We may enjoy the warm spring sun, but it never comes alone. The proliferation of insects, especially ants, in our homes is definitely a cause of concern. As we know what it means to deal with bug nests inside the house, here we recommend an extremely efficient natural method that will keep ants away from your house.
Just to add some facts to this issue, a group of researchers from Stanford University examined ant behavior in urban condition and found that ants come into our homes as a result of favorable weather conditions. On the other hand, commercial ant repellents are laden with toxins that are a real health threat. According to the National Library of Medicine’s Toxicology Data Network, exposure to cypermethrin, one of two active ingredients in Raid Ant & Roach Spray, causes shortness of breath, coughing and congestion. It can also trigger an asthma attack and wheezing.
Another important thing to be aware of is that the number one ingredient in most store-bought insecticides is a nerve agent that disrupts the insects’ nervous system through direct contact. Unfortunately, these harmful substances produce the same effects on humans.
That’s why it’s in your best interest to avoid using these products and protect your and your family’s health. Peppermint essential oil, on the other hand, has amazing repellent properties. It’s completely natural and you can sprinkle it in your bathroom or kitchen – these areas are most often filled with ants. Ants don’t like intense odors, and peppermint oil has a very strong smell. This DIY ant-repellent is quite simple to make. Plus, you only need a couple of easily available ingredients, both of which are toxin-free and safe to use, even around kids.
Homemade Natural Ant Repellent
What you need:
- 30 drops clove essential oil
- 30 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 oz. water
What you do:
Mix the essential oils and the water in a spray bottle. Shake well for the ingredients to blend completely. Your toxin-free ant repellent is ready to use!
Now, spray all the areas in your house that are filled with ants. The strong odor of this powerful mixture will keep ants miles away from your house.
And as for last, if you find this amazing ant-repellent recipe helpful, don’t forget to share it you’re your family and friends.