I am now very excited to try the borax solutions outside on the actual ant hill I discovered in my front yard this year. I imagine any berry jam would work. Also, the next day I’d have crysyal’s growing in the bottle and once again, the bottle would clog from the get go. They can literally move in thousands strong so do check and repair. Carol. You could try but most of the mixtures are a bit thick, so they might not spray too well. Carol. To ring your house with these plants and mix them in among the food plants is another way to fight them. I also have mid size black ants that are not attracted to any mix whatsoever, any suggestions? Thanks for sharing it! It was very interesting to read. That’s the kind of data I’m looking for. It occurred to me just now.. The Advion gel is like the Terro where they take it back to the queen and the whole colony is killed out. These could be carpenter ants, and can do a lot of damage. Carol. Requirements: Borax powder and Jelly. Results are in! They are coming out of my wall socket, which is freaky. The less common chemical names of the substances make it clear that these are two entirely different chemical compounds; borax is sodium borate, while boric acid is hydrogen borate. None of the baits, including the Terro, had fantastic results but Terro was by far the most effective. When its cold and. Today, modern ingredients have mostly replaced borax in … Sprinkle cinnamon in front of door ways or places you know they are coming in. Thanks foe the info. Wait. Although Borax was used in each remedy, it was used a bit differently in each test and with widely varying results. Good results with Borax, sugar and water in Quebec. I remembered reading that white vinegar is good for cleaning up after ants. Worked overnight. I just want to kill the ants, not make them fat! My favorite recipe by far is the homemade Borax and sugar recipe. That means that borax can be an effective ant killer regardless of the type of ant you have. I say that be cause they don’t seem to dry up or skin over. I just place little piles around the room and right now I have a couple piles that are almost half black from ants that have died on the hill. Carol. Use the spray outside where you see the trails to keep ants from coming into the house in the first place. Thanks a lot for sharing. put sugar, water and borax into jar. Looking forward to partying with them again lol…. they were mentioned in other comments but I have not tried this method so I don’t know what went wrong for you. One and a half cup of warm water.Then, soak a few cotton balls in the borax-sugar-water mixture. There are all sorts of home made ant killer recipes available online. Mixed with borax, mixed with Hot Shot gel, or just a lump in the middle of a shallow moat of gel – they swarmed them all. I had a feeling that some of the stronger mixtures were too strong. That is helpful when trying to get rid of ants. Borax can also be used to preserve flowers when combined with corn meal with great results. I think 1 bag treated 5,000 sq ft so I more than double dosed it anyway. I just mixed equal parts of it and place it in a condiment lid to try out tonight in my test. Peanut butter was better but still not too great. Like one of those containers they sell the sliced meat in at the deli. So I’m worried about electrical issues now. Thanks for sharing it with us! Before I got into the ant killer tests, I wanted to at least minimize the amount of ants running around. We bought a new doublewide in 94, lived in it for 6 years, then inherited the house next door. Pin the image below to one of your Pinterest household boards for easy access. What did I do wrong? Many homemade products do just as good a job as the retail products that you buy in stores. Because of the difference in cost, my choice for the future will be the Sugar water and Borax. After consuming the baking soda, the ants will die. I have a similar problem here in NC when it rains. The ants treated with bleach will be dead the next day. Great tips John. I would like to find out if anyone has a spray solution I can use in a 3 gal. Then, soak a few cotton balls in the borax-sugar-water mixture. Here's where to find borax, how to store it, and more tips on using this mixture to kill roaches. The ants love it. 5 parts (5 tsp) Brown Sugar Just a note on the peanut butter/sugar choices, depending on the stage of the life cycle of the ant colony, they will be foraging for either sugary or protein food sources. Keep trying different things. Apparently my little ants are carb lovers especially dog food lovers, so it came to me that of COURSE I should base my kill sauce on that. I digress. I use vinegar and water 50/50 to treat them immediately and then follow up with baits. I set out a few more, and every one of these also were very popular (no less than 50 ants at any one station), while leaving the bait trays with the sweets (honey, sugar, syrup) nearly untouched. