In Nature, plants and animals use scent to convey messages. Some plants employ a strong scent to attract pollinator insects; others use repellent fragrances against predators and harmful insects. In time humans have learned to extract aromas from plants in the form of essential oils, and we use them to benefit our physical and emotional wellbeing.
It is well known that some fragrances evoke positive emotions in humans. However, the same essential oils that create feelings of happiness, calm and relaxation in humans can carry a powerful stay-away message to pests. This means that we can enjoy the sublime fragrance of essential oils and at the same time use it to rid our homes of insects and harmful animals naturally.
Why essential oil is a healthier alternative to bug spray
Most commercial insect repellents contain an ingredient called, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET for short. DEET works to disorientate insects by scrambling the signals of scent receptors on their antennae. Unfortunately, many people who come in contact with the chemical also report adverse effects, ranging from rashes to nausea and headaches. Over time the use of insect repellents can cause a build-up of chemicals in our homes and the environment. The long-term effect of these harmful chemicals is a concern for our health.
AromaTech’s 100% pure essential oils contain only extracts from plants, and when exposed to air, they naturally break down leaving no harmful traces behind. Some essential oils contain ingredients that mimic the effect of DEET on insects, but withoutharmful side-effects to humans.
Essential oils are effective against a wide range of pests
On a list of irritating household pests, mosquitos must be at the top. Not only do their stings leave an itchy spot, but their buzzing can also be annoying while you try to sleep. Lavender, cinnamon, thyme, citrus, lemongrass, tea tree, cedar, and bergamot essential oils are all effective as a repellent against mosquitos. In the Aromatech pure essential oils range, Bedtime, Lullaby, Breathe Easy, Serenity and Calming all contain a combination of ingredients that will keep mosquitos at bay, with the added benefit that they will help you to relax and get a good night’s sleep.
Ants can get into everything. They leave messy piles of dirt as they excavate tunnels to expand their nests in search of food, and at the same time can cause structural damage to your home. Because ants make their nests behind walls and under floors where they are difficult to reach, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of them. The good news is that ants are profoundly scent orientated and the smell of some essential oils such as citrus, peppermint, tea tree, clove and cedarwood drive them away. A home that is scented with our 100% pure essential oils is less likely to be invaded by ants.
Flies and fruit flies in your home are not only irritating, but they are also unhygienic and pose a health risk when they contaminate food. Not to mention the embarrassment they can cause you when they alight on an impeccably set dinner table. Cloves, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and lavender are essential oils with a fresh fragrance that is welcome around food, but that will act as a potent fly repellent. Use our Eucalyptus, Happy, Peppermint or Awaken essential oil blends to welcome your guests but turn your dining room and kitchen into a no-fly zone for pests.
Cockroaches are a common problem in household kitchens. They can be especially difficult to eradicate in urban areas where they only need to travel a short distance to get to the next convenient source of food and warmth. As soon as you think you are rid of them, a new plague arrives through cracks under doors and drain pipes. If you scent your rooms with cedar, peppermint, lemongrass or bergamot essential oil, your home will smell unattractive to cockroaches, and they might decide to move on.
Many people are afraid of spiders, but they are some of nature’s best insect catchers and play an important role in our ecology. Spiders have an acute sense of smell. If you would prefer not to have their messy webs in your home, but don’t want to kill spiders, infuse your home with the scent of lavender, peppermint, citrus, or bergamot and they will soon move outdoors where they belong.
Mice can cause much damage to your home. They will not only make your kitchen unhygienic by leaving droppings on surfaces and in the cupboards, but they might also chew on electrical cables or damage your furniture. Peppermint, eucalyptus and spearmint essential oils are a surprisingly effective deterrent against rodents.
How to get the most benefit from essential oils as a pest repellent
You might think that rubbing essential oils on your skin is the most effective way to repel mosquitos but here are several reasons why this is not a good idea.
Although essential oils are natural and considered to be a holistic and healthy addition to your lifestyle, concentrated amounts of essential oil applied directly to the skin can lead to burning and irritation, allergies and sun sensitivity.
Diffusing essential oils in the air inside your home is a safer and more effective way of dealing with pests. It not only keeps away mosquitos but a whole range of insects and can even be a deterrent against rodents.
By far the most convenient and safest way to use essential oils as an insect repellent is to introduce Aromatech’s range of fragrances to your home. Our variety of 100% pure essential oils contains only natural ingredients. As an added advantage, we offer blends that contain more than one essential oil, ensuring that your home is adequately protected.
When essential oils are exposed to air, they soon start losing their effectiveness. To achieve the best protection against a pest invasion in your home, essential oils should be reapplied regularly. You could run around with a spray bottle and spritz your home whenever you remember, or you can use one of our Cold-Air Diffusers. Aromatech diffusers are programmable, allowing you to achieve a constant level of fragrance by setting a regular schedule for dispersal, so you don’t need to remember to spray or worry about pests creeping into your home when you forget.
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