As the warmer weather approaches, you may start to notice more and more ants coming in. You can deter them easily with these DIY repellents.

Ant repellent powder


6 tbsp borax (available throughout NZ)
6 tbsp dried peppermint leaves
6 tbsp cayenne powder


Mix the three ingredients together and sprinkle around areas where ants are coming into your home.

Ant repellent oil


Cotton balls
Cintronella essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Spearmint essential oil

Put a few drops of one of the oils onto cotton balls, and place them where you've seen ants entering your house. Add a few more drops to the cotton balls every 2-3 days.