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Anything that makes the ants favor the homemade remedy over Terro is good! Homemade Ant Killer With Boric Acid. The winners of the test by a mile were #1 Terro and #2 (second) Sugar water and Borax. Thank you for a wonderful post and the incredible input from all your readers. Jul 12, 2016 - Explore Mart Hale's board "Ant killer borax", followed by 177 people on Pinterest. The site have very good information about pet safe ant killers..I guess it may help you. All oil, shortening or olive oil to moisten the mix to a paste. A natural ant killer Borax is a combination of sodium salts and boric acid. (tarnrit/123rf.com) tb1234. The. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.". Ants may be a nuisance but they are smart. Please do let us know if the ant population decreases. Isopropyl alcohol is my weapon of choice for immediate termination of ants and also fruit flies (sprayed of course with a super-fine shower, not a straight line spray). Homemade Ant Killer Recipe: DIY Borax Ant Killer A quick and easy way to permanently get rid of ants. We live in Texas, where we have a LOT of bugs! Borax with peanut butter, 2 sugars, honey and apple cider vinegar all got tested. True. The biggest mounds I used a quick Exterminating product that I bought at the hardware store to quickly kill (vs bait for queen) first rid the majority of adults. The ants are attracted to the sugar in the mixture, and when they eat it, the Borax kills them. This could be the solution for long lasting outdoor baits. It was just too strong a mixture. amzn_assoc_linkid = "57744e65032e740f84d87ebbd95ae59a"; I am not fond of animals I haven’t invited moving into my house. Sprinkle it under pet dishes too because it will repel them so they won’t climb in the dish. This is not an instant cure since the Borax doesn’t work right away. The best homemade natural ant killer spray is an 8:1 solution of distilled white vinegar and liquid dish soap that kills ants in seconds. Because the poison – boric acid in borax – is slow to kill, there is time for it to reach every ant. Even though it is a bit less effective, it costs so much less and that makes it worth it to me. We started seeing ants in our yard when our neighbours did some intense, comprehensive and beautiful work on their house. I would not dream of editing this comment after the time it took you to write it! Cut the bottom portion of a used plastic water bottle and use it as a bowl for your mixture. After a few days no more ants!!! Is key. So… We had a big rain storm this week, so now I have the task of getting rid of ants. Those may be “carpenter ants”. This sweet sugar water mixture attracts sugar ants and traps them for good. It should be kept in mind that the ants won’t get attracted to the Borax. What I feel like I NEED is a new poison bait that will attract them. Which of the four home made remedies works best at attracting the ants? Brent and Diane, Glad to hear it worked for you Brent. So I remember from long ago that ant poison in the USA had used to contain arsenic as its active ingredient. Reapply the mixture as needed until all the bugs are gone. I actually have been spraying orthotic acid /water mixture. Some say to use just apple cider vinegar, some suggest honey, and some swear by sugar. Spreading a handful of borax on the garage floor, just inside the overhead door, and some more around the perimeter of the garage, worked wonders. 3. The same solution can be used to attract and kill carpenter ants with the inclusion of a fat such as coconut oil added to the mixture. Try mixing the borax with corn syrup, I am pretty sure that is what the Terro base is. Make sure you have no leaky pipes or leaky toilet seals or puddling drains or hoses that need a new washer drawing ants to your abode. Hi Jennifer. I have also used this recipe with some good results, the only change I made was giving it some kind of flavor to drive them to it. That’s 4 to 16 times more than your suggested percentage range. Ant Killer. Inhalation of borax by your pet could cause shortness of breath and coughing fits so care should be taken when using it. (I too love PB, and I would hate to waste it! Hi Amy. It may be that you will need professional treatment to get rid of them. Sometimes this will help the plant in general. Hi Chlaire. Looked ridiculous, but in backyard thank goodness. Please do let me know. Then, the greedy little cretins got a whiff of wet cat food and the next thing; they are doing the I Love Lucy grape crushing scene all over it, as my cats wailed at the unfairness and my dog tried to sneak this delicious, writhing treat. I add grits (tried rice but thought I should’ve used food processor to make it smaller) to powdered sugar and borax. Put a little water into each jar and mix it with the sugar and borax solution. You should notice the ants eating the mixture. ???. How Does Borax Kill Ants? 1/4 Cup of Sugar; A tbsp of Borax; Warm Water: 1 Cup; Mixing Bowl; Cotton