Does Peppermint Oil Repel Bugs/Ants?
Ants are one of the most common insects found in nature. Ants are interesting creatures because they have multiple functions in their environment. One of these functions is to help decompose dead animals and plants while fertilizing the soil with their droppings. Another important function that ants provide is pest control; this is done by eating other insects like mosquitoes or termites, which can be harmful to humans and crops alike.
However, ants may not be as well-known because they’re repelled by peppermint extract! This blog post will explore why this might be the case and how to use peppermint extract to keep ants out of your home or garden.
Does Peppermint Oil Repel Ants?
Peppermint oil is a type of essential oil extracted from the peppermint plant’s leaves. It is often used as a natural remedy for various health conditions. There is some evidence that peppermint oil may also be effective in repelling ants.
While there’s much that we don’t know about ants and the various ways to repel them, some studies have shown peppermint oil to be effective against several species.
How does peppermint oil work against ants?
Peppermint oil is thought to work against ants in several ways. First, it has a potent smell that can mask the pheromones that ants use to communicate, which confuses them and disrupts their navigation ability. Second, Peppermint oil is also a strong irritant, which can cause the ants to flee or even die.
There is evidence that the compounds menthol and thymol help repel ants such as carpenter ants, pharaohs ants, and Argentine ants (Ratsakong et al. 2009, Joshi et al., 2014). A study also found that peppermint oil can prevent fire ant infestations by breaking down their food source (Kumar et al., 2015).
Side effects and risks of peppermint oil as a treatment or repellent for ants
While peppermint oil is generally considered safe for humans (to eat and to smell), it can cause side effects in some individuals. These may include headaches, rashes, and other sensitivities.
You should also avoid using peppermint oil on children under six and pregnant or breastfeeding women. It may not be safe and could lead to serious complications.
How to use peppermint oil for ants
It’s thought that peppermint oil is most effective if concentrated in an area where ants are present (Ratsakong et al. 2009). This can be done in several ways: Place cotton balls soaked in the oil at entry points around your home or in areas where you’ve seen ants. Alternatively, peppermint oil can be diluted with water (one drop per liter) and sprayed on areas where ants are active.
You should reapply the solution every few days for methods that use water dilutions. Peppermint oil is generally used in its pure form or in certain concentrations, even with water dilutions.
Be aware that peppermint oil may not be safe for all types of ants (for example, fire ants). Therefore, you should check what kind of ant you are dealing with before using this treatment. Most importantly, always remember to test out new essential oils or other home remedies on a small patch of skin first, just to be safe.
Natural Smells & Odors You Can Use to Keep Pests from Coming into Your Home
Insects have been called the most successful organisms on Earth. They don’t require food, water, or sleep and reproduce quickly. This means that one female moth can lay up to 500 eggs in her lifetime. Unfortunately, if you’re going into a situation unprepared for their arrival, odds are they’ll find a way into your home. Here are some natural aids that will help keep pests from coming into your home:
Sage: Sage has many uses, including a culinary spice and a medicinal herb. It also happens to be a good way to keep pests from entering your home by repelling them with its strong scent. You can make sachets or purchase dried leaves from any grocery store to hang around your doorways, windowsills, or in your closets.
Citronella candles: Citronella candles are a great way to keep mosquitoes and other flying insects away from your outdoor gatherings. The citronella oil in the candles repels the pests, making them natural to keep them at bay.
Bay leaves: Bay leaves have a long history of being used as a natural pest repellent. They can keep away ants, spiders, and other crawling insects. You can place them in cupboards, near entrances, or in any other area where you see an infestation.
These are just a few of the many ways to use natural methods to keep pests out of your home. Using these methods, you can avoid using harsh chemicals that may be harmful to your family and pets. Try out a few of these methods and see which ones work best for you.