I’m not a fan of the chemical processes many commercial growers use to keep bugs at bay–so here are some essentials oils that repel garden pests! And I’m going to be 100% honest: I’m not great at growing things outside. I’m pretty okay at keeping my houseplants alive, foraging, growing wildflowers, and fruit trees and shrubs, but actual food?? I’m still learning. So I haven’t had a chance to try these out yet, but I know most of you can actually grow a thing, so here we go ☺️
Essential oils that repel garden pests
To make this a little easier to read, I’ll list the common garden nuisance and the oil(s) that repel it.
- Ants: peppermint, spearmint, clove, cinnamon
- Aphids: cedarwood, peppermint, spearmint
- Beetles: peppermint, thyme
- Caterpillars: spearmint, peppermint
- Gnats: patchouli, spearmint
- Plant lice: peppermint, spearmint
- Slugs: cedarwood
- Snails: cedarwood, patchouli
- Weevils: cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood
DIY antifungal spray for plants
Although fungus isn’t an insect, it is a pest in the garden! For any sort of fungus, you can use melaleuca. Add 20 drops melaleuca (aka tea tree) in a 4 oz spray bottle of water. Spray on your plant 1-2 times a week. I’m actually going to try this on what I think is a cherry tree growing on the border of an old fence. It has these weird raised blotchy red things on the leaves and it just seems like a fungus to me.
DIY insect spray for plants
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops thyme essential oil
- 10 drops clove essential oil
Combine in a 4 oz spray bottle filled with water and spray where you want to repel insects.
If you’re looking for essential oils that repel bees, ticks, and mosquitos click here.
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- The Essential Life