Slide 1: Peppermint Oil for Ants


Fresh mint leaves keep bad breath at bay, and they'll do the same for ants. To make a sprayable deterrent, mix two to three tablespoons of peppermint oil with a quart of water. Spray liberally around the ants' points of origin, making sure to hit all the nooks and crannies. As a bonus, your home will smell minty fresh.

8 Tried-and-True Tricks to Stamp Out Ants

Usually found marching along a kitchen sink, the tile near a baseboard, or outside on the porch by your welcome mat (some welcome!), ants are tiny and persistent home invaders. Sure, you can wipe away a trail of ants with a paper towel, or hose them down if they're outside, but if you don't pursue a more "perman-ant" solution, you're sure to endure subsequent infestations. Luckily, getting rid of ants for good doesn't have to be a big deal, and it doesn't have to involve exterminators and harsh chemicals. Your cupboard is very likely already stocked with a number of environmentally safe, pet- and child-friendly products that you can use to get rid of these pesky visitors.


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