Keep Ants Away From Your Home Or Garden With Mint

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]


    When I moved in to my new place, people before me has lots of mint everywhere. Most in big planter boxes. Well, ants were crawling all over the mint and when I was taking out the planters I noticed even white ants. So this is not true.

      Oh, bummer! I was just getting excited then - we have an ant invasion/war going on.
      Unfortunately the claims made for so many "natural" things are wildly exaggerated just like cosmetics.
      Here is an interesting source of collated data on all manner of plant things. The lady is famous now for her "textbooks":
      My wife (also an expert on alternate food therapies, buys everything Isobel writes and buys her plants too.)
      P.S. she already knew about the anti-ant mint claim...)

    Would Mentos work?

      Yes, but the hard part is shoving one down an ants throat... :)

    I'm calling BS on is a video I shot just now of ants in my garden crawling through a bush of mint. They have a path the goes right through it and have done so for months.

    This was an article on the US life hacker site, i assume they have different ants over there. Though the "Apartment Therapy" site also has people commenting that this does not work.

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