquered, please! Jessica Wild

        For house and garden insect spray, use 3 drops Spearmint and 3 drops Orange in 2 quarts
water. Mix and spray on plants in the house and outside and in greenhouse to keep the bugs and
aphids away. Also diffuse in the greenhouse. And for those that use a swamp cooler put Lemon in,
to keep the fungus at bay. That way you don't have to use chemicals.
        One thing that I have found that really works great on ants of any kind is Peppermint. I had
these ants that kept coming into the house and my little granddaughter would pick them up between
her fingers and try to eat them. So I put Peppermint all across the door seal. As I was doing this here
came an ant on high, just as he got close to where I put the Peppermint he reared up on his hind legs
and his antennas were waving back and forth and he pivoted and went the other direction. Needless
to say I didn't have to worry about Kimberlee eating ants in the house.
        Always remember to use Purification on any insect bite especially poisonous insect bites to
neutralize the poison. Here are some essential oils you can use on bites. 1 drop Thyme or 1drop
Lavender, 10 drops Lavender and 1drop Wintergreen, 4 drops Eucalyptus, 3 drops Roman
Chamomile in 1 Tablespoon V-6.

        Peppermint has been great for me. I just rub it all over my head, my arms and legs and they
never light on me. Purification and the Idaho Tansy are good, plus the Sunsation Suntan Oil is great.
For animals I have used the Peppermint floral water by adding 30 drops of Peppermint to it and
spraying my horses with it. It keeps the flies off longer the chemical spray you wipe on the horses.
Nancy Sanderson

       Hi Sharon
       Yesterday I was out on our deck and was surrounded by all kinds of bees. I tried Purification -
not much reaction. Then my daughter suggested we try Lemongrass mixed with water. We sprayed
the whole deck and all the insects were gone. It was wonderful to be outside without having
"company." Hope this helps, Terry

        Mosquitoes do not like Lavender - mix with a little V6 - and apply generously. You'll smell
great, too. Have a great vacation. Hilda Zevallos

        Hi Everyone
        Just got in from an outdoor party. A friend was getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and asked
me for oils. I had Peppermint on me. It worked like a charm. Guess they feel the same way about
that as they do Lavender! Have a great weekend everyone. Terry

       My cousin sent me a recipe for chiggers and ticks. Combine the following essential oils in a 1
ounce brown dropper bottle - 20 drops (2 droppers) Citronella, 10 drops Eucalyptus, 10 drops
Lemongrass, 5 drops Basil and 5 drops Melaleuca. Fill a 4 ounce plastic flip top bottle nearly full with
vegetable oil or (massage oil base or V-6). Add 1 teaspoon of mixture. Shake well. Label bottle.
Apply as needed. She suggests if you have sensitive skin or allergies to put some inside of forearm
and wait 24 hours. If redness or itching occurs discontinue use. Gloria
        Hello Nancy
        We had a big bag of open dog kibble on our porch a while ago. Ants thought they'd died and
gone to buffet heaven! I took a bottle of Peppermint and sprinkled it on the outside of the bag, around
the inside of the bag and a few drops right on the kibble. I thought if the ants don't go away, I'll have
to toss this anyway. And within a few minutes the ants, and there were hundreds, were long GONE!
Then came the time to feed the dogs and they ate it like nothing was any different. Of course, no one
ever called my dogs picky eaters, but what I mean to say is that out of three dogs, none refused the
kibble ala' Peppermint. Hope this helps, Mary Lou

          Mosquito repellant - Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lemongrass.
          Moth-repellant - Patchouli.
          Horse fly repellant - Idaho Tansy floral water.
          Aphids-repellant - Mix 20 drops essential oil in 2 quarts salt water, shake well and spray on
        Cockroach repellent - Mix 10 drops Peppermint and 5 drops Cypress in ½ cup salt water.
Shake well and spray where roaches live.
        Silverfish repellent – Eucalyptus and Citriadora.
        To repel insects, essential oils can be diffused or put on cotton balls or cedar chips for use in
closets or drawers.

        Hi Vesta
        I am not worried about the WNV in the least. I drink Peppermint water exclusively and take
scented garlic caps once a day. I work in a swamp all through July and part of August and all bugs
avoid me. In Florida the nosee'ms avoid me while other people slap, itch and dig. The people I meet
never mention anything untoward about BO or smell though I embrace, kiss or sweat. It gets in your
blood stream and if you keep your pH above seven, you don't have BO but the bugs sure know and
there are always plenty of other subjects that furnish lots of pasture. They have pop in their coolers,
eat a Big Mac and fries for lunch and ice cream treat for a snack and set themselves for more misery
than I want. Don't worry. Eat healthy. Maynard Good

          Hi group
          To add to what has already been said, you can check the EODR there is a recipe in there for
repellents of all sorts. The one for horse-fly-repellent is Idaho Tansy floral water. I have a recipe
blending all these things together plus adding a little V6 oil. I put it in a spray bottle, but the trick is to
rub it lightly into skin or it just evaporates when sprayed. It works well on me, but others have said it
didn't work as well. Perhaps one is too acidic to begin with. Let me know your ideas. It makes a
really nice skin softener and you smell nice too. Charla Sirtoff

         Here is an interesting experiment that I did. I work in the irrigation industry and have several
sites that are used to monitor water use. There are electronic data loggers in the shelters where mice
like to build nests. One day I ran out of mice bait. Having a few EO's with me I put in about 20 drops
of Peppermint Oil, closed the lid and walked away. When I returned 1 week later there was no sign of
any mice. They had vacated and have not returned

        Hello Everyone
        Recently I told of Peppermint driving away mice. I put in 10 drops in an area where there was
a large nest and a few days later they had completely moved out. Another site had a wasp nest.
Again I used several drops of Peppermint and they too vacated. The same results were achieved on
ants. I will try Peppermint oil for any kind of pest without hesitation in the future. Roger
        The answer for mice in your house is hedge apples. They are green and lumpy and sticky,
found at farmers markets on go on the web and ask around. Heard this on a radio show years ago
and it works, one apple in my basement locker took care of a 5 apartment building for 5 years. Go
natural. Terrie Woznicki

        Hi folks
        This may only be a coincidence, but I was diffusing a mix of Elemi, Galbanum and Cassia and
the mice seemed to run for the hills. I suspect that they didn't like the Cassia. It can be irritating if
diffused very long or too strong, but if you can handle it the mice may not like it either. Maria

       Insect Repellent - Put 10 drops each of Citronella, Purification, Eucalyptus and Peppermint in
an 8 ounce spray bottle with water.

        I had some North Carolina ants in my kitchen. I watched them to determine where they were
entering and put a cotton ball with Peppermint in that spot. In a little while, they all disappeared.
They were back the next day, having found a new entry. I repeated this procedure with the same
result. No more ants. Good luck, Mary

      Here is a recipe I received from my upline for an insect repellent. 6 drops Peppermint, 6 drops
Lemon, 6 drops Lemongrass and 6 drops Eucalyptus radiata. Combine with enough water to fill a 4
ounce dark glass spritzer bottle. Avoid eye area. Best Wishes, Betty Davenport

        Bob, a fisherman, takes one vitamin B-1 tablet a day April through October. He said it works.
He was right. Hasn't had a mosquito bite in 33 years. Every one he has talked into trying it works on
them. Vitamin B-1( Thiamine Hydrochloride 100 mg.) If you eat bananas, the mosquitoes like you.
Something about the banana oil as your body processes it. Stop eating bananas for the summer and
the mosquitoes will be much less interested. This is going to floor you, but one of the best insect
repellents someone found (who is in the woods every day), is Vick's Vapor Rub.
        Plant Marigolds around the yard, the flowers give off smell that bugs do not like, so plant some
in that garden also to help ward off bugs without using insecticides.
        "Tough guy" Marines who spend a great deal of time "camping out" say that the very best
mosquito repellant you can use is Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil mixed about half and half with alcohol.
        One of the best natural insect repellants that I've discovered is made from the clear real
vanilla. This is the pure Vanilla that is sold in Mexico. It works great for mosquitoes and ticks, don't
know about other insects. When all else fails get a frog.

