If you want to avoid toxic pesticides, you can use essential oils for pest control.
Here's an all-purpose household bug spray:
You can adapt this recipe to deal with specific pests by substituting essential oils mentioned in the next section.
Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies
Aromatherapy for Roaches
To use essential oils to drive away cockroaches, mix 5 drops cypress and 10 drops peppermint in 1/2 cup salt water in a spray bottle. Shake well before spraying roaches and the area they infest.
Essential Oils for Spiders
Use peppermint, spearmint, or a citrus (lemon, orange, etc.) essential oil to repel spiders. Mix 10 to 20 drops of an essential oil in 1/2 cup salt water.
Essential Oils for Bedbugs
Combine ingredients in a dark glass spray bottle. Spray on bedding.
Put a few drops of one of the following essential oils on cotton balls or small sponge pieces:
Place the cotton balls or sponge where ants enter the house. Replace them once a week.
Put eucalyptus citriadora or eucalyptus radiata essential oil on cedar chips or cotton balls and place them in closets or drawers.
Use this mixture in your closet to keep out moths:
Another option is to place 5 drops each of cedarwood and clove essential oils on each of two cotton balls. Place them in a small mesh bag, and hang it in the closet.
Other essential oils that may help repel moths include hyssop, peppermint, and spearmint. You can place a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and place them where needed, making sure they don't touch your clothing.
Aromatherapy Moth Repellent Sachets
Sachet Recipe Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies
To prevent pest problems on plants, use one of the following essential oil blends in one gallon of water:
First, water your plants as usual. Then, spray the water/essential oil mixture onto the plants.
If your plants are already infested with insects, you need a stronger mixture. Here's one possibility:
Mix oils and water in a spray bottle. Shake well. Mist the plant lightly. You can repeat application every 2 to 3 days until the insects are gone.
Reference: 500 Formulas For Aromatherapy
For specific pest control for aphids, put 2 quarts salt water in a spray bottle and add 15 drops orange and 10 drops spearmint. Shake the mixture well and spray on plants. Other essential oils that might work are cedarwood, hyssop, or peppermint.
Here are some more essential oils for pest control:
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