Recently there’s been some discussion on the Jain Vegans group about how to deter ants. Here are the tips that have been recommended so far: –

Spray peppermint oil where the ants seem to enter from. They do not like the smell so this will deter them.

The same goes for sprinkling salt

The same goes for sprinkling plain flour

Also, it is said that ants do not like baking soda on their feet so sprinkling this should have a similar effect.

Do you know of any other tips?

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Ajay · April 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Hardar (Tumeric) works too really well….it acts as a wall and they hate crossing it….harmless, safe and quite fun watching them retreat 🙂


    Heena Modi · April 24, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks Ajay 🙂

Subahu · April 30, 2009 at 10:45 am

Talcum Powder also works a treat as the ants find it very irritating but non-harmful

    Heena Modi · May 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks for that Subahu 🙂

Jim Maginity · July 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I did not know that peppermint oil could be used as a deterant.

Helen · July 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for this tip I will try it. A friend of mine used to swear that leaving a saucer of water on the windowsill would stop ants coming into the house during hot weather.


    Heena Modi · July 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    No probs 🙂

Neil Kennelly · July 21, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Ants will not cross a chalk line. Simple chalkboard chalk will do. Try it…it works!

    Heena Modi · July 21, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks 🙂

Rhi · August 16, 2010 at 1:05 am

All these are safe detterents to use in and around the home
* Black pepper
* Red pepper
* Cinnamon
* Sage
* Tansy
* Cloves
* Dry mustard
* Pennyroyal
* Cornmeal
Vinegar is also a good deterrent, wash everywhere down with it.
Ants also hate oily substances and petroleum jelly is very good at stopping them come through small holes.
Ive also planted mint plants in pots around where they entered the house, there is never any ants near the plants.

    Heena Modi · August 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you so much Rhi.

Krisan · August 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Try chalk..the stuff used on blackboards

    Heena Modi · August 31, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Ta Krisan : )

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