Natural insect repellents are an effective and eco-friendly way of keeping pests away from your home. There are numerous natural options available that can be used to repel different types of insects, including ants and mosquitoes.
Do essential oils deter ants?
One of the most popular ant control ideas is to use essential oils such as peppermint oil or lavender oil around your home.
These oils contain strong smells which mask the scents that attract insects. When applied on surfaces they create a barrier that not only keeps pests away but also leaves your home smelling pleasant.
Other essential oils such as citronella or tea tree oil can also be used for this purpose. Their effects, however, may not last as long. Tea Tree oil can be toxic for pets at certain doses, so please check that out before using.
How to make a peppermint essential oil ant-repellent spray?
Try mixing a few drops of peppermint essential oil with some hot water and place it in a spray bottle. A good ratio is 5 to 10 drops of essential oil per 30 ml of water.
Use the mixture to spray down countertops, furniture, curtains and blinds. Also handy for other hard-to-reach areas of the home where insects are often present.
Making a garden spray for natural ant control
Garlic or Lemon juice can sometimes help control small infestations of garden pests. This may help with red ants, black ants, aphids, and even beetles. Use it with caution because lemon juice is also an ingredient found in some natural herbicides. This is often coupled with white vinegar. We don’t want to cause more harm than good in the garden.
You can also create homemade bug sprays with natural ingredients. For easy application around the house mix ingredients like apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and witch hazel with water in a spray bottle. This solution works especially well against mosquitoes and other flying insects.
Recipe for natural ant repellant spray
There are several natural ingredients that can be used to make a spray that repels ants. Here is a simple recipe that you can try:
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 10-15 drops of essential oil (peppermint, tea tree, or citrus oils work well)
- 1 tsp of liquid dish soap
- Mix the water and vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Add the essential oil and liquid dish soap, and shake well.
- Spray the mixture directly onto areas where ants are present or around doors and windows to create a barrier.
The vinegar in the mixture will disrupt the ants’ sense of smell, making it harder for them to follow their trails. The essential oils will repel the ants, while the dish soap will help the mixture to stick to surfaces. You may need to reapply the spray periodically to maintain its effectiveness.
Other DIY garden products to try
Another option is to sprinkle cedar chips or mulch in flower beds where you find ant colonies nesting. Cedar has a strong scent that can help repel many types of bugs. It also makes a great mulch material which will help keep plants healthy and hydrated.
Having healthy boundaries with serious nuisance indoors
Finally, another great way to keep pests out is to install physical barriers on doors and windows to prevent them from entering your property in the first place.
Mesh screens with small holes will still allow airflow while keeping out pesky critters. You can also consider using weather stripping or installing plastic seals around door frames if necessary.
Overall, there are plenty of natural insect-repellent ideas available that can help you keep those pesky bugs away without relying on toxic chemicals or pesticides.
Whether it’s using essential oils or setting up physical barriers – taking precautionary measures now will save you time and money down the line!
If these natural ant control ideas aren’t working, give us a call for professional ant control.