Survived Home Invasion This Weekend

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    Survived Home Invasion This Weekend

    It was a close call, but we survived a home invasion this past weekend. It was pretty late and I was making the rounds, checking the doors, etc, when the intruders burst in. There were too many to count and I was nearly over run. I quickly called out to my wife for re-enforcements. We laid down suppressing fire and gained fire superiority. Once we had the upper hand, the invaders were wiped out.

    Who were the invaders you ask? Ants, ants, and more ants. Hundreds of them.

    Our weapon of choice? Peppermint oil mixed with water.

    The result? Kills on contact and creates a barrier that future ants don't want to follow. It is safe, non-toxic, and extremely effective.

    I might consider the incident somewhat humorous, even if it is my house.
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    Interesting. I didn't know about the peppermint oil. I've been putting down boric acid powder to try to keep out the roaches that seem to want in. They seem to really try to come in after a big downpour here in FL. I guess they get dug up from outside then decide it's cool if they crash in my place.

    I believe peppermint oil is toxic to pets though, no? I don't own any though so I guess I am ok there.

    My pest issues seem to go back and forth between ants and roaches. Spiders once in a while as well. I don't know what kind of ants I get, but they're the big ones. Sometimes they have wings, but usually, they're just the big type of ant. I think they might be carpenter ants. Sometimes I'll find baseboards that have been eaten away. I hope they're not eating the frame.

    Two days ago I got up from my computer chair only to find a dead roach. I SAT ON A ROACH. I was kind of grossed out.

    I hate roaches.

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    I did not know about the peppermint oil. I will have to try it. How much water and how much peppermint oil did you mix?

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    Me too! I'd like to have more information on that and where to buy it. Thanks...

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    I've never heard of peppermint oil. Where do you get it? Wal-Mart? Hardware stores?

    It sounds crazy but dishwashing liquid will kill them on contact too. You can put it in water and dilute it and kill them but I don't know how much you can dilute it by before it looses its effectiveness. I also don't know how safe it is around pets. We don't have any pets in the house so it never was a concern for me.

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    Home Remedy to Kill Ants


    I have used the grits and soap. I may have to try the peppermint though it may be hazardous to my diet

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    Will Peppermint Schnappes work?
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    Yep.. I've had some (cough cough) issues with ants too.. I always win the battle, but it seems they are winning the war. Either that or it is a stalemate.

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    Does the peppermint oil mix with the water or do you add a drop of detergent for an emulsifier?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DefConGun View Post
    I've never heard of peppermint oil. Where do you get it? Wal-Mart? Hardware stores?

    It sounds crazy but dishwashing liquid will kill them on contact too. You can put it in water and dilute it and kill them but I don't know how much you can dilute it by before it looses its effectiveness. I also don't know how safe it is around pets. We don't have any pets in the house so it never was a concern for me.
    Looks like you can get it at GNC stores, so I'd also assume most pharmacies would have it as well. Google comes up with plenty of sources.

    I've successfully used laundry detergent with water (50/50) to kill off box elder bugs on the house siding. I wouldn't think that a soap mixture should be used indoors with pets, though. My Lab will (& has!) eat a bar of Irish Spring given the chance! He'd be licking the floor until he blew bubbles...

    As far as pet toxicity for peppermint oil, I found this at the ASPCA: ASPCA | Peppermint Oil
    I wouldn't try it around my canines nor my felines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul34 View Post
    Interesting. I didn't know about the peppermint oil. I've been putting down boric acid powder to try to keep out the roaches that seem to want in. They seem to really try to come in after a big downpour here in FL. I guess they get dug up from outside then decide it's cool if they crash in my place.

    I believe peppermint oil is toxic to pets though, no? I don't own any though so I guess I am ok there.

    My pest issues seem to go back and forth between ants and roaches. Spiders once in a while as well. I don't know what kind of ants I get, but they're the big ones. Sometimes they have wings, but usually, they're just the big type of ant. I think they might be carpenter ants. Sometimes I'll find baseboards that have been eaten away. I hope they're not eating the frame.

    Two days ago I got up from my computer chair only to find a dead roach. I SAT ON A ROACH. I was kind of grossed out.

    I hate roaches.
    Cats specifically...works like a neurotoxin on them.
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    Terro "Ant Killer" from Home Depot, ants love it, it's a liquid you put onto small cardboard dots and place wherever you want them. They eat it and carry it back to the nest, whole nest will die. Warning, you have a few ants, put this down and you will have many, many ants for a short period. Just keep them fed and in a week or so, no more ants.
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    Have to look into these. We have been overrun with the tiny sugar ants this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babarock View Post
    Have to look into these. We have been overrun with the tiny sugar ants this year.
    For those guys, Windex works very well. It's not the cheapest solution, but it kills on contact if that's what you have handy.

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