Natural Pesticides: Herb and Soap Ant-Repellent Spray

Control ants and other common garden pests with this Herb and Soap Ant-Repellent Spray.

| June/July 2008

  • Control ants in your garden with this Herb and Soap Ant-Repellent Spray.
    Photo by Antrey/Fotolia

Ants herd aphids, mealybugs and scale, acting as hosts so they can harvest the other insects’ secretions, commonly called honeydew. Control the ants with this Herb and Soap Ant-Repellent Spray and you’ll inhibit these other common pests.

• 1/2 cup fresh tansy leaves
• 1/2 cup fresh santolina leaves
• 1 quart boiled water
• 1 tablespoon Murphy Oil Soap
• 10 drops vetiver essential oil

1. Add herbs to boiled water, cover and steep until infusion is cool.

2. Strain out herbs. Stir in soap and vetiver oil.

3. Before use, shake mixture well, then filter it into a sprayer. Use Herb and Soap Ant-Repellent Spray on ant trails, counters, soil surfaces or wherever ants are a problem.

Tina Marie Wilcox and Susan Belsinger are longtime Herb Companion contributors. 



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