Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Essential Oils to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

If you are facing an ant invasion and are looking for a way to get rid of them naturally using essential oils, you're in the right place!

Finding ants in your home is not something anyone looks forward to. Once you notice an ant invasion (even if it is just 5-10 ants that made their way in), it is critical to stop it right away.

Luckily, it shouldn't take very long to take care of if you catch it right away.

Once your home is treated with this natural and non-toxic remedy, you will keep ants out for a while!

Using essential oils as an ant repellent is an easy way to get rid of ants that you can feel good about since there won't be any traps with poisonous chemicals that can make your kids or pets sick.

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How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally STEP 1: Identify why ants are coming inside

If ants are in your home, there is usually a reason why. 

Maybe they came in to get out of the rain.

Maybe your kids left their Halloween candy behind the couch.

Maybe your 5 year old ate a cupcake in the doorway and the ants are coming in to eat the crumbs.

Observe the ants for a minute to try and see if they will lead you to a food source.

If you find one, remove it.

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally STEP 2: Remove any traces of food

Vacuum well to remove crumbs or plant material that the ants might be attracted to.

If the ants are in an area with a hard floor (instead of carpet), use a dry mop to pick up any traces left behind by your vacuum.

Feel free to vacuum up any ants you find while this is happening.

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally STEP 3: Do a wipe down

Wipe down any hard surfaces where you saw ants- window frames, door frames, outlet covers, floor vents, countertops, etc. with a wet surface cleaner and a rag.

Some of my favorite non-toxic cleaners that really work are: BioKleen All Purpose Cleaner and Meliora All Purpose Surface Cleaner.

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally STEP 4: Repel

Peppermint essential oil is a powerful ant repellent and I have found that ants will not cross a line of peppermint oil wiped on a surface. 

It also makes you home smell great!

To treat a surface with peppermint oil, place a few drops of undiluted peppermint oil on a cotton ball or the corner of a rag.

Wipe down any entry points where you suspect ants are coming in such as door thresholds, along base boards, wall outlets, air vents, etc.

Be sure to re-load your cotton ball or rag with more drops of oil as needed to cover larger surfaces.

Because peppermint oil is so potent, it has the potential to strip paint or otherwise mar your surfaces.

If you are unsure how peppermint oil will react with your surface, try using it in a small, inconspicuous spot first before treating a large area.

I cannot be responsible for damage that happens to your surfaces as a result of using this treatment method. 

That's it!

Where to Buy Peppermint Essential Oil

The place I buy essential oils most often is from Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO). They carry both conventional peppermint oil and organic peppermint oil and always have free shipping with no minimum.

You can also buy peppermint essential oil from several high quality companies on Amazon:

If you have an ant problem in your home, skip the ant killer. This easy, non-toxic method to get rid of ants really works using natural essential oils. #ants #pestcontrol #essentialoils #antrepellant

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  1. In your experience, how long does this last?

    1. 1-4 weeks depending on how much traffic that area gets, how much it is cleaned, etc

  2. Also drives out mice IMMEDIATELY. Just splash a few drops around where mice are coming in or where you've seen droppings, and before the day is out, mice will be gone. The reaction is so quick I suspect it might sting their eyes. Don't want to hurt the little guys, but works so much better than humane traps that catch, but don't deter new mice. Worked for me. Plus your house smells GREAT.


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