chair. I spent about an hour on my hands and knees with a small hand
vacuum sucking up the little suckers.
I finally started to see them reducing, in the mean time, I had been
bitten badly about 8 times. They were leaving large welts with a
small white point that would ooze. I also felt ill after the whole
ordeal. I had my oil bag with me and started putting purify on the
bites. I also felt wheezy. So I took the lavender, lemon, peppermint
mixture in some water. My wheeziness was quickly gone. But my bites
were, while better, still irritating, itching, and stung. I took the
peppermint and dabbed the spots again. They remained welted, but the
irritation went away almost immediately.
After some time the ants started to come back. I dripped some
peppermint on the desk and spread it around with a tissue. The ants
walked on it like deity on water. So I grabbed the purify. This time
they would not get near it. I dripped purify drops all over my desk,
and along the floor by the walls where they seemed to be coming in.
The ants did not bother me any more after that. And when I left, I
hit the spots again with purify. The tissues I used to wipe my desk,
I placed hanging out of different drawers on my desk, in my trash can
and on the floor by the wall.
When I came in this morning, I fully expected to be infested again. I
was surprisingly met with the aroma of purify, and there was not a
single ant in site. More surprising, I picked up a couple of the
tissues to throw them away and they still had the strong odor of
purify. I would not have guessed that purify was such a base note
blend. I was surprised it had not fully volitized.
For further information... These ant were what I would call medium
size red ants. Wendy and I have had battles with small black kitchen
ants, and have found a spray with 20 drops lemongrass to 1-2
tablespoons of coconut or grapeseed oil as very effective against
these buggers. Of course, keeping cabinetry clean of leftover foods,
crumbs, spills, etc. helps greatly too. At night we spray and wipe
the cabinets with a paper towel. This keeps them away.
I guess this shows that what might be most effective for one kind of
ant, may not be the best for another race of critter. And what helps
ease the pain of a red bug bite, might not be the best oils for a
yellow and black stinging bug.