         One of the best natural insect repellants we use in Texas is made from the clear liquid vanilla
that is sold in Mexico. It is reported to work great for mosquitoes and ticks. Spreading a little vanilla
mixed with olive oil on your skin smells great.

       I would add one additional suggestion to the above list, which I have effectively used as the
primary recommendation to my patients over the past five years. That product is Buzz Away. It has
been proven to be more effective than Avon Skin-So-Soft, Bug Guard, Bite Blocker, Natrapel, Jungle
Juice, AND it is equally as effective as OFF! Buzz Away is formulated with Citronella, Cedarwood,
Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint and pure and natural plant extracts that repel bugs. For more
information you can visit their Web site or call 1-800-448-1448.

         First of all we ran into our old friends the mosquitoes and other bug buddies. They were a bit
hungry and since I am anti pesticides namely N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET) The consequences of
DEET toxicity are variable and unpredictable I resorted to my favorite combination of essential oils.
The mixture I have found to be the most effective are Lemon, Lemongrass and Eucalyptus essential
oils. I add one drop of each oil to one ounce of water (3/4 spring water ¼ vodka). This mixture will
keep for a long period of time. Make sure you do not spray this in your eyes. As soon as we applied
this mixture, no more mosquito bites. I have also used this mixture on dogs and horses. Cats are not
to happy with this idea and normally they are too smart to let a mosquito bite them.

         I have never used it but I bought Catnip Oil for mosquitoes. I would say to use some carrier oil
with it. We just have not been anywhere with mosquitoes, it came highly recommended by people
who do use it. I got the oil from Essential Oil University in Canada. Sharon

        Have you considered home made roach bait? We call them roach cookies! You mix equal
parts Boric Acid (not borax - boric acid) and sugar and make a soft paste with it, roll it into balls and
put them where the roaches will see them! If you want to work FASTER put a "scent" in them, vanilla,
for example. You will need to replace them weekly, throw old ones out or crush them and put behind
refrigerators, etc. until the little vermin go away. Also, do you have a cat? I SWEAR cats are the best
exterminators there are! You can also try bleaching the floors, but you have to do it weekly and it
won't kill them as fast, though it will keep them away. I lived in Florida for a year and a half and we
had TONS of roaches! We used bleach, until someone told us about "roach cookies" and that killed
them quick! Jessica Wild

        I would add one additional suggestion to the above list, which I have effectively used as the
primary recommendation to my patients over the past five years. That product is Buzz Away. It has
been proven to be more effective than Avon Skin-So-Soft, Bug Guard, Bite Blocker, Natrapel, Jungle
Juice, AND it is equally as effective as OFF! Buzz Away is formulated with Citronella, Cedarwood,
Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint and pure and natural plant extracts that repel bugs. For more
information you can visit their Web site or call 1-800-448-1448.

        Just a quick testimony about Lavender Oil. My son Daniel had about 10 mosquito bites on his
hand. I put some Lavender on them and by the next morning they had almost completely
disappeared. The Lavender also helped stop the itching from them. I understand that Lavender is
also effective as a mosquito repellent. We are going to fireworks for July 4th. I plan on rubbing some
Lavender on us and we will see if the mosquitoes stay away. The oils do work and are safer than
over the counter drugs. Ann Marie

         The first case of human West Nile has been found in Nebraska, so this is very timely. In spite
of all the media hype about DEET, it is still toxic if overused and many health people now feel
Parkinson's is caused by the chemicals we put on our lawns and ourselves, so using Catnip Oil will
make us all healthier.
         You can order the Catnip Essential Oil from this website - www.av-at.com - very reputable -
the only website I know of that charges you only whatever it costs them to ship to you. If you find the
oil someplace else, make sure the company will certify it to be Grade A Therapeutic Pure - there is a
lot of corruption in essential oils! Catnip essential oil is not easily found.
         For new people in this group - essential oils are 100 times more concentrated than the herb -
leaves of herbal plants - and doubt if the herb would have the same effect.
         I would recommend either diluting in a light oil like sesame or dilute with water - 10:1 if you get
the Canadian (90%), and 5:1, if you get American (50%). If you dilute it in Fractionated Coconut Oil,
you can spray it directly on your clothes and it will not stain. I have someone who will be trying it and
can tell you more later. If you dilute in oil you can rub on. If you dilute in water, you will need to shake
before each use and I would probably use it in a spray bottle like my Amway spray bottles. They have
such a good grip for my partially frozen shoulder and have a spray that can be turned up or down.
Just don’t forget to shake. If you’re using in a plastic spray bottle, be sure to STORE in a glass bottle.
Essential Oils will dissolve plastic over time.
         There are two theories as to why a mosquito repellent repels. One is that they don't like the
odor, the other is that it merely masks our odor so they don't hone in on us.
         Greg Linsson wore Catnip essential oil on a safari to the Amazon. His sister gave a
testimonial for it on one of the AT lists. Greg was NOT bothered by mosquitoes. Nancy Sanderson
Peterson says nepetalactone is about 10 times more effective than DEET because it takes about one-
tenth as much nepetalactone as DEET to have the same effect.
         Most commercial insect repellents contain about 5 percent to 25 percent DEET. Presumably,
much less Catnip oil would be needed in a formulation to have the same level of repellency as a
DEET-based repellent.
         Why Catnip repels mosquitoes is still a mystery, says Peterson. "It might simply be acting as
an irritant or they don't like the smell. But nobody really knows why insect repellents work." In the
laboratory, repellency is measured on a scale ranging from +100 percent, considered highly repellent,
to -100 percent, considered a strong attractant. A compound with a +100 percent repellency rating
would repel all mosquitoes, while -100 percent would attract them all. A rating of zero means half of
the insects would stay on the treated side and half on the untreated side. In Peterson's tests, Catnip
ranged from +49 percent to +59 percent at high doses, and +39 percent to +53 percent at low doses.
By comparison, at the same doses, DEET's repellency was only about +10 percent in this bioassay,
he notes.

       Try mothballs to repel grasshoppers.

