Ants are amazing little creatures. You drop one thing on the floor and before you know it, the whole colony is on their way to help you clean it up. They work everyday, all day long, rain or sunshine, until the job is done. So what can you do when they show up INSIDE your home? How do you tell them to leave, nicely?
How to get rid of ants in the home?
In keeping with the good nature of this site, we want to treat our little earth friends the most humane way possible, all while sending an unequivocable message that it's time for them to find somewhere else to get their food. Cue "The Peppermint Essential Oil"
Why do ants hate peppermint so much?
Well, it's not necessarily that they don't like peppermint, because they would happily eat a peppermint candy that fell on the floor just as much as a lemon one or any other kind. And I don't think they have any problem hanging out around a peppermint plant either. What really "ties their antennae" is pure peppermint essential oil. The 100% pure essential oil is so strong, so overwhelming, so debilitating to their communication system that they have no choice but to avoid it. They run away from it like the plague.
If enough of the colony gets the message that there is peppermint essential oil in their tracks and covering their entry and exit points, then they'll just go somewhere else for food. Ants tend to follow the path of least resistance.
How do I use peppermint essential oil to stop ants?
First step, you need to get your ammo. Make sure you get the real stuff, 100% pure, unadulterated peppermint essential oil. doTERRA peppermint essential oil is exactly that and will work perfectly.
Second, open the bottle and take out the stopper.
Third, attach a spray nozzle to the top. This isn't absolutely required, it will just make it a lot easier to spray the peppermint essential oil evenly and effectively in the direction and areas you need. You'll probably be spraying in some tight quarters, underneath objects or in small holes, so it will be very helpful in covering the area you need.
Cut the tip of the plastic spray nozzle so that it fits right down to the bottom of the peppermint essential oil bottle. Be sure to cut it at a slight angle to allow for maximum spray.
You can get a small bunch of spray bottles with nozzles here. Alternatively, you could also just fill up the bottle that comes with the spray nozzle with your peppermint essential oil, then you're good to go. You could pour 2 to 3 15ml bottles of peppermint essential oil into one spray bottle. NOW you're really ready to fight back! Nature against nature!
Once you start spraying, it's kind of hard to stop, it's just so fun. Watch your oil level to make sure you have enough to complete the job, and a little for back up just in case a few straggles have lost their way and need to be reminded why they shouldn't come back into your house again!!
Leave your comments below to let us know how it worked for you.