Don't know about bay leaves but do know ground sage sprinkled on ants works very well. Yesterday I had about 500 ants congregating at the back door.I sprinkled sage there and within 2 hours they were gone. It's cheap and easy. I heard about it on PBS from the Home-Remedy English guy and it's true. I've been using sage for years on ants and we are ant free in the house.
Thanks everyone. Judy, will try the sage today!
Great tip about the Sage! I didn't know that one.
If I see a huge group of ants I usually dowse them with soapy dish water - it kills them right away. But for keeping them out of the house --- I didn't know Sage could work (or Bay leaves for that matter)!
I'm going to try the sage tip! I woke up this morning with ants in my kitchen, and I hate ants.
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