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Re: Does mint leaves repel ants? If so what kind of ants?

Date: Mon Mar 19 01:16:05 2001
Posted By: Jack Paxton, Faculty Crop Science Emeritus, University of Illinois
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 983200521.Es

Mint Leaves may repel some kinds of ants and not others. Excellent 
experiment to try. You can start by getting some ants from your house, 
probably Argentine ants [imported to the U.S. years ago and a real pest 
now] and then getting other ants from the yard [best to ask a local 
entomologist to help you]. You can put mint leaves in with them in a jar 
separately [many ants fight when placed together] and see if they avoid 
the leaves or not.
Because of your age, this is the best place to start your experiments. If 
you run into problems, let me know and I will help you.

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