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A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That – Essential Oil Bug Spray

My name is Allyse and I am an arachnophobic. I’m not proud of it and I have considered hypnosis, but for now, there is this bug spray combo I made and it seemingly works for crickets too.

Phobias are pretty common. The fear of heights, closed in spaces, snakes. But I feel like my fear is so unavoidable. Spiders are everywhere — and now that it is getting warm, I have to put my defenses up.

One of the things I loved about living in a condo on the third floor was the lack of bugs. So, needless to say, I was a little nervous about moving into a house.  When we moved, I had the gardener use his leaf blower in all the nooks, crannies and webby areas. I killed a couple big ones out in the yard and after that, I went to town with this Ortho indoor/outdoor spray. I liked this because it was safe to spray inside as well even though I have only used it on the exterior of the house. I sprayed in all those areas that you know spiders love, then I sprayed all near the doors and the windows where they might sneak in.

I followed it up with a homemade essential oil bug repellant spray.  I’d say I put in about a quarter of each bottle of essential oils. I used equal parts lavender, peppermint, and rosemary.  I filled up the rest of the bottle with water and sprinkled in a little bit of salt so everything would mix. I shook it up, and sprayed all over the same areas.
Not only has it seemed to work over this past week, but it also makes your front yard and backyard smell heavenly. The Ortho brand bug spray has little to no scent, so all you smell are the essential oils.
Depending on your phobia level you could spray around the house once a week, once every month, or if you’re crazy like me you’ll probably be spraying a couple of times a week.
So that’s it folks, a little bit of a normal bug spray, then a little bit of essential oils might just be the best thing for you to keep the bugs away from your house. It really helped with the crickets at night.
If you try it, let me know.


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