Essential Oils to Repel Pests & Insects | Natural Mosquito Repellant

Summer is in full swing, and you just want to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather, but you hate those pesky mosquitoes and other bugs that come with the warm weather. In this article I will be sharing some valuable insights with you regarding using essential oils to naturally repel insects, pests, and mosquitoes.

I understand the frustrations of dealing with these pesky insects. In my own household, both my daughter and husband are highly sensitive to mosquito bites, often resulting in uncomfortable welts and swelling. However, fear not! I have discovered some effective natural remedies that have worked wonders for us and others. So, without further ado, let's dive into the world of essential oils that will help you keep pests at bay.


One of my absolute favorites is TerraShield, this is a unique blend created by doTERRA. This remarkable blend of essential oils has proven to be a potent mosquito repellent. Unlike traditional bug sprays with overpowering aromas, Terra Shield boasts a refreshing scent that won't leave you smelling like a cleaning product or a traditional bug spray. It contains citronella, lemongrass, thyme oil, cedarwood, geranium, and peppermint, all combined with sesame seed oil as a carrier. You can apply it directly to exposed skin, and a little goes a long way. Alternatively, you can opt for the spray version. If you haven't tried Terra Shield recently, there's an updated recipe worth exploring, featuring sesame seed oil for enhanced effectiveness.



Citronella oil is a well-known mosquito repellent, often associated with citronella candles. However, using pure citronella oil is even more effective. Its bright and fresh scent resembles lemony grass and works wonders in warding off insects. You can even create a citronella soap or make a personal blend by mixing citronella with coconut oil. Applying a few drops to your neck, arms, and legs can help keep the pests away.


Lemon Eucalyptus 

Lemon eucalyptus oil is another potent insect repellent, and it's one of the key ingredients in TerraShield. Its intense aroma may remind you of a bathroom cleaner, so wearing it directly on your body might not be your preference. Instead, try using lemon eucalyptus oil in a diffuser on your patio or outdoor space. The portable diffusers from doTERRA, such as the Pilot or Roam, are excellent choices. A few drops of lemon eucalyptus oil in the diffuser will rapidly fill the area and keep insects at bay.



Peppermint oil is known for repelling spiders, ants, and even rodents. Sprinkling it on your welcome mat or using it to create a barrier with yarn along doorways and window frames can help deter unwanted pests. Besides its pest-repelling properties, peppermint oil provides a refreshing and invigorating scent and is cooling to the skin which is nice on hot summer days.

Peppermint is a great oil to use in your garden to deter bugs and rodents from destroying your garden. If you would like to know more about how to use essential oils in your organic garden check out my article, Organic Gardening Tips with Essential Oils.


Cedarwood oil has a distinctive aroma reminiscent of the cedar section at Home Depot. Not only does it repel bed bugs, but it also aids in sleep. Yes, even those fancy 5-star hotels have been known to have bed bugs.

You can create a calming spray by mixing approximately 20 drops each of cedarwood and lavender oil with water in a one or two-ounce bottle. Spritzing your sheets with this blend promotes a more relaxing sleep environment while helping to deter bed bugs.

Lavender and Purify

Despite our best efforts, it's inevitable to occasionally encounter bug bites. In such cases, essential oils can offer relief. Lavender essential oil has soothing properties that can calm the skin, while Purify oil effectively alleviates the sting from bee or wasp bites. Applying these oils to affected areas can provide much-needed comfort. At the age of 39 I received my first bee sting, lavender did help to soothe my skin, but purify is what really helped to ease the stinging discomfort. I have also used purify on my daughter when she has gotten bee stings.

There you have it, a comprehensive guide to using natural essential oils for repelling insects and mosquitoes. By incorporating these oils into your routine, you can create a more pleasant and pest-free environment. I hope you found these tips helpful!
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