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! :)
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