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Keeping ants in nature where they belong

Ants are a wondrous part of nature and they clean up debris far beyond their tiny size would indicate. However, they sometimes meander into our homes and lawns and make a nusiance of themselves. Whenever possible, ant hills should be preserved. But, if you have a glob of ants taking up residence in your water pipes, or trailing across your kitchen cabinet to invade your sugar bowl and the kids' store of treats, you are probably pulling your hair out in frustration.

A bit of prevention does wonders. Most ants enter the home only during hot, dry weather. so a source of water outside the house might draw the stream of ants away from your walls. Also, keeping a very clean kitchen during these high weather-stress times will prevent ants from finding your sweet and moist food sources.

If all that fails and you are determined to find a more drastic solution, here's one to consider:

AntFree is a natural repellent works immediately and removes your stress. This highly effective formula contains mints, which actually leave an uplifting, pleasant, and therapeutic scent for you, your pets and your family, while attacking ants on all fronts. Spray and watch as some stop dead in their tracks while others return to the colony killing the queen and eggs. Best yet, though, many of them never make it to the party at all (there's nothing more embarrassing than watching a troupe of ants make their way across your table while serving company), due to an ingenious scent-barrier that actually protects your home and yard.

100% non toxic and containing 5 essential oils that are food-grade allows you to spray AntFree into cabinets, near your pet's food, in the bathroom without the worry of adverse health effects, chemical odors or stickiness. AntFree kills them all (black ants, fire ants,red ants, biting ants, carpenter ants and Pharaoh ants). Wherever you spray it the scent-barrier will remain for up to nine months or when you decide to wash it off. AntFree is a great way to remove ant hills and colonies. You can even pour AntFree directly into the hill without any worry of contaminating the area. Visit for more information if you feel you need a direct solution.

It not only works on ants but naturally dehydrates the offspring to prevent future generations from bothering you. All you do is spray. AntFree was designed as a safe non-toxic way to remove all ants without worry. But, as a naturalist, I want to encourage you to determine whether the ants are native to your area -- because native ants are having a hard time surviving with the invasion of fire ants, etc.. If your ants are native, consider solutions other than killing them.

Bugrepel is a natural herbal-based line of insect repellents with a proven eight year track record. But, unlike the manufacturers of deadly pesticides and toxic, commercial household sprays, this company does not believe that ridding yourself of ants is worth sacrificing the health of your children and pets.

Other alternatives to prevent problems with ants include the use of pepper. To keep the ants outside on your flowers and not inside on your counters, simply sprinkle cayenne pepper around all of the windows and doorways nearest the plants or anywhere else that you find ants entering your house. This is an inexpensive and non-toxic way to keep those little picnickers outdoors.

Some plants also attract insects -- that's no great shock. But if you have Peonies, you might have noticed that ants just love them! The best advice is to keep the peonies far away from your doors and windows. These beautiful, although brief budding flowers, can often be your culprit with ant infestation.

If you have pets that suffer from fleas, you might find a handy remedy in your pet supplies. If the cayenne pepper doesn't do the job with indoor ants, you might try using some of your pet's flea powder. Flea powder, although mildly toxic, is an incredible deterrent for ant and other bug infestation in the home. Just be careful NOT to use flea powder around food, children or other sensitive use areas.

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