        …I made her some bug repellent of Purification and Lavender to use on her little girl, because
her skin is so sensitive and the thought of putting those horrible chemical bug repellents was awful! It
worked and of course did not irritate her skin, or make her cranky. Jasmine

         This is the recipe for a bug repellent I use and it works great for us! In a 4 ounce dark glass
spray bottle combine 10 drops each of Eucalyptus radiata, Peppermint, Lemongrass and Lemon. Add
distilled water to fill. Hope this helps, Betty Davenport

       As for Julia's question about our mosquito "spray" of choice - I am an avid gardener, here in
Omaha where it is hot and humid most of the time. I take about 20 drops Purification, 5 drops
Peppermint and 5 drops Lemon in 4 ounces of purified water and spritz often and sometimes the air
around me as well and it works for me. I carry a bottle of this in my pocket or apron when gardening.
Good luck. Blessings to all, Mary Weber

        I really like Melrose for mosquito repellant or Purification. But I think any oil (other than citrus
oils) would be good! Jessica

         Dear Julia
         I am ordering a blend called Bug Away that I look forward to trying. I am getting it from
www.wholelifeessentials.biz. You could look it up and maybe even make the same blend if you would
like to. With my busy life, I would rather buy something ready to spritz on myself and keep on going!
Best wishes, Orpha

         I got my August Young Living order today and in it was the Peppermint and Cedarwood soap I
ordered. I wanted it to use for mosquito repellent, thinking that washing with it would work well in
addition to other measures. But today I rubbed it on my arm dry on a hunch that it might be good to
use it that way and wanted to see if it would "stick." I was outside just now (dusk) and no bites. Don't
know if it's because of the soap but learned something else cool about it! I smell GREAT! I put it on
at noon and it is STILL smelling fresh and lovely! And it's not sticky. Will continue my mosquito/soap
research and will let you know. Meantime, I can't stop sniffing my arm! Be healthy, Julia

       Hi Dawn
       Purification is a must for bug bites, particularly good for bee and spider bites. Also their new
Animal Scents Ointment applied to the area would allow it to heal very rapidly.
       Sincerely, Sara Kenney

        Hi (for ants, etc.)
        I use a spray around the doors at my office and at home of Peppermint and it keeps everyone
out. I will also use a mixture of Lemon and Purification in a spray around the doors and windows. If
it’s humid or you are in a rainy season, you have to do it every day. Diana Ewald

         Dear "Wild" Ones
         My husband and I just returned from a few days down on Table Rock Lake in southern
Missouri. I had been worried about the mosquitoes, etc. and thought I'd let you know of our
experience. I had heard that taking B6 makes a person "untasty" to mosquitoes and I now believe
that it must be true! I was the only one of our party of 13 that was taking both B6 and B12 and I was
the only one who escaped without a single bite - not one! I had my blend of purified water containing
about 20 drops of Purification and 5 drops Peppermint along, which I wore as dusk approached just
like a body spray - spritzing all exposed skin. I was also the only one who used it, coming from a long
line of unbelievers! Maybe they will be a bit more open minded now! Smiling and NOT scratching
back home in Omaha! Blessings to all, Mary Weber

        I recently used Dentarome toothpaste on lots of mosquito bites and they went down within a
day. It treated them, took the itching away and the swelling was gone by two days tops. I also used
Melaleuca and Lavender. Now that I have it, I'm sure Oregano would see them off too but the
toothpaste was magical and I am extremely affected by mosquito bites and usually itch and suffer for
days. Julie

       I spritz on Purification when I go out in the early morning and evening for mosquitoes. I also
apply Geranium around my neck and ankles. So far I am free of mosquito bites. Last week we spent
4 days by the lake and in the forest for walks and no problems. Elaine Jay Finster
      I use 20 drops of Purification and 10 drops of Patchouli in 4 ounces distilled water and spritz
my dog and myself when I take an evening walk when the mosquitoes are out and neither me or the
dog have ever gotten bit by a mosquito. Dr. Donna Hindes

        I went vegetable picking at an organic farm and used Sunsation Sun Oil and it worked great!
We were out there for about 3 hours and I only got one bite on my elbow. I guess I forgot to cover
that area. You could see numerous mosquitoes fly up and away every time we touched a plant. The
place was loaded with mosquitoes. It works really well for mosquitoes, as well as to help prevent
sunburn and tans nicely. If we do get bit, we use Lavender and Purification to prevent an infection.
Hope this helps. Nicole

        Dear Nandini
        Here is the recipe for cockroach repellent. 10 drops Peppermint and 5 drops Cypress in ½
cup salt water. Mix together and shake well, spraying where needed. Can also be put on cotton balls
for use in drawers, etc. With love, Janice

        (Mosquito repellant) If you are more comfortable using an applied repellent, here is a
suggestion for a safe, natural repellent you can make at home. Fill a small spray bottle with the
following. 2 drops each, Rosemary and Lavender, 3 drops of Citronella, 20 drops or so of Rose
Geranium (Plumarosa), ½ ounce or one tablespoonful of alcohol based tincture of Bay, ½ ounce or
one tablespoonful alcohol based green Black-Walnut Hull Tincture in 8 ounces of distilled water. You
may, if you prefer, use 3 to 4 drops of one or the other. This can be sprayed directly on one’s dogs
every time they go out, or one’s self for that matter. Spraying it on things like lawn or deck furniture
can also be very effective. This is a variation I devised from a recipe included in The Encyclopedia of
Natural Pet Care by CJ Puotinen.

         How to Use Oils for Pest Control
         As YLEO distributors, we don't need poisons to kill pests. We can repel them and even
sometimes kill them, with substances that are not only harmless to us but are actually healthful to us.
Here is a list of oils that will solve most of your pest problems around the house. And how do you use
them? One way is to get a pistol-grip squirt bottle. Mix a few drops of the oil with some water, shake
it up and start firing. If you have bugs on your plants, like aphids on your roses, you can squirt the
leaves and drive the bugs away with no harm to your plant. You can do the same with the other
pests. As for ants, you can smear a line of Peppermint or Spearmint across your kitchen counter or
floor and the ants won't cross it. If you already have a line of ants invading your house, just draw a
line of oil across them and they will turn back. It is fun to watch. And as for flies, you can knock them
dead right out of the air with one shot from your pistol grip.
         Specific Oils for Specific Insects – Ants - Peppermint and Spearmint. Aphids – Cedarwood,
Hyssop, Peppermint and Spearmint. Beetles - Peppermint and Thyme. Caterpillars - Spearmint and
Peppermint. Chiggers – Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage and Thyme. Cutworms - Thyme and Sage.
Fleas – Peppermint, Lemongrass, Spearmint and Lavender. Flies – Lavender, Peppermint,
Rosemary and Sage. Gnats - Patchouli and Spearmint. Lice – Cedarwood, Peppermint and
Spearmint. Mosquitoes - Lavender and Lemongrass. Moths – Cedarwood, Hyssop, Lavender,
Peppermint and Spearmint. Plant Lice - Peppermint and Spearmint. Slugs – Cedarwood, Hyssop
and Pine. Snails – Cedarwood, Pine and Patchouli. Spiders – Peppermint and Spearmint. Ticks –
Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage and Thyme. Weevils – Cedarwood, Patchouli and Sandalwood.
        A Brown Recluse Experiment - Seeing how squirting a Peppermint water spray would kill flies
in midair, I wondered what pure oil would do. So I did an experiment on a brown recluse spider. I
captured a live one in a jar and carefully placed one drop of Peppermint on one side. The pure
Peppermint repelled the spider, who crowded to the other side to avoid the oil. When I tipped the jar
to force the spider to fall into the oil, it merely squirmed and got away, still repelled by the oil, but not
apparently harmed. Then I put a drop of water with the oil and tipped the jar so that the spider slid
into the water and oil together and instantly it shriveled up died. Conclusion: The oil alone is an insect
repellant. Combined with water, it is an insecticide.

