Peppermint Oil to keep the "Buggers" Away
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Working in the garden or doing yardwork is always something I have loved doing. That is until I moved to our current property which is infested with red ants everywhere. I try to protect myself by wearing long pants & pulling my socks over my pant legs so they can't crawl up my legs. It isn't always practical to wear long sleeves when it is 30 degrees Celsius.
They love to bite me and I swell up and they itch like crazy. The biggest issue with the ants are they keep biting until they are killed. I've had up to 5 bites in the same area before. I know I'm a crazy site, when I'm tearing off my shirt trying to locate the little bugger.
I've tried some home remedies of baking soda, vinegar and soap and water to help alleviate the itch. This morning I stumbled upon an article saying essential lavender oil may help with the itch and peppermint oil may help repel them.
Today, I'm going to try putting peppermint oil on beforehand to see if it keeps the ants and mosquitos away. Fingers crossed.