How Do You Get Rid of Love Bugs?

To get rid of love bugs, liberally spray your windows, doors and walls with a solution of lemon balm essential oil, liquid detergent and alcohol-based mouthwash. Keep fans circulating throughout your home to prevent love bugs from flying in.

  1. Create the insect repellent

    In a spray bottle, combine 15 drops of lemon balm essential oil with 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent and 1/2 cup of an alcohol-based mouthwash. Secure the bottle lid, and shake until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

  2. Spray inside your home

    Apply a liberal amount of the repellent along window seals, doorways and on walls. Concentrate your application to areas where love bugs congregate. Spray along baseboards and on cracks in your walls.

  3. Soak the exterior of entrances

    Coat the exterior of doors, windows and vents to deter love bugs from entering your home.

  4. Re-apply the solution

    Re-apply the insect repellent every 24 to 48 hours. However, if you notice love bugs soon after application, increase treatment frequency until the bugs are under control.

  5. Turn on ceiling fans

    To assist in ridding love bugs from your home, turn on ceiling fans throughout the day. Because love bugs are only active throughout the day, ceiling fans create an airflow barrier between your home and insects.