        Aphids are tricky but what the plant is really telling you is that it is undernourished. Whether
plant, four-legged, winged or two legged, when disease or parasites hit there is imbalance. Your plant
needs some nutrition, compost, kelp fertilizer, etc. Plants don't thrive on artificial fertilizers any more
than people do on artificial food. A spritz of rubbing alcohol once a day will kill the living aphids but
reapplication will be needed for the eggs (just like humans). Three percent hydrogen peroxide
sprayed on the leaves will be helpful as well, 1 time per day. 1/3 h202 to 2/3 water mix. Don't overdo
with alcohol or peroxide as leaves will brown. If possible, place both plants in the shower and hose
them down thoroughly. This can be repeated for infection remanifests at next hatch. This will reduce
egg nests and the gooey left over by-products that attract other bugs. It is also an opportunity to flush
water pollution from the plants soil and roots. Thoroughly flood pots and let them drain in the shower.
Be careful not to over water after this. It may take a week for large pots to lose that soil moisture. If
there are any other plants in the area they are also at risk. That's why the florist suggested pitching
them, so act accordingly towards them with preventatives.
        As for oil, try a spray of Lavender several times a day. Remember to restore the health of the
plant by nourishing cleansing and building. In other words treat it like it’s a human and you'll be
surprised how well it comes out. Be well, Sheila

       Plant a piece of garlic in the plant; it works (for plant lice). Poula

       I'm on another list and am going to try something different this year. I'm hearing that Catnip
Oil even repels mosquitoes better than Citronella! I've also got several saved recipes for natural bug
sprays if anyone wants them. Oh yes, on the Catnip Oil - a few drops will do you as I hear it is really
pungent! I would love your recipes PLEEEASE! Catnip Oil hmm, that would be good because I have
one horse that has reactions to Citronella. Do you mix it with anything? Thanks so much! Léonie

       Homemade Fly Spray – Ingredients are 3 tablespoons Eucalyptus Oil, ½ cup Hair Conditioner
(Suave works best), ½ cup Baby Oil, ½ cup Skin So Soft (optional) and 1 cup Pine Sol (original
formula). Fill the remainder of a 32 ounce bottle with water.

       Natural Insect Repellent - ½ cup Citronella, ½ cup Mineral Oil, ½ cup Cider Vinegar and 3
cups distilled water. Mix together and shake well. Spray body of horse and wipe on face with cloth.
Do not get into eyes.

       Skin So Soft Fly Spray - 1 ounce Citronella Oil, 2 ounces Skin So Soft or Coat So Soft, 1 cup
Cider Vinegar and 1 cup Water. Mix in a 20 ounce Spray bottle.
       Lemon Fly Spray - 500ml (2 cups) light Mineral Oil, 125 ml (½ cup) Lemon Juice, 10 ml (2
teaspoons) Citronella Oil, 10 ml Eucalyptus Oil, 10 ml Lemon Dish Soap and 125 ml Glycerin
(optional). Mix in a spray bottle and spray away! An easy do it yourself fly spray that is relatively
inexpensive. This spray attracts dust so do not use it before a show.

        Eucalyptus Fly Spray - 1 tablespoon Eucalyptus Oil, 1-2 tablespoons Citronella Oil, 1
tablespoon Camphor Oil, 1/3 - ½ cup Hair Conditioner, 1/3 - ½ cup Baby Oil and 1 cup Pine Sol
(original formula). Fill remainder of 32 ounce bottle with water. If you decide to play with the recipe,
remember that you must have an emulsifier to break down the oils. Mix the ingredients and spray this
as a fine mist. Pine Sol has a lot of emulsifier and the hair conditioner has some, too.

         Mosquitoes - 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract and 1 cup Water. Mix and wipe or spray on horse.

       Spider Repellant for the barn or house – Lysol. Mix Lysol and water. The mixture does not
have to be very strong. Wash down walls, etc. One application should last all season.

       Oils that Repel Insects - Try mixing some of these in with your fly mixes. Peppermint,
Citronella, Lemongrass, Pennyroyal (fleas), Melaleuca (ticks, leeches, and lice) and Lavender.

       Fly Trap - 3 cups Water, ¼ cup Sugar and ½ cup Vinegar. Mix ingredients. Place in a jar or
can with holes in the lid. Place were needed.

         Plants that Repel Insects
         Flying insects – Basil, Bay Leaves, Cloves, Lemon Basil, Tansy, Pyrethrum and Shoo-Fly

        Fly Spray for Horse and Human - 3 ounce Skin So Soft, 1 ounce Citronella Oil (Health Food
Store), 12 ounces White Vinegar and 12 ounces water. Mix in gallon jug and wipe or spray on.

        Fly Spray - 1 part Dawn, 2 parts Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 part water and 2 teaspoons per quart
of Liquid Vicks. Put Dawn in last and don't shake.

      For every 8 ounces of distilled water include 10 drops each of Lemongrass, Melaleuca and
Peppermint. It will need to be reapplied regularly. Blessings, Pam

        Mosquitoes - 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, 1 cup Water and I dab Vanilla Extract on pulse points
(mine) to keep away the nasty gnats too! I add this into my bug spray also. My barn looks like a
kitchen cabinet. Léonie

        I have wooden decking and staircase outside my back door and family room. Wasps, hornets
and carpenter bees seem to find this a gourmet hotel and I've paid $$$$$ in the past for spraying.
Last summer, picking up some ideas from this wonderful list, I took a very small spray bottle, filled it ¾
of the way with tap water and randomly dropped in some Purification and some Peppermint. I
sprayed the wood where these critters love to congregate and I have not had to deal with them since!
When I remember, I repeat this in case it has washed or worn off. It also may have been a help that I
planted some Lavender and Peppermint herbs under the stairs, but they are not near the other deck
and that has remained free of infestation also. Sharon Morrissey

        I want to tell you that I have tried the Purification and Peppermint in V6 Mixing Oil to keep the
bugs off of me when I am in the yard. I have had to stay in the house for many years from spring to
fall because of those pesky mosquitoes and other little insects that like me. I mixed up a couple of
drops of Purification and Spearmint, with V-6 Mixing Oil last Saturday, applied it to my arms, around
my neck and to the ankles. It worked great. Pat

        1 New Spritzer Bottle, 4 drops Purification, 4 drops Lemongrass and 2 drops Lavender. Add
approximately 1 cup distilled or pure water. Shake before use. Spritz arms, legs, chest and back of
neck, spritz hands, rub on face and ears and into hair. Great for working in yard to keep bugs off and
away or evening walks along your favorite woodsy path. Reapply when needed. Take bottle with you
in your back pack and enjoy nature, bite free. Yours in Health, Frank Seeley

        This was on The American Orchid Society's web site. Peppermint oil and castile liquid soap
(available at health food stores) makes a safe, effective pest control. Dilute 1 teaspoon per quart of
water in a hand sprayer and spray infestations every few days until controlled. This works especially
well against soft-bodied pests such as aphids and mealy bugs. Best, Brenda

         In my teenage days, I was an expert at various ways of making ants suffer with gasoline. Now
that I'm on a healthier, less destructive path, I've found a found new ways to torture them.
         1. Beneficial Nematodes - Do an internet search. Basically, these are good, microscopic bugs
that eat the bad bugs. They occur naturally in healthy soil and as with parasites in the body, if the bad
bugs start taking over, you can be sure something is out of balance. They need damp soil in order to
flourish and usually die out in summer. But if you spray them on during spring and fall wet seasons,
they have time to eat larva of ants, spiders, cockroaches, fleas, ticks, etc. so they aren't as bad the
following summer. This is a preventative measure and will make earthworms and green stuff more
bountiful. Spray them on the whole yard.
         2. Diatomaceous Earth - You can find this at any nursery. I think it is normally used to alkalize
the soil, make it lighter or something. It’s a natural substance - fossilized shells (or something) ground
to a powder that is so fine and sharp, that when it gets into the joints of animals with exoskeletons
(bugs, parasites), it eventually cuts through and "guts" are exposed leading to what I perceive as very
slow, agonizing, arthritis-like death. Very satisfying for me. I "dust" mounds once a week or so for
several weeks. It’s slow, but it usually dies out over time. It's relatively cheap and works best during
dry season. Even though it looks and feels like the poison powders, rest assured that it is completely
safe. Some people even mix a teaspoon or so in water and drink it as a way to control parasites. No
harm to those with skeletons - only exoskeletons. I get a 40 pound bag, dump it into a plastic trash
can and dip into it with a tea picture. White powder all over me, no worries. It's even found in our YL
ComforTone as a natural parasite killer. Ideally, this would be thinly spread over the whole yard so
the insects have no place to escape, but I just spread it 2 or 3 feet around a mound or wherever I find
a popular ant hangout.
         3. Orange Oil - Not our precious therapeutic stuff. Find the stuff that janitors once used in
schools. I get 32 ounces for $15.25 from a local organic farmer. Mix a couple ounces in a gallon of
water and pour into the mounds. It’s the next best thing to gasoline and environment friendly. (It does
kill the grass though.) This mixture is also great for cleaning windows, showers, bathtubs, etc. and it'll
keep the bugs away and smell good. From my container - bottled by Erath Earth, a Gathering and
Holding Co., Rt 2 Box 111, Hico, TX 76457.

