How do you use peppermint oil for ants? To treat a surface with peppermint oil, place a few drops of undiluted peppermint oil on a cotton ball or the corner of a rag. Wipe down any entry points where you suspect ants are coming in such as door thresholds, along baseboards, around wall outlets, air vents, etc.
Why does peppermint oil repel ants? Peppermint oil is thought to work against ants in several ways. First, it has a potent smell that can mask the pheromones that ants use to communicate, which confuses them and disrupts their navigation ability. Second, Peppermint oil is also a strong irritant, which can cause the ants to flee or even die.
Does peppermint oil draw ants? Ants rely on chemical signals to navigate toward food and their nest, so removing their trail with soap and water, or using negative signals or repellents such as peppermint oil will disturb the chemical trail and discourage the ants from coming back.
Will peppermint spray kill ants? Essential oils: You can use essential oils such as peppermint, citrus oil and tea tree oil to make an ant-repellent spray. Purchase a clean spray bottle and fill it with 1/4 cup of water, 15 drops of tea tree oil, 15 drops of peppermint oil and seven drops of the citrus oil of your choice.