Ant infestations are such a pain, from destroying your favourite plants to working their way into your home. I've spent years trying to find the best solution which is also safe, toxic free and effective.
Studying aromatherapy and realising the power of essential oils has opened up a world of natural preventative medicine for everyday life but also for my garden and home. These are the best ways I've found to get rid of ants naturally that actually work.
Natural Ant repellent
It might seem easy to purchase any old ant repellent however most on the market are full of chemicals which are detrimental to the environment. Free of nasty chemicals and distilled by hand in our workshop in Norfolk, our Ant repellent tonic uses the active principle of the refreshing Mentha Herb essential oil. Transporting her effects, in the gentlest manner, to foil any unwelcome ants from marching into your home or onto your plants. I find a little misting works wonders. I designed our ant repellent to be Pet Safe, Bee Safe and 100% Organic, it's safe to use on your edibles and all your plants.
Repel ants using essential oils
Ants absolutely hate the smell of mint, they will go to great lengths to avoid it which is why it works wonders. I have mint plants around the threshold of my home or you can put 1 or 2 drops of peppermint oil wherever they enter. You can also create a mobile barrier with a peppermint plant in a pot which can be placed wherever you need it. Alternatively I’ll grab some peppermint leaves from my herb garden, chop them up and scatter them where they are needed. To clear a nest you can use x2 drops of neat peppermint oil directly onto the nest and wait for a mass exodus. Peppermint is such a useful plant or oil to have for deterring pests, it even works brilliantly to deter rats and mice.
Essential oil tea for the garden:
Add 8 drops of essential oil to 600ml water, boil and leave to cool. Use 2 tablespoons to 4 litres of water in the usual watering methods.
Peppermint, Spearmint, Pennyroyal, Garlic and Citronella are effective essential oils ants hate.
You can also put the essential oil on a cotton-wool ball and place them by the doors. Spray the essential oil along shelves and floors where the ants are seen, and on their nests.
Or, grow plants ants hate. Grow the plants near the doors of the house either in the ground or in pots.
Choose from; Spearmint, tansy, pennyroyal or peppermint for the most effective.
I do hope this helps you to think about a more natural way for repelling ants. I would love to hear if you have any other suggestions that work for you, or if you have already tried any of these methods.