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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Very Best Homemade DIY Ant Killer


I don't know about you, but around this time every year, I seem to get ants popping up around the house. Sometimes there are a whole bunch of them, sometimes it's just a few, but they always show up. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that this is an old house and there are probably lots of little holes in the walls for them to get through. This easy homemade ant killing solution has been just the ticket to solve this pest problem for me.

This year, I've only seen a few in my bathroom. Last year though, our living room was practically taken over all of a sudden. Someone must have dropped a piece of cookie one day and that was it. They were coming from a corner of the room and no amount of cleaning or squashing could keep them from coming back. For some reason, I just can never bring myself to put out those scary poisonous-looking ant traps that you can buy in stores. They freak me out, so I've always just kind of suffered with ants and tried to squish them as I saw them. Then I discovered this magical little recipe and they were gone within 24 hours. Completely. And they haven't been back to the living room this year either.


It's so simple but so powerful.

You'll need:

1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water
1 Tablespoon of Borax.


Mix it all together and you're ready to take action!

If you have pets or kids, you'll want to keep the solution away from them. One idea is to put it in an old plastic container with holes poked in the lid for the ants to get in and put a little bit of plain sugar water (no Borax) outside of the container to lure the ants over.

Since we still have these old peel 'n stick floors here's what I do:


I pour a little puddle of the killing juice on the floor...


Then I take an old tupperware lid and place it over top. I propped it up with a little piece of chalk to give the ants enough room to get in.

However you set up your solution, you'll want to place it right where you previously saw the ants walking to be sure they find it. Once they do, they'll go get all their buddies and they'll all carry it back to the nest. Everyone will party and have a big feast and then they'll die.

OK, now it's sounding really mean and cruel, but trust me, you'll be glad you won't be worrying about ants again this year!


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48 comments:

Elle said...

Awsome Idea Courtney, love all the million uses for borax, I'll defiantly use this trick on the ants thanks. The hubs is a big fishermen and uses borax to make his bait , he's never happy when I find new uses for this stuff, lol

April S. said...

We have the same problem every year - usually just in the spring. Now we have a tree next to the house that seems to be horribly infested and I've had a couple in the house. I plan to hang a milk jug with some of this mix in the tree where they can get to it but the kids and pets can't. That way the ants are killed off instead of spraying the tree and having them make their way to the house.

Barbara said...

I am going to tell my sis about this since she has so much trouble with ants - thanks for the tip!

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Christi Bloomer said...

This sounds awesome! Do you know if the Borax kills the grass (just in case I want to do this outside)?

Christi Bloomer said...

This is awesome! Do you know if this kills the grass, as we have tons of ants outside?

Debbiedoo's said...

This is awesome Courtney! thanks for sharing, I will bookmark for my husband to see..I hate ants:)

Amanda said...

Awesome idea! We also have an ant problem, but we can't put down traditional ant traps because they usually contain peanut butter and we have an allergy in our house. This is a great alternative. Thanks for sharing!

Gwendolyn Whitfield said...

Man, in GA, we had stupid FIRE ants and it was HORRIBLE!

They're not so bad here, but now I know what to do if they come marching!

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

i was kinda hopin' for a picture of all the dead ants! lol! great post!

Dawn said...

Omigosh, we have ants everywhere lately!! I so need this! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try it because the stuff we got at the hardware store does nothing. :)

Gretchen said...

ooh, thanks for the tip! We have a major ant problem, but outside....I'm guessing it would still work, though.

Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com said...

I just recently used a similar solution although I left a few soaked cotton balls on the counter instead of the puddle. Worked like a charm! I love the idea of the covered tupperware so you don't have to look at all the ants!

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Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love this idea, thank you! GOing to give it a try :)

jackie said...

Wish I'd known this a couple of years ago when I had a huge infestation in my rec room. The boys left some freezie wrappers down there, and once the ants found their way in, they just kept coming. It was awful! For your reader who asked about borax killing the grass, yes it will! It will stay in the soil apparently, and new grass won't grow back (google it). I washed my boys' hockey equipment in a mix of borax and water, and dumped it into the lawn, and a couple of weeks later that grass was super dead. It's come back in that spot (almost). I guess I was lucky because it was so watered down.

Amy said...

I am trying this right now. i have heard other people are having new ant trouble this year like my mom. I have lived in my house 14yrs never had Ants until this year. It's crazy how bad they are sprayed bug spray outside we can't inside. One of my dogs has been acting funny it's either the ants or we have a ghost I don't see ants on their food but she gets jumpy when she gets near the bowl of food or water and our cat acts like she is stalking a mouse.

Julie redheadcandecorate.com said...

Here little anties anties..come to mama....INNOVATIVE!

Anonymous said...

In south Mississippi, we used instant grits, found in the cereal aisle. Fire ants are awful. now kids like to watch the ants take it back to their home. just pour out a couple tablespoons of package where you see the ants. and watch them take it away.

Anonymous said...

A good follow up to that combo is leave small bottle caps with ground Cinnamon in corners or cabinets, or near windows, they don't like the Cinnamon!!

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said...

Thanks for linking up to the Summer Inspiration Party Court! Here in NC summer=ants so this is crazy useful!!

Connie said...

I made this recipe and it WORKED! The hard part is you have to leave the ants alone and let them feast.. I must have had 300+ ants all over the lid I used.... I was so grossed out.... I went to bed and was fearful to look in the morning...ALL GONE! Still gone 4 weeks later! It is a miracle!!!

