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Cuilionn BS: How to get rid of carpenter ants? (73* d) RE: BS: How to get rid of carpenter ants? 06 Apr 10

Along with VirginiaTam's suggestion, I'd add plantings of wormwood (Artemisia) around the edges of your house. As the plant's common name indicates, it was used in a range of insect-control applications. It was a common practice, in Colonial America, to plant artemisia around the foundation of wooden buildings to deter or prevent insect infestation.

Pennyroyal might help too--I know it repels fleas and some other insect pests. Both plants contain bug repellant compounds. Just be aware that pennyroyal should be used with caution--I've heard it should not be handled by children or pregnant women. Artemisia can, as far as I know, be safely handled by anyone.

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