Have you ever watched A&E’s reality show “Billy the Exterminator“? Billy Bretherton is an exterminator in Louisiana. He is quite an entertaining character. Spiked hair and dark glasses–he is always decked out in black leather, metal spiked cuffs, and emblems of skulls and crossbones. He leads Vex-Con, his family-run business that helps people rid their homes of flying and crawling insects and a variety varmints, snakes, and crocodiles. In the line of duty he’s somewhat of a rescuer. He releases the raccoons and such back into the wild in most instances. Also environmentally-conscious, he often uses eco-friendly pesticides to rid homes of insect infestations.

Eugenia oil: natural but toxic to humans

Billy uses pyrethrins to combat most flying insects, and he also uses a substance called Eugenia oil. Eugenia oil is made from eugenol extracted from the leaves, stems and flowers of the Eugenia trees. The dried buds of the Eugenia tree are cloves, used commonly as aromatics and in cooking. Oil of clove is also used for medicinal purposes to relieve swelling and minor aches and pains.

It is important to know that Eugenol is not interchangeable with oil of clove. Like pyrethrins, eugenia oils are natural and toxic.

While oil of clove may relieve a toothache, the same amount of Eugenia oil could be lethal to a toddler. Don’t think one supply of one or the other can have multiple uses for your household.

You can use Eugenia oils for your residential pesticide problems–it is not sold only to professionals. Obviously, keep them away from children. Eugenol kills bugs on contact and is not recommended as a repellent.

The Eugenia tree is indigenous to the spice islands and the Philippines, but you can buy the product locally. Ecosmart makes a line of insecticides that uses all natural ingredients like oil of thyme, rosemary, and other things including Eugenia oil. You can buy their products online or at stores like Home Depot and Walmart. You don’t even have to get your spiked leather cuffs out to have success in curbing what’s bugging you.