How To Make An All-Natural, DIY Ant Repellant

Summer has got to be my favorite season, hands down. I love going to the beach with my wife, grilling with family and friends, and taking long walks in the cool evenings. Since my work tends to have me stationed at my desk most of the day, it's nice to be able to get out of work and still have it be warm and sunny enough to spend some time outdoors.

Still, life is about balance, and as great as summer is, it does have its drawbacks. The heat can be truly oppressive, your electric bill rises thanks to the A/C being on more often, and don't even get me started on the bugs. Summertime is prime time for insects because the warm weather means easier access to food. So, it's not surprising that, as the weather gets warmer, many a homeowner suddenly finds their house harboring hundreds upon hundreds of unwanted guests.

Most notorious among these unwanted seasonal pests are ants. All it takes is one ant finding some food, and suddenly you've got a thousand of them in your kitchen.


When it comes to social networking, nobody gets the word out faster than ants. 

For most of us, the first thing we do when we encounter this situation is to reach for the trusty ol' can of bug spray.


While these sprays are undoubtedly effective at killing the ants, have you ever wondered what they're made of and how they work?


After all, if it's killing the ants on contact, what is this stuff doing when you or your family come into contact with it - breathing it in while spraying or absorbing it through the skin after making contact with treated areas? 


The primary ingredient in most bug sprays is a nerve agent which disrupts the insect's nervous system upon contact. In much larger doses, these nerve agents can also be used for chemical warfare against humans.


According to The National Library of Medicine’s Toxicology Data Network, overexposure to cypermethrin - one of the active ingredients in Raid Ant & Roach Spray - can potentially cause nausea, headaches, shortness of breath, and seizures. 

Thankfully, there is a much safer way to rid your house of ants.

Unstress Yourself

Instead of using harmful chemicals, try using essential oils. Essential oils are natural oils that are derived from a wide variety of plants. These oils are highly concentrated and incredibly potent, while still being all-natural and totally safe to use.

To get rid of ants, try using peppermint essential oil. It'll smell minty fresh and delicious for you, but it's way too strong of a smell for ants.


Really strong smells can mess up an ant's ability to use scent trails for navigation and communication. Spraying peppermint oil in areas where the ants have to crawl through means they'll have to get this scent all over them, which will really confuse them.

Here's how to make your own, all-natural DIY ant repellant.


You'll need:

  • 15-30 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 15-30 drops of clove essential oil
  • 4-5 ounces water
  • Spray bottle

To use, simply combine the ingredients in the spray bottle, shake well, and spray wherever you see ants. Repeat as necessary, and maybe freshen up your spray spots every other week or so to keep the scent strong.


Now, go and bask in the glory of an ant-free summer!


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H/T: Healthy Holistic Living

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