      I have been putting Thieves Household Cleaner in a spray bottle and diluting with water.
When I spray the counter where the ants are, the ants die right away. Try this one. Cathy

       I put fresh bay leaves out on the counter and the ants leave. Sherry

       Hi Sherry, Bill and all
       This is not only a simple solution to critters of the crawling kind. Try it on those pesky pantry
moths. It is amazing. I keep bay leaves in my flour, dog food, dried beans and scattered on my
pantry shelves and moths stay away! Wendy

        Flea Prevention Spray
        2 cups water, 1 large, unpeeled lemon (slice paper thin), 1 long branch of Rosemary (or 1
tablespoon dried) and 5 drops Melaleuca. Heat the water to almost boiling and pour over the lemon
slices. Add the Rosemary branch and Melaleuca and steep overnight. Strain and pour into a spray
bottle. Spray daily to repel fleas. Also reported to be effective against ticks and mosquitoes.
        Andrea and Donut

        Safe Insect Repellants – David Stewart
        As far as repellants go, when you go into the woods and fields, put a little Lavender around
your ankles, wrists, and waist-band and you won't have to worry about chiggers or ticks (or Lyme
Disease of Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever). Lemongrass, Sage or Thyme would work, too, but
might irritate your skin so put it on your pant cuffs and shirt sleeves. As for your pets, you can put oils
such as Purification, around their necks and backs, but watch to keep oils from around their eyes. So
there you have it. Non-toxic pest control.

        This just out in Mother Earth - Mix together 2 tablespoons Citronella, 2 tablespoons Rosemary,
2 tablespoons Geranium and 2 tablespoons Eucalyptus in ½ cup olive oil. Store in a labeled opaque
bottle. Dab on bandanna, clothing, hat or skin. Keep away from eyes and mouth.

        Queen with heartburn -3 ½ ounce strawberry jam (any sweet jam will do), 1 ½ tablespoons of
wet, canned cat food (cheap brand) and 1 tablespoons of boric acid. Worker ants will take this back
to the queen and when she eats it she will die.

        Feed the ants Melon
        Leave a slice of watermelon or cantaloupe in the yard far from house. If you want to trap them
put slices in a plastic bottle and put lid on it when it attracts a lot. You can add ant killer inside the
bottle as well if you wish.

       Ant Trapper
       6 tablespoons of granulated sugar
       6 tablespoons of active dry yeast (fresh)
       ½ cup standard grade molasses or honey
       10 small plastic lids or bottle caps
       Mix all ingredients and place near ants, can also place ingredients on a stick.

        Ant Hills
        ¼ cup liquid hand soap
        1 gallon of cool tap water
        Place the ingredients into a bucket and mix well, then pour 1-2 cups on the ant hill and repeat
after 1 hour to be sure that the mixture penetrates deep into the chambers.

        Ant Dust
        ¼ pound dried peppermint (from health food store or your homegrown)
        ¼ pound rock dust (from nursery)
        ¼ pound seaweed powder (from garden supply)
        ¼ pound alfalfa meal (organic, from health food store)
        ¼ pound cayenne pepper
        Place all ingredients in a well-sealed jar or plastic container and shake well to mix. Avoid
getting any of the powder on your hands and possibly into your eyes. Use a small amount of the
powder where the ants migrate to. This will keep them away but not kill them. Keep away from
children and pets.

       Ant Spray for the garden
       2 tablespoons flaked Ivory Soap
       1 tablespoon Tabasco Sauce
       5 drops of sesame seed oil (from health food store)
       5 drops of Jungle Rain (from garden supply)
       1 gallon spray bottle
       Place all ingredients in the gallon bottle and shake to mix well. This can be sprayed directly on
the ants or on their pathways. Keep away from children and pets.

       Powder The Ants’ Noses
       Place diatomaceous earth (DE), powdered charcoal, powdered pyrethrum-silica dust or bone
meal around the base of the plants in an area; in which the ants are bothering the plants.

      Repel the Ants with Tansy
      If you sprinkle some fresh tansy leaves in the corners of your kitchen counter and in the
windowsill it will repel ants 100%.

       Give The Ants A Bath
       Pour 2-3 gallons of hot water on the mound, 170 degrees F is hot enough. Do this around
12:00-2:00 when the queen is more active. Repeat about 3 additional times on other days.

      Fire Ant Remedy
      1 quart cold tap water
      ¼ ounce peppermint powder
      5 ounces powdered Ivory soap
      1 ounce Citra Solve (from health food store)
      1 spray bottle
      Place all ingredients in a plastic bottle with a lid and shake to mix. Spray the solution
anywhere ants have been seen and in their nest if you can find it.

       Slippery Gunk for Snails
       7 ounces Vaseline
       8 ounces Castor Oil
      1 ounce Cayenne pepper
      1 ounce Tabasco Sauce
      Place the Baseline and the castor oil in a medium plastic container and mix. Add the pepper
and Tabasco Sauce to give it a real boost. This mixture works great if placed on the trunk of a plant.

       Shower The Slugs with Ammonia
       Fill a 1 quart bottle with warm tap water and add 1 tablespoon of household ammonia then
shake and spray the snails and slugs.

         Clog The Slugs Pores
         If you sprinkle diatomaceous earth (DE) around it will clog the pores and the snails and slugs
will suffocate. You can mix a solution of DE, a small amount of Ivory Liquid Soap and water and
spray your plants in areas that are frequented by snails and slugs. DE will irritate your lungs, so try
not to breathe it in. DE also prevents snails from laying eggs, which will reduce the population over
the years.

       Good for Plants, Bad for Slugs
       Alfalfa meal is high in nitrogen plant food that if sprinkled around plants will supply the plant
with nutrients and will provide a barrier against snails and slugs. If you do use alfalfa meal, make sure
you do not water the plants for 24 hours after the treatment.

       Plants that Repel Slugs
       Rosemary and wormwood
       You can prepare a tea and spray it around and it will repel slugs as well.

       ¼ teaspoon eucalyptus oil
       ½ teaspoon Ivory liquid soap
       ½ teaspoon canola oil
       ½ gallon water
       Place all the ingredients into a bucket and mix well. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and
spray the affected areas.

        A Good Use for Tobacco
        Aphids love roses and will do a lot of damage if not discouraged from getting to them. A good
natural method of deterring aphids is to bury a mixture of 1 cup of tobacco mixed with ½ cup of
powdered garlic and 1 cup of compost mixed into the soil around the base of the bushes.

