Why Essential Oils Don’t Work for Pest Control

bed bugPeople like to choose essential oils for pest control because they think they’re choosing a natural and safe solution. Some homeowners even say these oils are not only effective but are also healthful and beneficial in other ways. Here are some reasons why essential oils don’t work for pest control.

Essential oils are not 100% natural.

Essential oil is basically the oil of the plant from which it was extracted. They’re called essential because they should contain the essence of the plant. Nowadays, the use of essential oils is subject to regulation. Problems started appearing when people begin to claim how these oils have curative effects.

The quality of essential oil is influenced by geography, weather, how was the plant was stored and packaged, and many other factors. Each plant is unique, and it’s not possible to create the same oil every time. Mass production of essential oils is so common nowadays, it’s hard to keep them 100% natural.

There are some pests that will survive.

You may be able to successfully get rid of a few pesky insects with essential oils, but it’s not effective for all insects. Bed bugs are a great example. They are so resilient that they can survive in your freezer for some time. They can also live for a year without eating and sometimes it takes multiple pest control treatments to get rid of them. A little essential oil is not going to make them go away.

Essential oils are useless against infestations.

The truth is you may be able to use essential oils to take care of a couple of ants, but essential oils are simply not powerful enough to destroy the entire colony. Sometimes, homeowners just can’t admit they have serious problems with pests, so they spend money on temporary solutions like essential oils.

When you’re preparing your home for the winter, you should do proper pest control. This includes sealing all possible entry points, cleaning, and inspecting your area properly. If you choose to use essential oils for pest control at this stage, you are free to do so. But, if your home is already infested with cockroaches, fleas, ants, mosquitoes, and mice, we recommend you forget about essential oils. Infestations should be left to the pros.

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