Many people use coconut oil for things like soft hair and treating cuts and scrapes on the skin, but don’t forget it also has a lot of uses right in your home. For example, you can use coconut oil to help with pests in your home. Here are some pest control tips for using coconut oil at home.
Get Better Control of Spiders
If you have a spider problem in your home, which is one of the most common pests people have to deal with, then you can use coconut oil as a natural pest repellent. There are some different ways to do this, depending on what ingredients you want to mix it with and whether it is being used indoors or outdoors. For example, if you have cobwebs in your home and want to get rid of the spiders, you can mix vinegar with coconut oil into a spray bottle, then spray all the cobwebs. The spiders will not return to those areas. Outdoors, you can also use this similar type of mixture and spray trees, plants, and piles of cardboard or boxes in the garage where you tend to find the spiders most often.
Basic Bug Balm
This recipe is going to help you make a small container of bug balm, which can be used on most pests in your home. This is going to be a soft bug balm, which is actually used on your body, not to kill pests. It is going to help keep the bugs away from your skin to avoid getting bites. You can use it at home on summer days when bugs inside are more common, or bring it with you on hikes and during other outdoor activities. To make the bug balm, you want to combine shea butter and coconut oil with beeswax granules. You then use essential oils that bugs don’t like, such as citronella, cedarwood, eucalyptus, and lemongrass essential oils.
Find Relief From Bug Bites
Another way that coconut oil helps with pests in the home is not by killing the bugs, but by relieving your skin if you get a bite or sting. For example, if you have bed bugs, they can go crazy on your skin, leading to bad bites and really itchy skin. The same thing happens when spiders and other bugs bite you at night. You can use coconut oil to rub on your skin and find relief from the itching.