       The Aphid Killer Lemon
       Bring 1 pint of tap water to a boil, remove from the range and add the grated rind of 1 lemon.
This mixture needs to steep overnight to release all the citrus oil. Strain the mixture and either spray it
on the aphids or use it on a soft bristle brush and paint the plant with the solution. Any citrus rind can
be used, but lemon and lime seem to be more somewhat effective. The two active ingredients are
limonene and linalool.

        Pepper Spray Works Great for Aphids
        1 tablespoon Tabasco Sauce
        6 Cloves Garlic
        1 quart of warm tap water
        Chop the garlic up very fine and then add the Tabasco Sauce and water. Allow it to stand for
1 hour before you strain and put in a sprayer. One teaspoon of cayenne pepper may be substituted
for the Tabasco Sauce.
       No Lady When Aphids are Around
       Lady bugs love to eat aphids.

       A Plant Repellent
       If you plant nasturtiums around plants that are susceptible to aphid attacks it will keep the
aphids away. Garlic and onion plants are almost as good but nasturtiums seem to be more effective.

       All information on ants, slugs and aphids was gathered from Grandmother's Critter Ridder by
Dr. Myles H. Bader

        Hello everyone
        I don't post very often, but this is one I can answer. We live in a very wooded area and have
more than our share of ticks, fleas, chiggers, deer flies and other biting critters that pester our horses
and dog in the summer.
        We put apple cider vinegar in their drinking water (start with a small amount so they get used
to the taste. Our horses prefer the vinegar water. Jake even waits to drink if I haven't poured in the
vinegar yet.) Also, we feed debittered brewer's yeast (We get it from Puritan's Pride. Sometimes they
have great sales.) The combination seems to make our guys less tasty to the biting and sucking
insects. Works like a charm with fleas, too.
        I tried feeding a supplement that had garlic in it because garlic sure works for me and my
husband, but our horses didn't like it and we can't afford to waste grain. Also in my research I
discovered that garlic can cause anemia in foals but I didn't want to take any chances since our
horses are very healthy. Hope this helps. Kay in Ohio

          Hello Oilers
          I use Thieves Household Cleaner which I am sure you all do. Any way I have been getting
flies in the house as even though we have air conditioning my pet door lets them come in also. I did
hear that oils were good for getting bugs, but I could not remember what oils. There were a couple on
my large living room window and the Thieves mix for cleaning was there. I zapped the fly with it and
down he went. God bless. Oil hugs, Patricia.

        Here in the middle east, where mosquitoes are fact of life, we use nature power to fight them.
Hang up bunches of raw garlic plant everywhere, in balconies and in every room, kitchen especially.
This is the best insect repellent ever. Rub lemon fruit on skin wherever applicable to drive insects
away. Burn oils like mint or Eucalyptus every night to drive insects away, avoid chemicals.

        Hi Joylers
        If you make your own Peppermint Oil mixed with water, be sure you don't make it too strong. I
thought I had a weak solution, around 5 drops of oil in a quart sprayer. I sprayed it on cucumber
plants. They were flowering and little cucumbers were starting. I used the mixture to prevent bugs
from attacking the plant. The leaves burned, curled up and died and to my horror, so did the rest of
the plant. Next time I'll use the Peppermint, perhaps on a pumpkin plant that's growing, but only if I
notice any bugs on the leaves. The leaves sort of seem like the cucumber leaves. Be well, Jeannie

       Mix about 10 drops of Purification, Eucalyptus and Cedarwood in a spray bottle with some
filtered water. Add to that either massage oil or the Sunsation oil (it too wards off bugs). Use a 4
ounce bottle or smaller. Put water and the lipid oil in first only about half full, you’ll have to play with it
a little, add your essential oils last because if you get carried away putting in the water all your oils will
float right out of your bottle, since they go to the top. I use a spray bottle for this but tell people to
spray their hands and rub on that way you haven’t lost your oils to the wind. This also works for the
dogs as a flea and tick repellent. I used this in the south where the ticks were awful and we didn’t get
any, we forgot to put it on we each had two ticks we brought home with us. Charla Sirtoff

       Dear Oilers
       We have had COMPLETE and total instant success with using a few drops (not diluted in a
spray bottle) for ants in two different houses with Peppermint. The ants left and never returned!
Happy Oiling, Amy Keehn

        We always had a terrible problem with ants in this house as soon as the weather would break
in spring. Last year I used Peppermint like crazy which did help but I still had to be beyond
meticulous and downright drill sergeant the whole time for dishes, food left anywhere had to buy all
plastic containers to keep ANYTHING in the cabinets in. It stunk! But prior to the Peppermint it was
worse. Nothing we did worked (with 5 kids you can imagine how much they loved the drill sergeant!)
        This year to date I have to report we have had virtually NO ant problem! The only difference
has been Thieves Cleaner! I use it diluted in a spray bottle and we wipe counters, furniture, etc. down
most every night as just our typical cleanup nightly and I think because we use it all the time they just
never bothered coming in. I've even now used it outside at my front steps to get rid of them there and
as I said this is diluted! I've been thrilled! Marlene

        I'm in St Louis and its pretty humid here, so morning and sunset are VERY buggy. If I stand
next to my vegetable patch for one minute I have at least 2 mosquitoes on me unless I use my bug
spray. I have a 4 ounce spray bottle. I use witch hazel, some glycerin, 15-20 drops of Purification
and another 5-10 of Lemongrass. IT'S AMAZING. I sleep outside in a hammock some nights and I
come in after sunrise with NO bites whatsoever. A drop of Rosemary or Oregano is also good.
        Hope this helps, Namaste, Rachel

        Hello Joyful Ones
        Spreading a line of plain powdered cinnamon along the ants pathways confuses their sense of
direction enough to make them go elsewhere. Another kitchen remedy. Good luck! Z

       I use Peppermint Oil straight along the entrance of the doors or where the ants come in. Also,
a mixture of Purification, Lemongrass, and Thyme Oil, either just in a spray bottle with water or
sometimes I'll add some vinegar to the water. It's strong and it works. Good luck, Sylvia

        I recently got a quote for $850 to get rid of termites on my property. I just put 2 bottles of each
of the following oils in a bottle of V6 and the termites are all dead and gone. I figured that this is costly
to buy the oils but it beats having to pay some exterminator to come and make my soil toxic. To me it
was worth the shot. I'm glad I did it because I had the engineer come back to inspect for them
because I was refinancing and wanted another loan to fix my house and my home is termite and
carpenter ant free now. I used 2 each of Abundance, Thieves, Clove, Cinnamon, Purification, Lemon,
Lemongrass and a large bottle of V6. I put the whole thing in a larger bottle and I squirt it all around
the perimeter of my house and doorstep or anywhere termites or carpenter ants would love to hide. I
also keep a bottle hooked up to my hose to spray over the base of the property. I just have to upkeep
it periodically and I'm all good! I use a lot of Purification on my dogs to keep off all the ticks and fleas.
It works on my cats too. Have a fun bugless, pesticide free spring, Nina

         This is what is so awesome about it working for ants. As I posted previously we have had NO
ant issue this year at all inside my house!
         Because I use this to spray everything down at night as part of our clean up for the day
(counters, dressers, desks, tables etc everything), I dilute it a lot really which is why it working is so
awesome. Also as of last night it also works outside for beetles! They were swarming my outside
light! They all left!
         I use a 32 ounce spray bottle that the lowest line is 5 ounces on it. I really only fill it to a ridge
line in the bottle below that, which is a little less then half the way to the 5 ounce line so at most I'd
say 2.5 ounce of Thieves Cleaner to the rest water filled to the top of the spray bottle. So it's very
economical, healthy and the ant issue was a HUGE added bonus for us! Love you, Marlene

