This is the time of year when the ants come marching two by two into my home and I am constantly researching, investigating and experimenting with how to naturally repel ants. I've learned this year, especially in Chicago, there are more ants, spiders and mosquitos due to the tremendous amounts of rain.
I strongly dislike the idea and high price tag of using a chemical spraying pest control company and am first trying out a few different natural approaches.
- Cotton balls soaked in vinegar and peppermint placed sporadically around the kitchen and pantry, in areas I have previously seen ants.
- A spray bottle filled with vinegar, lemon juice, cloves and tea tree oil is helpful to keep on hand for when you find the sneaky insects.
- A fellow yogi suggested bay leaves at the entrance points. I'm unsure where the bugs are coming from, but have placed some bay leaves around my kitchen.
- My hair stylist swears by leaving out small bowls of equal parts powdered sugar and borax and waiting a few days for impressive results.
- The smell of cinnamon yields positive data in both repellency and insecticidal activity according to a 2014 study published in the International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications.
There are still a few lingering ants marching around my kitchen, luckily my home smells very fresh and I am optimistic the cotton balls and sweet smelling oils keep the critters out of my home.
Have you seen ants lately? Do you have any tips to add that naturally repel ants?
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