Keep Ants Away With Spices

Got an ant problem? There are plenty of spices in your pantry that can help.

If ants are entering your house through the sink (not uncommon in apartment buildings), a common piece of advice is to put some mint or bay leaves the entry point and regularly wash it down the sink. It may take a couple of days, but it can be an effective solution.

When I did my initial research on my ant problem I found out about the mint extract and bay leaves, but I didn’t have either of those things. I didn’t want to waste any time, so I poured some mint-flavored Listerine around the drain in the interim and dug through the pantry to find any pungent spices I already had. A little online research suggested virtually every spice I owned had proved effective in clearing ants in the past.

So I added a sprinkling of cardamom (I like the smell, but I never use it in cooking). The result? No more ants.

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