We've talked about some of the ways to keep ants out of your home, but weblog Apartment Therapy notes that a little mint can go a long way. Not only will it make some delicious mojitos, it will keep the bugs at bay.
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While it attracts 'good bugs' [like honeybees and hoverflies], mint also deters 'bad bugs.' Repel ants and flies by growing pennyroyal mint right outside your door, or spray diluted peppermint essential oil (10 parts water to one part oil) around doorways and windows. Keep pets free of bothersome fleas with this homemade repellent: Bundle two parts fresh spearmint, one part fresh thyme and one part fresh wormwood, and tuck it inside a small pillow. Place the pillow near your pet's bed or another favourite resting place.
This seems particularly useful if, say, you have a small garden that's getting eaten by bugs. Add a bit of mint to the existing garden and you can keep them away. Hit the link for more great mint uses.
15 Household Uses for Mint [Apartment Therapy]