Ants Steer Clear of Essential Oils

It’s been a long winter and I’ve looked forward to Spring.   I admit that this year more than ever I’ve anticipated the bloom of daffodils and tulips, the green grass and the budding trees.  Then the ants appeared, in my breakfast room.  I had forgotten how they had gotten comfortable in my dining area last year.  I did make a feeble attempt last summer to deter their pathways to a single crumb under one of our chairs.  I now realize my error and am pleased to say I have no ants now.  A few weeks ago a few ants appeared, looking for food.  My first attemps included only pure peppermint oil wiped along the baseboards, which worked for a few minutes but the ants found another route – unfortunately further into my kitchen.  This year I was bolder in my application and choice of oils and it appears the ants have found a detour, one that does not not go through my home.   I have even left crumbs from time to time on the floor after dinner, satisfied in the mornings to still be ant-free.

My recipe?  A combination of peppermint essential oil and  Purifying oil blend(Lemongrass, Melaleuca & Citronella).  I added 2 drops of peppermint and 2 drops of the Purifying blend to 2 teaspoons of olive oil.  You could use any vegetable oil, I just happened to have olive oil on hand.  Blend the mixture well, then simply apply the oil along the floor and baseboard of any potential ant entry.  I did this once and this application worked for at least 3 weeks.  A couple of ants started to return, I repeated this and they are still gone.  Peppermint oil is a strong pest deterrant, the Purification blend contains some other oils little critters dislike, like citronella and lemon.  I’m glad I found this natural combination to repel these ants and have once again avoided the use of a harmful chemical in my home.

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