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Natural pest control indoors and out
By THE HERB COMPANION
June/July 2008
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Vetiver essential oil can help keep ants away in outdoor areas. If ants are a problem inside, though, don't turn to vetiver. It can stain.
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Repel Ants with Herbs

If you have ants in outdoor places you don’t want them, try using a strong concentration of vetiver essential oil in a carrier oil, such as almond or olive oil. After sprinkling 2 tablespoons of premixed vetiver in almond oil inside her ant-plagued mailbox, Tina Marie Wilcox found hundreds of dead ants in the box the next day. "Six months later, my mailbox had no trace of ants … and my mail was pleasantly scented with vetiver oil," Wilcox says. Note: This mixture can stain, so be sure to use only in outdoor areas, and keep it out of children’s reach.








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