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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tried and Tested: Peppermint Oil and Ants

In case there was any doubt as to the validity of the use of peppermint oil in deterring ants, I had first hand experience in the matter this week.  A number of ants decided that it was a good idea to hang out on my deck.  I didn't exactly share their belief - so set about putting down a few drops of peppermint oil in their vicinity.  It was amazing how quickly they dispersed themselves - and, to date, they haven't yet returned.  In addition, it was a safer route to go than toxic chemicals, as my dog particularly likes to laze on the deck in the sun of an afternoon :)

However, I would advise using slightly less peppermint oil than I did.  In my enthusiasm, I went slightly overboard to the point that I now have a very minty fragranced deck! :)

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe I didn't think of this! I've got a line of ants in my basement right now. I've been dosing their path with lavender laundry soap, but they keep coming back. Can't use poison because the cats spend so much time down there.