Ants? Oh my!
Peppermint Oil: An inexpensive, non-toxic, environmentally friendly solution!
I would recommend filling a small spray bottle with ¼ cup water, ¼ c. carrier oil like grapeseed (to keep it from evaporating) and 20 drops of peppermint essential oil or lemongrass and then spray it in areas where ants are seen.
You can place a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and put it in the spot where the ants are entering the house. If ants are coming from a window or door area, I would spray the above mixture on the windowsill or door jamb or put a few drops on my finger and swipe the area. Ants won't cross a line of mint so you can create a boundary that they won't cross. If you see a line of ants and smear peppermint on your finger and swipe it in a line, they will actually turn back. If I had ants on my kitchen counters I would fill a bowl with water, add a few drops of peppermint oil and then wipe the counters down with a rag doused in the peppermint water as a preventative measure.
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Here is a list of ideas for dealing with pests using doterra essential oils (from doterralife.wordpress.com)
For specific insect problems, try mixing 8 oz of water in a spray bottle with 1/2 teaspoon natural soap, and 12 drops of the doTERRA essential oil from the guide below – remembering to shake the bottle frequently to keep the oil mixed with the water:
ANTS – Peppermint Oil (add a line to window & door seals)
APHIDS – Peppermint, Sandalwood, White Fir
BEETLES – Peppermint, Thyme
CATERPILLARS – Peppermint
CHIGGERS – Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
CUTWORM – Thyme
FLEAS – Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint
FLIES – Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
GNATS – Patchouli
MOSQUITOES – Lavender, Lemongrass
MOTHS – Lavender, Peppermint
PLANT LICE – Peppermint
ROACHES – Eucalyptus
SLUGS – White Fir
SNAILS – Patchouli, White Fir
SPIDERS – Peppermint
TICKS – Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
WEEVILS – Patchouli, Sandalwood
TIP: Thyme & Lavender oils are great for protecting all vegetables in the garden