        Hello Everyone
        My 17-year-old daughter went on a class outing this week to a nature preserve in Toronto,
Canada. This is a place where everything is left to grow wild so students can study the wildlife,
plants, insects, etc., kind of like being in the bush. A class of about 25 students went and they were
all swarmed with mosquitoes throughout the day. My daughter used Purification. She rubbed just 2
drops all over her and she got one bite on the back of her neck. The other students used chemical
repellants or nothing and all of them were covered with bites. Arlene Anisman

        …To help keep mosquitoes and other pests away (both on the dogs and ourselves), we use a
mixture of 1 ounce Witch Hazel, available at any drug store and 30 drops of the Cedarwood. We just
spray it on the dogs and ourselves when outside. I hope this helps some. God Bless! Rich

        I want to tell you that I have tried the Purification and Peppermint in V6 mixing Oil to keep the
bugs off of me when I am in the yard. For many years I have had to stay in the house from spring to
fall because of those pesky mosquitoes and other little insects that like me. For some reason they
always flocked to me. I mixed up a couple of drops of Purification and Spearmint with V-6 mixing Oil
last Saturday applied it to my arms, around my neck and to the ankles. It worked great. Pat

       1 new spritzer bottle, 4 drops Purification, 4 drops Lemongrass and 2 drops Lavender. Add
approximately 1 cup pure water. Shake before use. Spritz arms, legs, chest and back of neck, spritz
hands rub on face, ears and into hair. Great for working in yard to keep bugs off and on evening
walks. Reapply when needed. Take bottle with you to your back pack and enjoy nature, bite free.
Yours in Health, Frank Seeley

        Hello Joyful Ones (ants)
        Spreading a line of plain powdered cinnamon along their pathways confuses their sense of
direction enough to make them go elsewhere. Another kitchen remedy. Good luck! Z

        I use Peppermint oil neet along the entrance of the doors or where they come in. Also, a
mixture of Purification, Lemongrass and Thyme, either just in a spray bottle with water or sometimes
I'll add some vinegar to the water. It's strong and it works. Good luck, Sylvia

         This information is coming to you from Jean Marie Friedmann - Dr. Terry Friedmann's wife.
Please print and share freely.
         For plants infested with insects, use one of the following essential oils. Fill a mist spray bottle
with 4 ounces of water, add the essential oils and mist the infested plant. Use as little as possible.
Several applications, a few days apart may be necessary.
         Spearmint - ants, aphids, caterpillars, black flea beetle, gnats, lice, moths and plant lice.
         Peppermint - ants, aphids, bean beetle, cabbage root fly, caterpillars, black flee beetle, flies,
lice, moths and plant lice.
         Lemongrass - black flea beetle, fleas, mosquitoes and ticks.
         Tansy - black fly, carrot fly, fleas, flies, greenfly, mosquitoes and white fly.
         Hyssop - aphids, cabbage root fly, moths and slugs.
         Thyme - bean beetle, cabbage root fly, cutworm and ticks.
         Sage - cabbage root fly, cutworm, nematodes, ticks and white fly.
         Rosemary - cabbage root fly and carrot fly.
         Patchouly - gnats, snails, weevils and woolly aphids.
         Pine - slugs, snails and wooly aphids.
         Sandalwood - weevils and wooly aphids.
         Our all around favorite is Young Living's Blend of Purification. We always have it with us.
         Purification will not only help keep the bugs away, but when applied to a bite or sting, will
neutralize the venom. We have applied a drop of Purification to wasp, bee and yellow jacket stings
and felt the pain go away immediately and the swelling subside. The next day, there were no traces
of a sting. It works well for mosquito bites, too.

       Hi Jenn (asking about termites)
       Varmints are varmints. Peppermint chases them all, including mice. Diffuse it. Char

        For ants use Orange Oil. Not our precious therapeutic stuff. Find the stuff that janitors once
used in schools. I get 32 ounces for $15.25 from a local organic farmer. Mix a couple ounces in a
gallon of water and pour into/onto the mounds. It’s the next best thing to gasoline and its environment
friendly. It does kill the grass though. This mixture is also great for cleaning windows, showers,
bathtubs, etc. and it'll keep the bugs away and smell good.

        One thing that I have found that really works great on ants of any kind is Peppermint. I had
these ants that kept coming into the house and my little granddaughter would pick them up between
her fingers and try to eat them. So I put Peppermint clear across the door seal and as I was doing
this here came an ant on high, just as he got close to where I put the Peppermint he reared up on his
hind legs and his antennas were waving back and forth and he pivoted and went the other direction.

        Always remember to use Purification on any insect bite, especially poisonous insect bites to
neutralize the poison. Here is a list of essential oils you can use on bites. 1 drop Thyme or 1drop
Lavender. 10 drops Lavender, 1drop Birch, 4 drops Eucalyptus and 3 drops Roman Chamomile in 1
tablespoon V-6.

       Brown Recluse Spider Bite – Use 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Helichrysum and 1 drop Melrose.
Apply neet to bite then add to an oatmeal poultice, 5 drops each to draw out the poison. After the
poultice, apply Purification.

       Black Widow Spider Bite - 10 drops Lavender right after the bite and then 1 drop every two to
three minutes until you get to the doctor. Also again apply Purification in between the Lavender.

        Eucalyptus globulus kills bed bugs! Jessica Wild

         To repel spiders, it is a good idea to diffuse Peppermint alternately with Thieves. I’ve heard
that if you hit a spider with Thieves, it will kill it immediately. So I diffuse the Thieves and hope it will
keep them out in the first place. Diane

       You can use Peppermint Oil on cotton balls if you have moles digging up your yard. Put a few
drops on cotton balls in the mole hills and they will leave your yard and go someplace else. Diane

      I have found using Western Red Cedar and leaving the bottle open in the cabinets helps too.
We have a lot of palmetto bugs and silver fish here and I have also rubbed the cabinets in my garage
with Western Red Cedar and it really keeps the pests away. Angel

      I have been putting Thieves Household Cleaner in a spray bottle and diluting with water.
When I spray the ants on the counter, they die right away. Cathy

       Hi Sherry
       This is not only a simple solution to critters of the crawling kind. Try it on those pesky pantry
moths. It is amazing. I keep bay leaves in my flour, dog food, dried beans and scattered on my
pantry shelves and moths stay away! Wendy

       I have been rubbing a combination of essential oils on my bare skin to keep little creatures
away so they won't bite. I use the same amount of R.C. Purification, Geranium and Rosemary, then I
use twice the amount of massage oil. This has been really successful and it makes me smell good
too. Frankie Hart

      Hi Nancy
      I make up a blend using Cedarwood, Eucalyptus radiata, Lemongrass, Geranium, Citronella,
Peppermint and Melaleuca. I put this in a carrier oil. This way I get whatever insect is out at the time.
Some people put their oil in water but I feel that the oils seal it in for longer lasting effects. Barb

