Living out in the country, you have to take precautions to prevent critters (mice, spiders, bugs, and scorpions) from coming inside your home, crawl space, and garage/workshop; especially when it’s extremely hot outside, cold (snowy), or wet (from rain). Let me introduce one of the essential oils I use to help in the prevention of critter entry into my home. Granted, this is just a small part of what needs doing to keep pests out.
Because we have 4 legged fur balls in our home, I personally use essential oils to prevent harming my animals whenever possible. Let me introduce to you pure peppermint essential oil. Twice a month (unless of course it rains, then I’ll do it more often), I take pure peppermint oil and pour it across the thresholds of every door. Then I gently use a paper towel and spread it across the entire threshold and let it dry naturally. The scent is very appealing to my family in and around my home, as for the 4 legged fur balls, they put their noses up in the air (as if to say REALLY?)…..and that’s fine.
To date, I haven’t had an issue with critters coming into my home through or under any of my doors or openings/cracks in our country home.
Please note: this is just a small part of what needs doing in your home to prevent unwanted critters. I also recommend making sure every hole, gap, and crack, is filled in with some sort of filler (such as Great Stuff, steel wool, wood putty, or Flex Seal). Get rid of any food source around the outside of your home, and any piled up brush.
Have you used essential oils to deter unwanted critters? If so, please share your story.