When spraying the food that my family and I will clip and bring in the house to clean as well as grab straight out of the garden to eat, it goes without saying that I am not going to spray them with anything that I won't put directly in our mouths because that is precisely where it is going! There's a lot of 'safe' sprays out there, but call me crazy, I just don't trust them. I need to make it myself so I know just what is in it! After a lot of research, I found TerraShield™ Repellent Blend. It's a blend of essential oils including lemon eucalyptus, citronella, lemongrass and 12 other therapuetic-grade essential oils that are blended with a little coconut oil. It was worth a try so I bought a bottle on Amazon for about $10.
I'm not crazy, but I wasn't going to go straight into spraying my food. I first tested it out a few other ways. I had some hostas that were being munched on as well as a spot by my back patio door that ants were coming in. I sprayed them both and waited a few days to see what would happen. To my surprise, I had no ants coming in the house and the hostas were looking good ... well, they weren't worse! So, I decided to go onto Step 2. When we were outside in my mosquito infested backyard, I sprayed my arms and legs and again I was pleasantly surprised to come in bite-free. I trusted my spray and it was time to spritz around the garden.
I still use my Natural Bug & Mosquito Repellent, but if I already for this bottle outside, I use it on us and the plants.
Homemade Natural Pest Control8 oz distilled water
30 drops TerraShield™ Repellent Blend
1/2 t liquid castille soap
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and start using! Shake it up before using.
It is best to use glass containers when using essential oils because the oils can warp and alter plastic bottles.