Ants give me the heebie jeebies. We never had problems with ants inside until last year. I called Barry at work in a panic. “WE HAVE ANTS! COME HOME NOW!” Of course, he didn’t. My mom uses Terro for ants, so I was familiar with it. Barry and I used a recipe for homemade Terro that we found on the internet.
Fast forward a few years, having kids who are always running around everywhere, I wanted to be more careful. We don’t want to use lots of chemicals in our home, so we made another concoction from stuff we had here to get rid of the little devils. And like sometimes happens with homemade remedies…
It didn’t work.
Not the first recipe… or the second. Every recipe I tried was a dud. The ants were still here. I still had the heebie jeebies. I had tried the more natural route here, and it just wasn’t successful. And I’m okay with that.
But this Homemade Ant Killer that we make using Borax really works! You just mix up a few ingredients in a saucepan. Put it where you KNOW the ants will be. And the ants will eat the bait, take it back to the queen and they’ll die. It won’t happen instantly – it might take a day or two. Think crock-pot versus microwave ant killing method.
One thing to note: Borax is NOT child or pet friendly.
The FDA says Borax is safe, unless ingested in LARGE amounts. So, please wash your pan with hot water and soap – and don’t serve Borax for dinner. I put the mixture down when I knew we were going to be gone all day. And I leave it down all night while we sleep. If we are home for the day, I put the jar lids out during the kids nap or outdoor play times and at night again. Within a few days… Presto! It worked!
Don’t mess with me, ants.
Homemade Ant Killer
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Borax
½ cup water in a saucepan
Combine the sugar, water, and Borax in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for three minutes. Let it cool completely. It will thicken as it cools.
Before you put ant killer down, you need to clean the ant area to remove the trail left by the ants. I use Young Living’s Thieves Cleaner to clean my entire house because it’s super safe and also very effective!
Place the cooled ant killer into short jar lids – so that the ants can crawl over the side. Then place the lid where you know the ants are.
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Here’s a few Homemade Ant Killer Testimonials:
- I know this works! Every spring, I mix up a batch of “Auntie Val’s Bug Juice” using the same ingredients and put it in empty yogurt containers near our doors, both inside and outside. Within a few days, ants are gone! –Valerie
- We live in an area that is infested with sugar ants. From the very first summer we moved in, we had a huge problem. They were everywhere. We’ve tried expensive sprays, those ant baits, powders, bay leaves, everything and nothing worked. Every spring they just kept coming back and we just dealt with them until the fall. Stacy told me about the terro ant bait she had been using. I gave it a shot and we are ant free. I decided not to even wait on them this year. I’ve already made it and have them set up where I know the ants come into the house. Thank you Stacy! –Amanda from Spinning Yarns and Other Things
- A review at Pocket Pause.
Tip from reader Pat Jarvis:
My son came up with a good idea for distributing the Borax/sugar ant bait. Put the prepared “syrup” in an empty soda pop can, lay it on its side with the opening at the ground. The dogs and other animals can’t get to it. Little kids might still be a problem, as they are with a lot of things and need to be watched, but at least I won’t poison the animals. If it’s windy they will blow away (we get a lot of wind), so I just dented them in and put a rock on top. The weight of the syrup in the can seems to keep them laying on the right side.