How to naturally repel ants

How to naturally repel ants

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.

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