Pest Control with EOs: Ants

With the cooler weather we have seen more ants trying to come into our house. The very best way of eliminating ants is truly simple:
Use 1 empty water bottle (Cut it down to about 2" tall) 
Take a small amount of powdered sugar, and mix it with an equal amount of baking soda. Add 3 drops of Spark Naturals Wild Orange Essential Oil. Next stir in a bit of water to make a paste.

Powdered sugar is essential. (You cannot use the larger grains of sugar for this.)

Place small amounts of the mixture against the walls or other areas where you would not normally walk but where you would normally see the ants. The ants will be attracted to the sugar, and will eat some of it, and collect more to take home to feed others, so all of them will get their share. The sugar and baking soda powders are similar in size, and once mixed together, the ants cannot separate the two items. As they eat the sugar, they will also ingest the baking soda, which they would otherwise never touch. This is the reason for using powdered sugar. Once the ants eat the baking soda it will react with the formic acid, in their stomachs, and cause gas. The bodies of ants are unlike humans, and they cannot eliminate gas, so it will build up inside them, and cause them to literally explode.

Orange oil can be used in biological pest control green pesticides. It can kill an ant, as well as a whole colony of ants. Orange oil also erases an ant's scent-pheromone trail indicators and disrupt re-infestation activities in ants. Their use in organic farming is getting increasingly important because of their non-toxic nature. They are commonly used in kitchens to safely repel insects.
Orange oil is also known to be useful to control or exterminate termites of the Drywood (Kalotermitidae) variety.


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