Mary K said...

I made this last night, and the ants went nuts for it. There are already less of them today!

Primlish ♥ said...

Just tried this...looks like it may work. Thanks so much for the tip!

Anonymous said...

does it work for fire ants

April Flynn said...

you could also just mix the borax or boric acid powder with some sugar (no water). Any kind of sugar will work. I do this out in front of my house where the little buggers come in. But I also know do to the tiered landscaping that my kids will not come into contact with it.

ChrisW said...

I mixed icing sugar with the borax 1:1 no water. sprinkled it on the lawn one time as it was just infested with winged ants. They were all gone the next day. Had no trouble with killing with it killing the lawn. Have used this also in the house. It really works! I had a newpaper clipping given to me from my husband's gramma and that is how I knew about it.

Dex said...

Have you ever tried diatomaceous earth? Kids and pets can eat it and its probably healthy for them, but it kills insects physically and not chemically. Whenever I see ants around the outside of my house I take a spoon full at a time and scrape it along the edge of the house. A few hours later, not an ant in sight. This week they found a way inside. I put it wherever I saw them, left it for a few hours and cleaned it up. Haven't seen them since.

Anonymous said...

Trying this tonight, been having a huge problem this year! Hope this works like it says.

Anonymous said...

I have made it and set it out this afternoon and the ants are all over it. Hope to kill all the little "bugger" real soon!!!

Cathy said...

Ugh...I just had one of the little buggers skeeter across my laptop screen while I was reading the article. They all MUST DIEEEE! Ahem...Going out to get Borax right now. Thanks for the info. :)

Anonymous said...

This works great on "sugar" ants but not so well on the so-called "protein" ants, which go after meat and fats.

Anonymous said...

So I tried this and put the mixture on the ground outside where they were coming into my house and also in little bitty plastic cups where i've been seeing them. NOW THERE ARE TONS OF THEM!! Is this normal? How long does it usually take? It's freaking me out lol. There's alot dead in the cup too. Maybe they just got stuck in there.

Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

To Anonymous and Anonymous. :)

1) I've heard of these "protein ants" but I don't think we have them around here, so I've never experienced them myself. I have heard of people mixing borax with a little ground beef, but I would just prefer to try the sugar method first because it's a little less gross. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

2) I had TONS of ants come after the stuff at first too. They love it!!! They tell all their little friends and family members to come and get it and then they all follow the trail back home and feed it to the whole colony. Then they die. It should take 24-48 hours max! Let me know if they last longer. We'll figure something out. :)

Anonymous said...

I had ants all over my counters and sink. I have two very curious cats and borax can be poisonous to them. I read somewhere that they hate the smell of Dawn dish washing liquid. I took some of my multipurpose cleaner with vinegar and Dawn and sprayed it all over the counters and on the floor trails that the ants were using. The next day they were gone, and I have not seen them since. That was two weeks ago. This is an alternative to those who have small children and pets who do not want to use borax.

Christie R. said...

We've been dealing with "sugar" ants since we moved into our rental. (Landlord said there was nothing he could do. yeah, thanks) so, I'm tired of chasing the ants around with vinegar spray to in an attempt to clear the trail. Wish me luck with the borax(which I'll be mixing with Jelly) Also, I have read elsewhere that if you have "protein" ants, use peanut butter in place of the sugar. It's all worth a try! Thanks for the tip!

Young NASA Wife said...

Giving this a try! In Florida I feel like I'm always battling ants. Even more when it rains. thanks for sharing!

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Anonymous said...

I had the tiny ones invading my dishwasher (ew), I put the solution on some big cotton balls and put 3-4 in the bottom. Took about a week for them to disappear totally, but haven't seen any since. I keep a small jar of the mix, but so far haven't needed any.

Anonymous said...

I live in southeast Missouri in a farmhouse. Ants are TERRIBLE!! they have invaded my kitchen! Ughhhh! I'm putting this solution out today and see what happens! Me and my boyfriend have tried spray from the store and it didn't help! I just want the feeling of ants crawling all over me gone! Ick!

Anonymous said...

This really works! Must try it!

Anonymous said...

This really works! Must try it!

Deborah Costigan said...

YOUR HOME IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE AREA YOU LIVE IN MUCH LIKE WHERE I LIVE IN MN. INCLUDING THE ANTS. LOVE YOUR BLOG. KEEP IT COMING!

Deborah Costigan said...

The area you live in is much like MN where we have the same ant problems. Thanks for the suggestion. Worked for more than ants.
Love your BLOG. Deb, crafting and saving day and night.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if this will work on Carpenter Ants?

Danie Schutte said...

Really need to try this, just one question will boric acid work aswell, currently I don't have borax in the house

Danie Schutte said...

Can you tell me if boric acid will work, currently I don't have borax in the house

Anonymous said...

I had these little buggers coming into my new home taking up residence in the dog's food bowl, on the counter, etc. I mixed borax with peanut butter and jelly and within 3 days they were all dead and gone.

deblyn said...

I always use boric acid with the sugar and water. Boric acid is also good for the cracks at the back of your cabinets where they come in. Also works for yucky cockroaches.

Anonymous said...

Is borax the same thing as boric acid?

esorami said...

How long will this mixture be effective? I mixed it up last year in a quart jar and still have some left over.