       I have a tried and true formula! It uses soybean oil as the carrier. They have done studies
and found that just soybean oil on its own repels mosquitoes better than deet. So add the YLEO's
and you are good for a whole summer. 6 ounces Soybean Oil, 30 drops each of Cedarwood,
Peppermint, Rosemary, Geranium, Clove and Lemongrass. Apply like a lotion to exposed skin. You
can experiment with the potency, adding more drops of one of the oils to make a scent that is
personally pleasing to you. Indigo
        Two nights ago, I found a Black Widow spider on my back porch in the evening. Those things
scare me just to look at them. You have no idea how much courage it took to get close enough to
drop straight Thieves on her. It did her in. I could have used the diluted Thieves Cleaner, but I
wanted to give her the full monty, to be sure I got her. She shriveled up and ran for cover. I don't
think she made it. Unfortunately, I did waste some Thieves as my hands were shaking and I missed
several times.
        Other kinds of spiders are not a problem and I HAVE used the Thieves Cleaner with the spray
bottle set to stream to discourage them. I like this because anywhere the Cleaner hits, it is only going
to disinfect, as well as kill the insects. The other thing that amazes me is watching flies literally drop
to the ground as soon as they are hit with Thieves Cleaner. This is good stuff! Julie

       For flies specifically, Idaho Tansy and Lemon are great too! Healing Waggs, Heatherjoy

      We live in Arizona, and when it is cool it is mosquito heaven! We swear by Brewers Yeast
supplementation. When we take brewers yeast, no one gets bitten! Jessica Wild

         I live in Minnesota and it is mosquito heaven here too! I also live on a corner lot with a couple
of acres and have a pond across both streets on top of it! I found that sprinkling minced garlic around
the yard made a huge difference. I get the big container from Sam's club and use most of it. It seems
to last a long time. If you get a lot of rain you might have to do it twice in a summer. Rachelle

       Good Morning
       In response to which oils work for spiders - I just had this experience yesterday. I found 5
spider nests in my son's window. They had hatched and were working their way out of the web. I
sprayed my Thieves Spray once and they all died. It was almost instantly. His room smelled nice too!
Hugs, Jilly

        Cockroaches - Roaches will eat just about anything when hungry enough but their preferred
diet consists of carbohydrate based substances including pastes, glues, solid soaps and starch based
paints and foods like pasta. The following tips and methods may be tried on any of these roaches.
        Sugar and Baking Soda: This excellent cockroach treatment comes from Christopher Moss
who resides in Prescott, Arizona. He says this worked on the smaller Oriental type of cockroaches
that tend to infest cabinets. Prior to coming up with this recipe Christopher had used the commercial
type sprays that you can find at supermarkets to no avail. Boric acid baits did not work either. Our
many thanks to Christopher for this!
        Just mix 50/50 granulated sugar and baking soda (Arm and Hammer will do) and place it in
their path. It takes about 3 or 4 days to notice a reduction and 2 weeks later, no roaches. The cure
seems relatively permanent, although you may have to repeat some months later.
        Why might this work? The roach has an acid stomach. They can't resist the sugar and the
baking soda mixes with the acid in their stomachs. Blamo! The best part is the roach is a cannibal
and they eat their dead and the whole process cascades through the colony.

        My husband, a big fan of Clove Oil, discovered that it repels black flies! He just wets his finger
tips and rubs his neck hair line and other exposed parts. I find this works very well too! I mix up a
spray bottle with 4 ounces of water and about 10 drops of Purification and 7 drops of Clove, shake
and spray liberally! Lori

       A drop of Geranium Oil on forehead, wrist and toe before going to bed and I never get
bothered by the mosquitoes.

       I would suggest Purification. The Citronella content is high and that is a well known insect
repellent. It’s been highly effective in getting rid of any sort of pest here in my own home. Renee

        Hi Julie
        I have found that using Thieves Cleaner in a spray bottle and diffusing Thieves Oil sends
almost all bugs packing. I would spray around door jams and diffuse regularly. You can also put
Thieves Oil in some baking soda and sift over floors, in corners, under furniture, on counters, etc. I
don't see dead bugs after doing this, they just seem to go away which is FINE by me! Kathie

         (Aspartame) In case you doubt this, don't. I had read this some time ago and one of my
clients developed a bad ant problem in her dining room. We tried the Peppermint Oil and they didn't
like it but would come back as soon as the oil evaporated. I picked up one small package of
aspartame sweetener at the local coffee shop and we sprinkled it on the floor where the ants were
coming in. They were attracted to one of her tropical plants and she didn't want to get rid of it. That
was months ago. We left it there for one week and when we looked the white powder was still there,
they hadn't eaten very much because we couldn't see any missing but they have never come back.
Not even one ant since then and the plant is still there. Amazing, Adele

        We got a swarm of flies, possibly because the property next door has horses. We had
hundreds swarming on our back windows. I got the Black Flag flying insect spray and shot it right on
a batch of them. They didn’t move unless I sprayed enough to drown them. It had nominal effect.
        I got a 2 1/2 gallon bucket and I dropped in a 15ML bottle of Lemon and 15ML of Lemongrass,
the rest water. I mixed it and poured into a hand sprayer. I went back out, on a fine mist, sprayed on
a batch of them, they immediately fell over on the ground, spinning around and then dead! They are
all gone and I used my own inventory. From now on I’m spraying with this mix as a preventative
spray! Dave Oppenheim

        Cinnamon Oil kills mosquitoes more effectively than DEET

       Personal testimonials of how people use essential oils for other types of insects:
       http://oil-testimonials.com/matches-keyword.php?keyword=insect. Enjoy! Rob and Sara

        (Mosquito spray) Myrrh, Cedarwood, Cassia and Hyssop essential oils in it. I also use some
Neem Oil in it. A good friend of mine uses it on her dogs, herself and her 4 year old daughter. She
said since she started using that they are all mosquito-free and the dogs are also tick and flea-free. I
was thinking that the Geranium Oil would be good just because it is also good for the skin and at
eradicating bad bacteria, including MRSA. So that's a good choice. Kim Bloomer

       Hi Team
       I hope this alternative to the chemicals will be considered. My husband and I use a lot of
Lemongrass to keep the mosquitoes and other flying insects away. I planted some of the plants in my
yard last year and really had very few critters around. Grace

        We also have a homemade bug repellent that we use on the dogs. Slice 2 lemons (the thicker
the rind, the better). Put in glass jar. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons Rosemary over the lemons. Boil 8 cups
of water and pour over the mixture. Cover and let steep for 15 hours. Strain through cheesecloth and
store in the refrigerator. It has to be made and stored in glass, plastic will absorb the odors.

       What will help keep moths away is Cedarwood Oil. You can put some on wood or a fabric
softener cloth and leave it in your closet. Judy

       Hi Jean
       For moths try Patchouly on a cotton ball and put in the closet. Katherine (Kady) Dineen

        I have found Western Red Cedar to be effective in preventing moths in closets. I put a few
drops on a cotton ball and also sprinkle some drops on the closet floor. This also gives the closet a
very nice smell. Isabelle Baillie

       I use Peppermint Oil in a spray bottle to spray around my house, especially in the basement,
to keep spiders away. Every couple of weeks is all that is needed. Tom Leib

        I have a fabulous experience with Purification. This oil is the best. I don't have to worry about
getting bothered or bitten when I wear Purification. My father has 10 hours of lawn cutting by hand
and he swears by it. He uses 1 drop behind the neck, 1 drop on each wrist and 1 drop on each ankle.
After 5 hours, he reapplies. Andre Bourque

       Greetings to all
       In my house I have an infestation of bugs during spring and/or fall. When this happens I spritz
Thieves Cleaner around windows, doors and other possible areas of entry. That is the end of the
bugs and it smells fresh. Mae

       I made a discovery by accident last summer about Thieves Cleaner. I was standing at the sink
washing dishes when my husband came in the kitchen door and a fly came in. It immediately landed
on the window glass over the sink. I grabbed the bottle of Thieves Cleaner that I always have on the
counter and sprayed it. The fly fell over and died before my eyes. I have since done this many times
and the fly always dies. Proof to me about how great a germ and bug killer it is. Reba

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