Category Archives: NATURAL INSECT SPRAY

MY PLACE SMELLS LIKE A LEMON-DROP

Actually, all I did to get rid of the ants (last post) was wipe down the window sill they came in from, and the air-conditioner cord they walked down on with white vinegar. I mean, I have the white vinegar in my cleaning bucket, and I figured I would see how minimalist I could go and still get away with it. It worked for a month or so… that post was in May.
Nevertheless, about 3 days ago, the ants were back. I threw vinegar on them. I wiped down with vinegar again, but I guess they thought it was salad dressing or something.
So, today, I went out to the hardware store and bought a plastic spray container (too bad that store chain doesn’t have an affiliate program, because I am very impressed with this bottle… The beauty of this baby is that it has measurement markings on the side so I don’t have to get out measuring cups and all that. Plus,the sprayer thing even fits on my favorite water brand’s bottle. Am I going to see if they sell the sprayer separately? You bet!)

So, anyway, the  ants were back, so this called for more muscle.  I looked in my essential oil box and my hand fell first on the lemon oil. Especially good since that is the EO I have the most of.

I made my spray of:
1/2 C water
1/2 C white vinegar
40 drops lemon EO

I shook the bottle, and advanced on the ants’ marching line. Yes, they do go marching one by one. Until they die.

Right now, I am feeling very medieval. I am leaving the bodies of the dead lying around, so that the invaders can see how I deal with intruders and marauders. (Okay, I’ll vacuum later)

Meanwhile, my place smells like a lemon-drop.

ADIOS ANTS! DIY Ant Spray

There they were: a small army of ants, marching across my window sill from the window to the wall.  (This is the first time I’ve ever had to deal with ants!  I guess I’ve been lucky before, considering all the places I’ve lived).  

So, I started thinking about a way to make them not be there that did not involve a shoe or a store-bought spray.  Today, I live ant-free.

DIY ANT SPRAY
Kills and repels ants on all types of surfaces, leaves little residue.

2 C white (distilled) vinegar
2 C water
3 T Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap (or any dish detergent that suits your fancy)
3 T table salt

Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into a spray bottle.

Shake before each use.
Thoroughly spray the entire area where ants are, as well as their trail. The ants will die.
Once the ants are dead, use a paper towel to wipe off the sprayed area to remove any residue (and deceased ants). The detergent and vinegar smell will repel ants from the sprayed area.

It is said that the soap makes the spray stick to the ants, thereby increasing the effectiveness of this spray.

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Oh, I just can’t stop with one remedy! Here are some others.

VINEGAR AND WATER DIY ANT SPRAY
1 C white (distilled) vinegar
1 C water

Combine water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
Spray on ants anywhere. Use a paper towel to wipe away residue (and deceased ants).

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ESSENTIAL OIL AND VINEGAR DIY ANT SPRAY
Essential oils that will kill ants on contact include clove, lemon, peppermint, and tea tree.
40 drops, clove, lemon, peppermint, or tea tree EO
1/2 C distilled white vinegar
1/2 C water

Mix in a spray bottle.
To use, shake the bottled mixture, then spray on the ants (they will die). Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.

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ALL ESSENTIAL OIL DIY ANT SPRAY
1/2 cup of water
15 drops lemon EO
30 drops peppermint EO
30 drops tea tree oil EO*

Combine in a spray bottle.
To use, shake the bottled mixture, then spray on the ants (they will die). Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.
*NOTE: Do not use tea tree oil on surfaces used for food preparation. Instead, use:
30 drops peppermint EO
15 drops lemon EO
1/2 C water

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CASTILE SOAP SPRAY:
1/4 C liquid castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)*
20 drops of peppermint oil
1 qt water

Mix in a spray bottle. Shake bottle and spray liquid on the ants to kill them. Also spray in places where ants can enter, to repel them.
*NOTE: you can also grate 1/4 cup-worth of a bar of castile soap, and mix it in thoroughly with the liquids, until it dissolves.