Using Herbs for Customized Pest Control



pest control


Bugs, bugs, and more bugs!  Some are cute and cuddly, others outright nasty.  Then there are those sneaky ones that can devour a garden seemingly overnight.  I have a no nasty rule in my home and on my property, meaning that I will happily spend an entire day pulling weeds because I refuse to use horrible chemicals on my plants, and on the land.  Because I love to garden, and am definitely not a fan of bugs in my home (even if those daddy long legs do keep other bugs at bay, they still have to go), my arsenal of natural and safe pest control is growing, and I am happy to pass along what I have learned.


In the garden and in the home, placing various herbs strategically throughout can help ward off many pests. If you run out of room, or simply don’t have a green thumb, you can mix 12 drops of essential oil of the plant needed with 8 ounces of distilled water, and 1/2 teaspoon of natural soap in a spray bottle, and spritz where needed.  However, keep in mind that essential oils are powerful, and a little goes a long way.  Apply to plants sparingly, but be sure to spray both the top and underside of the leaves.  Several applications, every few days, may be necessary.  If using this method in the home, spray in key areas, such as around windows, doors, and along baseboards.


ANTS Peppermint
APHIDS Peppermint, Sandalwood, White Fir
BEETLES Peppermint, Thyme
CHIGGERS Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
FLEAS Cedarwood, Eucaplyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint
FLIES Basil, Clove, Eucaplyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
GNATS Patchouli
MOSQUITOES Cedarwood, Citronella, Lavender, Lemongrass
MOTHS Lavender, Peppermint
PLANT LICE Peppermint
ROACHES Eucaplyptus
SLUGS White Fir  (slugs and snails also love beer!  Place a small-medium food storage container in the garden so that the rim is flush with the ground, and fill with beer in the early evening.  Come back the next morning to find those suckers drunk and dead from the beer)
SNAILS Patchouli, White Fir
SPIDERS Peppermint
TICKS Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
WEEVILS Patchouli, Sandalwood

Amy Paolinelli

About Amy Paolinelli

Amy is a mom of 3 lively kiddos, a wife, and an advocate for natural living. Prior to having children, she worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist with high-risk youth. After having her first daughter, she found her passion in pregnancy, childbirth, babies, and natural living. She is now an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice, a student of Herbal Medicine for Women, and cofounder of 3Girls Holistic – a truly pure herbal skin care line. She loves getting her hands dirty in the garden and spending time near the water. You can find more of her writings at