5 Natural Remedies for Ants

Natural Remedies for Ants

Summer is in full swing. Barbecues, trips to the beach, camping and hanging out on the porch on a lazy summer afternoon are all fun summer pastimes, but there is one thing that isn't fun about summer...The ANTS! They begin to show up in spring and by summertime a number of homes are under full invasion by armies of these pesky and relentless little critters. 

At times, it seems the only thing that even remotely comes close to getting them under control are toxic sprays you don't want anywhere near your loved ones. I'll admit it...Before I found out about these natural remedies, I resorted to using those sprays a time or two out of pure desperation. Luckily, there are a number of natural remedies for ants that are much, much safer than those bug sprays. 

Here are 10 natural remedies for ants:

1. Peppermint Essential Oil.

I'm sure you've heard of essential oils and how good they are for you. Well, insects don't feel the same way about essential oils and they steer clear of the strong scent of oils like peppermint essential oil. Combine a cup of water with 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and spray it anywhere you're under attack. Ants (and most other insects) will avoid this area like the plague. 

I've tried a lot of brands of peppermint essential oil and one of my personal favorites is doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil - 15ml. It costs a little bit more than some of the budget brands, but isn't so expensive that it's unaffordable. Since you're diluting it before use, a single bottle will last multiple seasons.

2. Lemon Juice.

Here's an easy one. Ants hate lemon juice and will steer clear of anywhere it's been sprayed. Spray the perimeter of your house to keep ants out. It doesn't last long, so you'll have to spray every couple days while ants are on the prowl. 

3. Diatomaceous Earth. 

This fine powder is made from the fossilized skeletons of tiny aquatic organisms. The sharp edges of the particles cut into the exoskeletons of ants and other hard-bodied insects that crawl over it, causing them to dry out and die. Make sure you get Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. It's safe for both humans and pets, but sprinkle it around areas frequented by ants and you'll do a number on them.

4. Cinnamon.

Ants hate cinnamon. You can sprinkle powdered cinnamon in areas where ants roam or you can dilute cinnamon essential oil and spray it in areas where there are a lot of ants. Either way, you'll deter pests because they detest the smell of cinnamon. 

5. Boiling Water. 

Here's an easy way to destroy an entire ant colony. Boil a pot of water and track the trail of ants back to the colony. Slowly pour boiling water into the hill or hole the ants are crawling in and out of. You'll eradicate the colony at the source. Now, sprinkle some diatomaceous earth around the hole to clean up any stragglers that return to the colony and you'll be rid of the entire bunch of them. 

 

How to Become a Nicer Person

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Nobody sets out in life wanting to be a mean person, as it isn't human nature to be mean. As children, we go out of our way to be nice to our friends, family and everyone around us. As we get older and experience what life has to offer, many of us allow our ability to be nice to slowly but surely erode until we're bitter and angry shells of the amazing person we used to be.

It isn't a conscious decision. People don't wake up one day and say, "Screw this! I'm going to stop being nice to people!" It's more a gradual dissipation of our manners, our propensity to saying kind words and our ability to stay positive in the face of diversity. The good news is this is a learned behavior and it can be unlearned. It won't be easy, as it's going to take a conscious effort to be nice until it becomes habit, but there are a handful of tricks you can use to help yourself along the way.

Be Nice to Yourself

People who have a negative self-image are more likely to reflect the way they feel about themselves onto others. If you don't like the person you've become, it's going to be very difficult for you to like anyone else. Those with deep-seated self-loathing should seek counseling, while the rest of us can try waking up every morning and saying something positive to the person we see in the mirror. Don't just think it. Say it out loud and keep saying it every morning until you start believing it. 

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5 Ways to Lessen the Stressin'

stress-free zone

 

We all tend to stress over the little things in life, while forgetting all about the big picture. Minor bumps in the road may look like major life events while they're happening, but in the grand scheme of things, most bumps are short-lived and lead to bigger and better things. Even stressful events like the loss of a job, the ending of a relationship or losing a house to foreclosure (I've experienced all of the above) can be put behind you and will soon be fading away in the rear-view mirror as you put the pedal to the medal and accelerate forward with your life.

Stress is a dynamic emotion and the response to it varies from person to person. That's why one person is a nervous wreck while stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, while another drives with the serenity of a Buddhist monk. Some people are born with the ability to regulate stress and thrive under fire, while others break down at the first sign of trouble. This begs the question whether some people's brains are simply wired differently or have they unlocked the secret to reducing the body's response to a stressful situation?

I've got good news for you. Even if you're the biggest stress case on the planet, you can learn to manage stress. Reducing stress isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, so you need to figure out what works best for you, but having the following 5 stress reduction techniques in your bag of tricks will definitely help.

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What Is the Heartbleed Bug & What Sites Are Affected

the heartbleed bug

 

*WARNING* We're interrupting your normal health programming to bring you this warning about a bug that's currently taking the Internet by storm. Please stay tuned for important information regarding the health of your private data. *WARNING*

What Is the Heartbleed Bug?

It's rare that a computer virus or bug is important enough to warrant the kind of attention the Heartbleed bug is currently getting. By all accounts, this one's a nasty one and is well-deserving of the press it's getting. According to most sources, Heartbleed is as bad as an Internet security flaw can get and can result in the loss of personal data, including user names, passwords and credit card information.

Heartbleed is a flaw in the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption software that's in place to protect your data. I heard one computer expert compare the flaw to hiring a group of armed guards to protect an armored car and having them all fall asleep at once. Those with the knowledge needed to expose your data through Heartbleed have free reign to capture anything and everything you transmit.

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