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.