About Lori Greco

Lori is a freelance graphic designer living in the Boston area with her husband, their three kids and a yellow lab puppy. She started Greco Design Company in 2014 when she realized that her love for design was extending beyond the corporate advertising world and into all areas of her life. She shows us some unique but simple DIY projects, gives some great ideas for home design, provides her outlook on current fashion trends, and loves to do beauty and product reviews. She incorporates her graphic design background through her free printables, paintings, signs, art prints, invitations and stationery on her blog and in her Etsy shop. Lori believes in the importance of surrounding ourselves with good, purposeful design that can help streamline our lives and still be affordable. Her tutorials are easy to follow as she shows how you can make anything you set your mind to!

Lori shared her great ideas on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry™ from June 2015 - September 2019. Follow Lori on Facebook, TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

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  1. Charles Martin M. Ikari says

    I see that you have a picture of ants on the label but make no mention of them in the article. I was wondering if you have seen any proof that your recipe works on ants. More specifically sugar ants?

    • Carrie says

      Hi Charles, thank you for taking the time to write to us with your question. This DIY Bug Spray is a topical solution that you spray on your body to repel mosquitos, ticks, fleas and flies. It does not kill the bugs or insects. The bugs don’t like the smell of the oils and it repels them and prevents you from getting bitten. Hope that helps.

      • Carrie says

        Hi Charles, Lori from Greco Design Company did a little research for you on this issue. Here is what she found:

        “The lemon essential oil is great ant repellant but this spray is definitely more of a topical use, as you mentioned. However, while I was doing my research, I found a good essential oil for ants specifically. Depending on the situation, there’s a way to treat the ants with a spray or an essential oil-infused cotton ball. I have yet to try this concoction but it does seem the following essential oils are a very good ant repellant.
        Thanks!! – Lori

        Peppermint Essential Oil – It works and it smells great too!

        Tea Tree Essential Oil – a great all-purpose oil that can also be used as a disinfectant in homemade cleaners.

        Lemon or Citrus Essential Oil- Citrus oils contain d-limonene, which is toxic to ants. It also masks their scent trails. (Orange, lemon and grapefruit essential oils all contain d-limonene)

        To use: Place a few drops of the essential oils on a cotton ball and wipe on baseboards and other entry points. You can also leave a essential oil-infused cotton ball in cabinets and other areas as needed. Repeat every few days until ants are completely gone, or see below for how to use it as a spray.

        1/4 cup purified water
        1/4 cup witch hazel
        15 drops peppermint essential oil
        15 drops tea tree essential oil
        10 drops lemon or orange essential oil

        Pour all ingredients into a small spray bottle.

        How To Use The Essential Oil Spray:
        Shake bottle, then spray around baseboards, entry points for ants and just about anywhere you’ve seen ants. If you’re spraying on a food surface, omit the tea tree oil and add 15 drops peppermint oil. Repeat every few days until ants are completely gone.


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