I’m in love with my homemade bug spray. I think its safe to say that I have a strong dislike, nay a hatred of all creepy, crawly bugs and so began my war with them. I do realize that they are beneficial to the garden and the ecosystem so if they’re outside I’ll leave them be, but, if they enter my humble abode it’s on like Donkey Kong. Just the mere mention that one is near me will make me run like Usain Bolt. NOT KIDDING. That has led me on a quest to ban them from my house. With fall fast approaching there is no time like the present to prepare. This wonderful homemade bug spray is safe for the kiddos and pets and makes the house smell fresh and invigorating.
Homemade bug spray for the home
Here in Portland we have a problem with sugar ants. This concoction works well on keeping them out of your house along with mice and spiders.
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Tool and ingredients:
- Plastic spray bottle (I used a 12 oz bottle)
- Steam distilled or boiled water (to prevent mold if you don’t use all the spray at once)
- Dr. Bonner’s 18-1 hemp Peppermint castile soap
- Peppermint essential oil ( I like the now brand and the AN brand)
- funnel (optional)
Add 1 1/4 of cup water to the bottle, then 5 drops of Dr. Bonners soap and 20-50 drops peppermint oil. I add up to 40 drops because I don’t want ANY bugs in my house. You could get away with as little as 20 drops. Shake the bottle and spray all along baseboard’s, around doors, on window sills and generally any where the little buggers like to hide or gain entry. I also spray all over my garage and especially in my basement.
If you are worried about mice use a cotton ball with 5-10 drops of oil and place it in the corners where they like to hide.
It is not essential to add the soap but it helps to make the spray a finer mist so it distributes more evenly. You will notice on the picture below how the water without the soap “beads” up whereas the one with soap is a fine mist (same sprayer head was used for both at the same distance).
Just a little step to prepare for fall when the spiders find refuge inside our homes to stay warm. This homemade bug spray is my battle armor against the tiniest enemies. Sorry to all you bug lovers… I hate bugs!
***Bonus tip— Add 10 drops of peppermint oil onto a wet swifter pad for moping and cover your entire floor with the oil. I do this weekly because of the sugar ants. Since I have used both the spray and the mopping I went from seeing 100’s of ants a day to now 0! I have not notices any negative side effects from mopping with the oil on any of my hardwoods.***