Balls; Spoon, Fork, or Stick; Directions. A few days later, we did notice a dramatic reduction in the number of ants. 1 1/2 cups of warm water Simply mix the borax with the sugar and then add the warm water. I punch a couple of holes near the top so they can get in without getting their feet wet. every. If neither work, then I would try the Terro. You put a lot of effort into your experiment! I didn’t mix it very well either, just blobbed a little honey or syrup on a card and sprinkled borax in it and smooshed it in with a spoon. Dip cotton balls or paper towel into the mixture, and then place the soaked item into a jar lid or other shallow container, pouring a little bit of the mixture on top to ensure the item is soaked through. So, in simple words, you can say that 20 Mule Team Borax effect Now I use dishsoap/ water in spray bottle and wipe up Ant corpses as needed. Will it still work or does the borax lose potency over time? It seems to work to keep spiders and ants away. A little, but you’ve solved a very disturbing problem with virtually no harm to the environment, and in a way hugely preferred over any other means … you only kill the specific ants that are causing YOU problems. I think the ants here are protein ants rather than sugar ants. Yes it will kill the grass but I am not that picky. They train us. Mix equal parts of granular sugar and borax. Regards Rob, The main thing it that I feel going by my results is that the original nest was eventually destroyed, but after some time you can exspect for a new scouts from a different colony to venture into the same area seeking food, life goes on, lm confident in my mix that I’ve got it right for those tiny black ants anyway. Been over here for a week and started seeing occasional ants on countertop. Others say that confectioner’s sugar or peanut butter are the answers. Borax and sugar Borax is used as a safe way to get rid of ants in your homes. Upon placing the first bait tray, ants were coming in large numbers, and fast. Ants at my house won’t touch anything sweet, but love chicken. They really don’t like it at all! Carol. (6) Stir well. In Texas in the last few years we have new varieties called “crazy ants” (they are very fast, very “clever”, and run around “like crazy”): coming to a counter near you, soon. Carol, Can u mix them and use a spray bottle to spray the areas, HI David. Many years ago I tried both the granulated sugar and peanut butter methods. It’s been quite some time since I posted a comment on your blog, I said I’d get back to you letting you know my long term results, I pleased to say I have enjoyed success as its been Just over a year and if you read my input on the 01/22/2015 at 4:33 am, you will see that by using a mixture of 1 part borax to 100 parts sugar along with water to make a consistently like thick syrup works well, I found that after some time the mix dose go hard, I simply add some water and let it soften by itself, yes at times a few ants reappeared but that’s exspected as I believe ants will always be there I’m talking maybe quite a few months later, but they are doomed as they too disappear, I now leave that coaster with the pecks paste lid half filled with my mix there most of the time, regular treatment, The main thing it that I feel going by my results is that the original nest was eventually destroyed, but after some time you can exspect for a new scouts from a different colony to venture into the same area seeking food, life goes on, lm confident in my mix that I’ve got it right for those tiny black ants anyway. Generally speaking, ants are attracted to sugar and/or protein. Simply mix all the ingredients together until they’re blended, and place the bait in the trap for the ants to consume. Researching different types of ants I saw that some are looking for sugary foods, some greasy, etc. If I moved a container of plants, they would swarm out, to my complete shudders of horror! The peanut butter required less replacing of the bait since it did not form a film but it did get somewhat firm. (thanks, she says, grimly, considering the massive Underground Facilities being created, expanded upon and…!) Mix the ingredients together in a saucepan on the stove and boil it for about three minutes. Hope this lasts! It’s frequently used to make homemade laundry soap (remember 20 Mule Team Borax detergent booster ? borax works because of flatulacide (my word). Stir well to make sure it’s completely mixed. Hi Deb. But unquestionably the borax is an efffective ant killer if you can find a food that appeals to the palate of your particular ant colony! The ants you see are 1/1,000,000,000 the amount that is out there watching you. Eighteen years ago, a friend and I bought a brownstone built in the late 1800s in Philadelphia PA. You thought this was what i needed you are wrong. Use roach killer since it is 99% pure boric acid and makes the math easy. And of course, I have tried the ant killer gel Terro that you can buy at Home Improvement stores