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Using Essential Oils to Repel Ants

June 23, 2021 2 min read

Using Essential Oils to Repel Ants

With summer months arriving, the return of ants and bugs is here. There are plenty of traditional anti-bug sprays that you can use, but many of them contain harsh chemicals that can sink into your skin and contaminate your home. Essential oils have a strong scent that repels ants, bugs, and other intrusive critters.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood is known to help repel multiple ant species, including fire ants. Cedarwood trees have produced their own anti-bug aroma to help them grow, and this same aroma helps keep ants out of your home.

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil is a common oil that it is used to repel ants and bugs. This study published by the International Journal of Scientific Research Publications suggests that cinnamon essential oil is an effective repellant for ants.

Peppermint Essential Oil

With a high menthol content, many critters, including ants, run from the scent of peppermint. Multiple studies suggest that peppermint oil is effective at repelling ants and fire ants.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil contains citronellal, which helps to repel mosquitoes, ants, and other bugs. It’s bright, energetic aroma makes it wonderful for kitchens and outdoor repellants.

Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli essential oil has actually been studied with relative efficiency to kill ants. Most essential oils just get the ants to leave the space, so patchouli is unique in this way.

How to Use Essential Oils to Repel Ants

DIY Ant-Repellant Spray

  • 45 drops of essential oils
  • ¼ cup of vodka
  • ¼ cup of distilled water

Combine the essential oils, then add the water, then the alcohol. Shake before use. Spray on windowsills, doors, cabinets, and anywhere else you want to prevent ants.

Cotton Ball Method

If you want to keep ants out consistently, apply a few drops to a clean cotton ball. Place in the corners of windowsills, doorways, cabinets, etc.

Diffuser

Diffusing any of these essential oils will help to spread the oils throughout the room, helping to repel ants and other critters. Diffusers are easy to run and smell wonderful for you as well!

Topical Application

You can take a cotton pad, apply a few drops of essential oil, and wipe down windowsills, doorways, and other areas you want to keep ants away from. Since you’re applying the oil directly to the surface, the scent will be stronger and more evenly spread out over the area.



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