First of all, multiple sources have suggested using orange oil or orange peels as an ant (and cat) deterrent. So far, citrus peels in the garden seem to have deterred neighborhood cats; we're going to try this line of defense first.
Reader's Digest suggests a couple of Earth-friendly solutions, so the next step will be for us to sprinkle one of these household products around the entry points to our home, creating a barrier that ants won't want to cross (and keeping it safe for the rest of us). Turns out, there are a lot of things that ants don't like to bother with:
- Cream of tartar
- Oil of cloves
- Cayenne pepper
If you have any suggestions for keeping ants out of the home, or have tried any of these remedies for the situation, be sure to let us know!