Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated May 1, 2012)
Did you know that you probably have in your pantry or kitchen a very effective—and natural—ant repellant? For many centuries, gardeners have been using the plants they grow as natural insect repellants. Garlic, larkspur, and geraniums keep away Japanese Beetles; mites won't stick around if you have garlic, chives, or onions; and tomato worms hate marigolds. The best aspect about plants that repel insects is that you can keep them inside of your home and ants will not enter. For instance, if your pet has picked up a family of mites on his nightly jaunt, set out a small dish of garlic, onion, or chives on the kitchen counter, and the mites will leave very quickly!
If you've discovered that you have an ant problem inside of your home and, despite using pesticides and insecticides, the ants keep coming, there are two things you probably have in your kitchen that you should try. Get your can of sage and your mill of white pepper, and follow these guidelines to repel ants with those two common spices:
Think of other places you can place sage and white pepper inconspicuously in your home. Because white pepper and sage are not harmful to pets or children, using them as an ant repellant is an all-natural, non-toxic way to rid your home of ants quickly.
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I was harvesting my sage and found ants all over part of the plant on area of it that was shaded from the sun.