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Nature’s Repellents – Part 1

Getting pests out of your home can be difficult. Keeping them out often proves to be even harder.

This is especially true for ant infestations, as you may find your house occupied with a militia of them crawling out of every crevice, appearing only to multiply double the rate at which they are vanquished.

Nature's Repellents - Part 1

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Commercial repellents exist, but they are often costly, contain hazardous chemicals (harming the ants and yourself), and usually don’t prevent new infestations from taking place – companies do need customers to keep buying more product(s), after all.

Focusing on ants, there is a great deal you can do to prevent invasions with the resources around you. Oftentimes it won’t cost you anything but a pinch of time, which you’ll more than earn back from time not spent spraying and bug bombing until the pores of your house are congested with a chemical residue.

If you’ve seen the Skeleton Key, or have dabbled in hoodoo lore, you are likely familiar with the protective properties that have been assigned to brick dust (Note: this will be relevant in a moment; neither myself nor Blackle Mag advocate hoodoo practices).

The brick dust (or powder) is poured onto the floor, either in a line – creating a blockade – or made to form a protective circle. It is then meant to keep out any presence that poses a potential threat. A similar method can be implemented using standard sidewalk chalk or baby powder. You can mark the floor with either one to prevent ants from crossing. The reason behind this being that Talcum powder, an ingredient in both chalk and baby powder, is an ant repellent. But use talc-containing substances sparingly, as studies have linked it to cancer.

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In addition to cinnamon, as was mentioned in our earlier post about keeping homes bug-free, there are a variety of spices and herbs that repel ants while lending a fragrance that is favorable to most humans. These include mint, chili powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cloves, and garlic. To use these spices and herbs, either place them in small containers to tuck around the house or use them to mark your territory as you would with the chalk and baby powder.

For more tips on pest control, take a gander at Blackle Mag’s “Natural Pesticides” article.

Nature’s Repellents – Part 2

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