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.
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?
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.
Thankfully, there is a much safer way to rid your house of ants.
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.
Here's how to make your own, all-natural DIY ant repellant.
Now, go and bask in the glory of an ant-free summer!
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