Keeping Ants at Bay with Bay?

Ants! Ants everywhere! They aren’t even in our kitchen, but instead they’re in our computer room. They honestly don’t bother me any, but my boyfriend basically panics when he sees them going after a crumb or a place where our Siamese cat has thrown up (gross, I know). It’s not like we’re pigs. The place is clean – Cluttered, but clean!

Anyway, there’s been much discussion about how we’re going to get rid of our little six-legged friends. I’ve been really, really torn about it. I couldn’t figure out why it was bothering me so much until today when I was going over the concepts of ahimsa and non-violence. I realized that’s why it had been bothering me. These little guys have as much right to be alive as I do.

My mother reminded me of bay leaves, though. So I’ve strategically placed them about the room in hopes of making the ants go hang out somewhere else. I will update you when I find out if this works or not.

Wish me luck! I don’t want to have to kill them. (There was so much more I wanted to say in this blog post, but my brain just sort of failed me and it’s time for dinner.)


5 thoughts on “Keeping Ants at Bay with Bay?

  1. I have heard that citrus oils deter them. I wipe (with a q-tip) orange and lemon essential oils along doorways and windows to keep them out and have watched them scurry the other direction when they get to the line.


  2. I will have to try the essential oils. I can't seem to find where they're coming in from, but the bay doesn't seem to be doing 100% of the trick.


  3. Lavender and peppermint oil mixed will create a barrier that they won't cross. I swab it on window sills and around outlets (I live in the South and that's a secret entry way here) and around the sink (the drains are another entry way.) You have to do it every few hours at first.


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