Spring is here and many of us are getting our gardens ready for the warm weather. If you find that insects are nesting in your garden, try orange essential oil. Orange essential oil kills insects on contact by destroying their exoskeleton. Additionally, the scent will keep insects from nesting where you don’t want them to.
To create the perfect pesticide, just mix 2 tablespoons of orange essential oil with 1 gallon of water. You can spray the plants directly, or spray around the base of the shrubs and trees. Be sure to apply during a dry spell and to re-apply after a heavy rainfall. The mixture will last if you store it in a cool, dry place. Just shake the gallon or mix with a painters stick before re-use.
*Tip: If you are having trouble keeping snails and slugs away, try using actual orange peels. You can plant them in the soil around the affected area so you can’t see them, and the land insects will be sure to stay away.
**Tip: For anthills, puree orange rinds with a few drops of the orange essential oils and 1 cup of water. Pour the mixture directly on the anthill.
***If you are pregnant or nursing, be sure to check with a physician before working directly with the orange essential oil.