Essential oils are concentrated botanical extracts that have a number of medicinal and household uses, including natural pest control!
Essential oils can sometimes be a good deterrent for pest control but they are not intended to be used as your only pest control method. Here are some reasons why essential oils don’t work for complete pest control.
There are some pests that will survive.
You may be able to successfully get rid of a few pesky insects with essential oils, but it’s not effective for all insects. Bed bugs are a great example. They are so resilient that they can survive in your freezer for some time. They can also live for a year without eating and sometimes it takes multiple pest control treatments to get rid of them. A little essential oil is not going to make them go away.
Essential oils are useless against infestations.
The truth is you may be able to use essential oils to take care of a couple of ants, but essential oils are simply not powerful enough to destroy an infestation of any kind of pest.
When you are preparing your home to be healthy from pest, you should do proper pest control. This includes sealing all possible entry points, cleaning, and inspecting your area properly. If you choose to use essential oils for pest control at this stage, you are free to do so. But, if your home is already infested with cockroaches, fleas, ants, mosquitoes, and mice, we recommend you leave that to the pros.