Say Goodbye to Moths and Other Insects with a Natural Tea Tree Oil Solution

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Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the tea tree plant. 

It has been used for centuries for its medicinal and therapeutic properties and is known for its ability to repel a variety of insects, including moths.

In this article, I’ll show you how you can easily make a tea tree oil solution to repel moths.

Let’s begin. 

What You’ll Need:

  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • A spray bottle


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the tea tree oil and water.
  2. Pour the mixture into the spray bottle.
  3. Shake the bottle well to ensure that the oil is evenly distributed in the water.
  4. Spray the solution in areas where moths are commonly found, such as closets, pantries, and around windows and doors.

Other Insects that are Repelled by Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is known to repel a variety of insects, including:

  • Moths
  • Mosquitoes
  • Flies
  • Ticks
  • Ants
  • Spiders

Shelf Life

The shelf life of a water and tea tree oil solution will depend on a few factors, such as the quality of the ingredients used, and the storage conditions. However, in general, the solution will likely last for about 6 months to 1 year if stored in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

It’s important to shake the solution well before each use, as the oil may separate from the water over time. Also, check the solution regularly for any signs of mold or discoloration, which would indicate that it has gone bad and should be discarded.

It’s worth noting that the efficacy of the solution decreases over time, and it may not be as effective at repelling moths after a while. This is why it’s recommended to make a fresh solution every 6 months or so.

Important Reminder:

It is important to note that tea tree oil is highly concentrated and should be used with caution.

 It should never be applied directly to the skin or ingested. It should also be kept away from pets and children.

Why Tea Tree Oil Works

Tea tree oil has been found to have insect-repellent properties due to its active ingredients, such as terpenoids and cineole. These compounds have been found to have a toxic effect on certain insects, including moths.

The smell of tea tree oil is also thought to be a deterrent to moths, as they have a highly developed sense of smell and are sensitive to certain scents. When sprayed in areas where moths are commonly found, the strong aroma of the tea tree oil can repel them and prevent them from entering space.

Additionally, tea tree oil has been found to have insecticide properties, which can help to kill off any moths or other insects that do come into contact with the solution.

It’s worth mentioning that while tea tree oil has been found to be effective against moths and other insects, not all insects will be repelled by it, also the concentration of tea tree oil and the way it is used will affect its efficacy.


In conclusion, tea tree oil is a natural and effective solution for repelling moths and other insects. Its active ingredients and strong aroma work together to deter pests and keep them out of your home. 

By following the simple instructions outlined in the article, you can easily make your own tea tree oil solution to keep your home pest-free.

Looking for more DIY pest tips? Read How to Kill Cockroaches with Baking Soda.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy  

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