Maybe changing the leaves so quickly gave the ants a clue that I was serious! Place bay leaves on counter tops, under cabinets and appliances, around trash cans and along baseboards. As it turns out, I only had to “change” the bay leaves that one time (mentioned in the update above). So I can highly recommend trying bay leaves to deter an ant problem in whatever room the ants are bugging you! They’re small and black (or dark brown). I’ve been ant-free again for 5 days and counting. I believe these are sugar ants. In the garden, herbs and grasses like lemon grass, citronella grass and mint can be planted to repel bugs, and they work in much of the same way that bay leaves do at repelling indoor insects. A few have over 2M shares; many others have over 100K shares. The ants will carry the bait into the ant hill, and the boric acid will kill them. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a creative writing concentration from Marietta College. Filed Under: Cleaning Things, Home & Garden Tagged With: Ants, Insects. Yes. To date, I've personally written over 200 articles about cleaning, organization, DIY repairs, and household hacks on this site! (Our dog doesn’t even know they’re there.). Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Bay leaves are a popular ingredient in spaghetti sauces and soups, but they can also be used as a natural way to repel insects. Considerations. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Katherine Barrington has written on a variety of topics, from arts and crafts to pets, health and do-it-yourself projects. To date, I’ve personally written over 200 articles about cleaning, organization, DIY repairs, and household hacks on this site! Fresh bay leaves work best to control the ant population, but dried bay leaves also work. Not a single one since I strategically placed the bay leaves in our kitchen. So I can highly recommend trying bay leaves to deter an ant problem in whatever room the ants are bugging you! Career-wise, I’ve been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started… and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). Bay leaves are commonly touted as effective in repelling large insects like cockroaches, as well as fleas and flying insects like wasps and flies. I’m a first-time mom. So I stuck an entire bay leaf there. After a few days, the pungent odor of the bay leaves may wear off and lose its efficacy, so you will need to replace the leaves about once a week to maintain effective insect control. It worked! These ant hills can create aesthetic problems, however, and make mowing difficult when you're caring for your turf. A few have over 2M shares; many others have over 100K shares. I’m super-organized. Dried bay leaves, when sprinkled around your home, can be just as effective in warding off nuisance insects, like cockroaches, ants and fleas, as can some of the most popular commercial insecticide sprays. Check the bay leaves once a day and replace as needed. I’m guessing the pungent odor from the bay leaves just naturally wears off after a few days. Instead, I searched for a natural home remedy that would work — hopefully using something that I already had on hand. I thought I might have to change them regularly, after the ants returned that first time — but no. Most of the other methods are messy, or sticky, or smelly. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. For example, I’ve worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo — to name a few. Placing a bay leaf here & there is really simple and effective. That’s why I decided to try the bay leaf home remedy for taking care of ants first. Placing a bay leaf here & there is really simple and effective. Bay leaves are a common herb that can be purchased in dried, whole-leaf form at most grocery stores. It is also possible that myrcene and eugenol, the essential oils commonly extracted from bay leaves, may play a role in deterring pests. I even enjoy doing laundry (but not ironing). I'm super-organized. The ants may come back when the scent of the leaves disappears. Try using bay leaves as a natural pest repellent.