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Spray trash and recycling bins if ants are a problem there.
For anthills near house pour boiling water into nest.
Once ants have entered house, other measures have to be taken. Pennyroyal, tansy, and mint leaves scattered on surfaces where ants are found can be used as a deterrent. Bay leaves broken in small pieces is also helpful.
Some people have found a mixture of following ingredients helpful in repelling ants. One cup water, one- fourth cup plus one tablespoon hot sauce,, one-fourth cut liquid soap, and one teaspoon spearmint of peppermint flavoring. Put in a spray bottle and spray where ants enter house.
Washing down counters with an equal solution of vinegar and water is repulsive to ants.
Powdered cloves or red pepper sprinkled on surface where ants are found serves as an excellent repellant. Ants are extremely fastidious and will not return to where these hot spices can get on their feet and antennae.
If it not too inconvenient, sticky fly paper placed in strategic areas will capture crawling ants.
Perhaps one of most unusual substances used that discourages ants from pantry shelves are broken egg shells.
Lastly, clean up all food after eating for it is crumbs that attracts ants.
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