Once the first warm summer days come, along with their beauty come as well as the ants,which are our frequent visitors in the house during this season.
According to a performed research at the Stanford University ants come into our homes as a result of the weather conditions.
Nevertheless, most of us, do not want them in our homes, and because of that we try all the available commercial pest control products. But, these products contain plenty of harmful chemicals.
For instance cypermethrin, which is one of the two active ingredients in Raid Ant & Roach Spray, may lead to asthma, wheezing, cough, congestion, and shortness of breath. Plus, the findings released in the National Library of Medicine’s Toxicology Data Network confirm that at the time of exposure this chemical can trigger all these conditions.
Furthermore, these commercial insecticides contain a main ingredient that in fact it is a nerve agent that hampers the nervous system of the insects when in a direct contact. So, you can just imagine what it can do to humans.
We advise you the use of only natural solutions which can be as effective as the commercial ones, but safe for the environment and for your well-being.
We are talking about the use of peppermint essential oil. All you need to do is to sprinkle this oil everywhere in the house, particularly in the areas where ants like to hang out. This oil is a natural repellent as the ants detest its scent, and this will keep them at bay.
Combine this oil with clove essential oil and water and get your effective homemade ant repellent:
DIY Ant Repellent
- 30 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 30 drops of clove essential oil
- 4 ounces of water
- An empty spray bottle
In the spray bottle place all of the listed ingredients. Shake it well, and with this solution spray all around the house. You can repeat the method if it is still needed.