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Natural ant repellent
« on: June 17, 2009, 05:46:24 pm »
A friend of mine swears by this.     You cut several (8-10) jalapenos long ways and boil for 3-5 minutes.  Use the jalapenos however you want.   Use the water from boiling the jalapenos in a spray bottle with about half tap water to spray where ants are getting in and spray the ants mounds outdoors.   It's cheap and worth a try  ;D

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Re: Natural ant repellent
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2009, 08:38:15 pm »
This is the first year I have not been bothered by ants around my computer station.
My desk is almost in the window and since I eat here, (I am messy) I usually have to
wage a war on the little varmits.

A few years ago a friend told me to plant Tansy, ( 2 years ago....she gave me a start)......and that would take care of them.

First year I saw a difference, this year, I saw one scout this ............no MORE has climbed in the window.

I planted the tansy just outside my window and close to foundation and the smell is something like
bug spray........but not bad.......and even outside I don't seem to have as many this year as last.

It does spread. Easy to grow............tolerates sun/shade and bad soil (least mine is) but a very good stand.
Tansy is a herb.
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Re: Natural ant repellent
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009, 04:35:48 pm »
Well I am glad to hear that! I have ants on my deck sometimes
I just use Terro that Cooksons has at the hardware store.. but this would be safer to have since I have grandchildren around so much.

I'll use the Jalapeno spray too in the meantime.

Cool Ideas.. Thanks :)
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Re: Natural ant repellent
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2009, 05:50:51 pm »
I use Terro too... It works really great for me, only I get a little crazy watching the buggers rally round to suck it down...  I get this evil little laugh going and... well...  I really shouldn't enjoy it quite so much... :-\

I love the idea about the jalapenos, and will look for some tansy to plant too... 8)
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Re: Natural ant repellent
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2009, 07:14:09 am »
Joanna, you're just wicked! LOL (BTW, I LOVE the photo!)

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Re: Natural ant repellent
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2009, 10:00:18 am »
After reading this, I looked up Tansy on Wikipedia and I think I will give it a try and tell my neighbors to do so as well. I HATE ANTS! I know there are other bugs that are much worse but the ants absolutely love my house! Hopefully I can be like Judy and not have to see any more of them in a couple of years after starting this!

 During the American colonial period meat was frequently rubbed with or packed in common tansy to repel insects and prevent decay. [2][5][10] Also during the colonial period common tansy was frequently worn in shoes to prevent ague and malaria.[5][10] In England tansy was placed on window sills to repel flies, sprigs placed in bed linen to drive away pests, and was also used as an ant repellent ([21]) In the 1940s distilled common tansy oils mixed with fleabane, pennyroyal, and diluted alcohol was a well known mosquito repellent, with collectors paying five cents a pound for tansy in full bloom ([22]; [13]). Common tansy was planted along side potatoes to repel the Colorado potato bug, one study finding tansy reduced the potato bugs population by 60-100% ([19]; [13]; [11]). Research has found that tansy extracts do indeed repel mosquitoes, but not as effectively as products containing diethyltoluamide

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Re: Natural ant repellent
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2009, 09:34:08 am »
Baby powder actually works really well.  For some reason Ants can't stand the stuff
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Re: Natural ant repellent
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2009, 08:30:53 pm »
Get rid of ants??? shoot, thats easy,  just get a couple of uncles, I've got two and they both managed to repel aunts ;D
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Re: Natural ant repellent
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2009, 09:01:09 pm »
BAD .... ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Natural ant repellent
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2009, 10:10:55 pm »
Hey, I need a couple of those uncles.  I have a particularly stubborn bunch of ants.  Terro doesn't work on them.   We have put masking tape over the places that they come in and that has stopped them temporarily.