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Pat - Here are some oils we have found successful, there are many more oils one could use to repel insects. I would encourage you to experiment.
(...) Oils Unfriendly to Insects
ANTS – Repellent Blend, Peppermint, Rosemary
APHIDS – Peppermint
BEETLES – Repellent Blend, Peppermint, Thyme
CHIGGERS* – Repellent Blend, Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
CUTWORM – Thyme
FLEAS* – Repellent Blend, Cleansing Blend, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint
FLIES – Repellent Blend, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
GNATS – Repellent Blend
MOSQUITOES* – Repellent Blend, Lavender, Lemongrass
MOTHS – Repellent Blend, Cleansing Blend, Lavender, Peppermint
PLANT LICE – Peppermint
SPIDERS* – Repellent Blend, Cleansing Blend, Peppermint
TICKS* – Cleansing Blend, Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
BLACK WIDOW- Oregano
SCORPIN - Basil
*In case these insects find you before you use your oils, the same oils that repel insects also relieve the effect of the bites.
To Keep mice away, use a cotton ball and drop Peppermint oil, place where mice would be.
BLACKBERRIES – to discourage unwanted blackberries in your yard, cut stems close to the ground and immediately apply a drop of Clove oil to the fresh cut.
Robert - Here is something that has worked for us.
Kitchen ants (small black ants)
1. Keep counters completely clear of food, spills, and water. Especially sweets or juice spills and especially over night.
2. In a spray bottle, combine 20 drops of Lemongrass and ¼ - ½ cup of carrier oil such as grapeseed oil (this will keep the essential oil from evaporating quickly). Shake well, and often.
3. Spray areas where ants commonly enter or congregate.
4. After spraying countertops where there are commonly problems, you may wipe the cabinet down to get better coverage. Be sure and get under the edge of counters.