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Ants are pests in the house. In the home common ants aren't
harmful but they are a nuisance.
There are many natural repellants which can be used to
discourage ants from kitchen counters, pantries, and other
areas where food lures them in.
As a first step try to prevent the ants from entering the
Use less chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the lawn and
gardens. These cause an imbalance in the biological makeup
of the soil. Stressed soil and plants attract ants.
Many species of ants like to drink honeydew from aphids. If
good control of aphids in plants and gardens near houses is
exercised, ants will be less numerous. Ants seem to dislike
spearmint, tansy, and pennyroyal. Plant these near the
house to keep ants away. Sweet fern is particularly dislike
by red ants.
A simple recipe to repel ants can be made by adding to an
eight ounce bottle of mild liquid soap one ounce each of
citronella, pennyroyal, peppermint, cinnamon, rose and tea
oil. Mix together and add three tablespoons to two cups of
water. Spray where ants are entering the house. This the
formula can be used to wash down counters in the kitchen but
only use one-half tablespoon to two cups of water.
Spray trash and recycling bins if ants are a problem there.
For anthills near the house pour boiling water into the
Once ants have entered the house, other measures have to be
taken. Pennyroyal, tansy, and mint leaves scattered on
surfaces where ants are found can be used as a deterrent.
Bay leaves broken in small pieces is also helpful.
Some people have found a mixture of the following
ingredients helpful in repelling ants. One cup water, one-
fourth cup plus one tablespoon hot sauce,, one-fourth cut
liquid soap, and one teaspoon spearmint of peppermint
flavoring. Put in a spray bottle and spray where ants enter
Washing down counters with an equal solution of vinegar and
water is repulsive to ants.
Powdered cloves or red pepper sprinkled on surface where
ants are found serves as an excellent repellant. Ants are
extremely fastidious and will not return to where these hot
spices can get on their feet and antennae.
If it not too inconvenient, sticky fly paper placed in
strategic areas will capture crawling ants.
Perhaps one of the most unusual substances used that
discourages ants from pantry shelves are broken egg shells.
Lastly, clean up all food after eating for it is the crumbs
that attracts the ants.
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About the author:
Author: Marilyn Pokorney
Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the
Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
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