which is pricey to say the least. Dip cotton balls in this sugary mixture and leave them in ant-infested areas. I sometimes have had a re infestation, presumably either a new nest or some that escaped the first round and started rebuilding their colony. On several occasions I have had large numbers of them show up in the house after eating lunch meat (roasted turkey breast in my case), which left a slight residue of the meat on the plate, which was left in the kitchen sink. I mixed about a teaspoon of borax with an egg and cooked it. Ants are going for it. The kill effectiveness is also complicated by how many other food sources the colony has access to. Carol. Peanut butter and jelly has also worked well for me and covers both protein and sugar in the one product. Indoors I have found that filling a common pump spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol and spraying it on the ants stops them dead in their tracks. Borax can be mixed with sugar to form a sweet poisonous mixture effective in exterminating ants. They’ll keep coming and they’ll keep finding your house. For some strange reason, they didn’t haveas much interest in the bait if it hadn’t been packed into the cap. i even put on pieces of bark and they were crawling all over. Nasty ants! Set a few traps surrounding your eating area and enjoy a meal without having to swat away annoying flying insects. You should mix it with sugar in order to attract and kill the ants by using the bait. If you want to kill the whole colony, you will probably have to use “Liquid borate products with a lower percentage of active ingredient (0.5 to 1.0% concentration in a sugar-water solution) […] although it may take several days to a week to see results and they need to be used in larger, refillable bait stations”. One is the smaller brown and the other the bigger black ants. To learn more about this recipe, click here. Baiting indoors only attracts more ants into your home. Don’t let an infestation like that go on long, especially if you see several flying ants inside your house and you know they didn’t fly in from outside. And sign up for pest service This method of ant control creates a mixture of a few ingredients which are combined to form a liquid ant killer bait, with the primary ingredient used to kill the ants being Borax. Never really noticed a problem outside, but wanted to cover all bases. and we have problems with fire ants . For the borax mix, I found that brown sugar works better than white. However, one downside to using DE is that it will not work to kill the entire ant colony, as it is not designed as a bait for ants to bring back to the queen. A general rule for baiting ants, is to keep the amount of boric acid powder/Borax, between 0.5% and 2% of the total bait mixture. From what I have read here I think my homemade solution and application will work. I find that every time we get a really big rain, ants are a problem in the house. They may be breeding inside your walls. Honeydew melon (heard they like that melon) with baking soda & borax: in both 3Tbsp/1tsp ratio & 4Tbsp/1tsp ratio. For this reason, people with pets should avoid using products around the home that contain borax. 3.) Originally I baited the ants with the powdered form, but the ants didn’t jump on it. Ants breath thru vents in their sides (I heard) and just a sprinkle of baby powder over their trail will deter them. Now try some others, like recycling EVERYTHING you can and using as little of everything as you can. Fingers crossed the scouts took enough back to the colony to wipe it out! Step 4 Close the jars and use the hammer and nail to make a few small holes in the lids. 2.) nests???? The ants absolutely went to town on the honey solution. Yes, Terro does state that it is toxic to pets. From my tests, it takes several days (about 4 or 5) for the ants to disappear completely. Thanks for adding them! Patience is key. ½ cup water; 1 cup sugar; 1 cup Borax (Box look like this) The steps are: Boil ½ cup of water (Wen need warm warm water). I see absolutely no ant mounds anywhere around the house. Already done that Carol. Sometimes when it has been very rainy they will show up again. Step 3 Add a small amount of peanut butter to each jar and mix it into the syrup. This bottle has a trigger a bit like an automatic gun. A big endorsement for sugar, water and borax. , Hi Elisha. I also put it out for the ants to see if they would like it, they didn’t. ( they are not moving ) or do they feed for several minutes? This is the correct recipe. Borax is toxic to bugs, plants and fungus. The Gardening Cook is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. but they do not die. haphazardly try equal parts. All of these mixtures are WAY too strong. So I mixed a 1/4 teaspoon of borax with about 3 teaspoons of cat food and 5 days later I am down to 1 or 2 ants in the house. This ration is 6:1 (sugar/Borax). They disappear soon enough. 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