Hi, I have read that any sugar combined with Borax gives some results. each. In general, ants avoided mixtures with too much Borax. HI Wayne, I bet they love it! As ants get attracted to the sweet smell and taste, you can use honey also. we’ve been so careful but they still seem to find a morsel. Carol. Ants eat for themselves and other ants. That was one combination I was surprized was not tried in the testing. I have also noticed for that Borax can be replaced with Baking Soda it does the same thing as Borax does , I have used both and both work very well for me. We bought a new doublewide in 94, lived in it for 6 years, then inherited the house next door. Ants went NUTS over both mixtures and after a few DAYS, were gone. What ants really want is a dinning table set with both food and water. I also keep my cats and dogs out of the room I’m applying it to, as suggested; the spray has to dry into crystals in order to become the barrier. 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. Sugar loving ants swarm around sweet baits like Terro. It’s great to know the access point. The colony contains up to tens of thousands of individuals or even more, and only when the queen gets sick and dies does the process come to an end … several days to a week, in part because unborn eggs will hatch for several days with a new supply as the queen fades away. A friend uses peppermint essential oil on cotton balls. This February I found active 1 foot mound, and a small barely active mound. I can’t imagine that the ants are growing. (8) Grease eating ants will rapidly SWARM around the poisoned Libby syrup. The next morning when he got up, he called us to his room. I don’t use the yard much, small – 40 x 60 feet- so a high percentage of ants per grass- my son complained about ants cutting the grass, I had no idea I sent him into an infestation of the aggressive biters and marked the mounds with sticks and mowed around piles very carefully in very tall boots. Next, add enough water to turn the mixture into a thick paste. Many homemade products do just as good a job as the retail products that you buy in stores. Hi Joe, I have not tried this myself but have heard that it does work well. So I won’t know the true end results as they are coming back out tomorrow requesting I remove all my concoctions (oils, borax, chalk etc). There is a lot of good information here. Studies show that some ant species are more likely to reject borax baits than boric acid … I want them to take it back to their queen. Boric acid and borax are both best known as low-toxicity pesticides used in homes. Ps did not use a cotton ball. Then simply stir the ingredients together to make sure they’re completely mixed. Penny. You will wipe out both types. I used a cinnamon trail to confine the ants to the area where the cat food was so they didn’t go looking for my pantry. After 48 hours, many of the ants returned. Carol. After reading this whole page, I got a “light bulb” moment (for me that is, maybe it’s obvious to you but not to me) which was that whatever YOUR ants are attracted to and chomping on in your home, use THAT as an attractant base. Other times, it’s just a sign of old age in the plant. Especially your descriptive verbiage: poisoned, kill, die, destroyed, starvation, slaughter, murder, genocide! Careful about impacting other animals too. Not sure what to suggest that would be a natural remedy for ants in the walls, but this page from Orkin talks about the problem. I quickly dissolved it in some hot water and they couldn’t resist. The first step is figuring out where the ants are entering your home. Hubby calls it “the heavenly hand grenade”. So far, very well, Carol. The Borax mixed with honey was the least effective test. Those may be “carpenter ants”. I think the colony (or colonies) are inside a wall somewhere. Went right to the wet version of sugar & borax one after the other. When ants eat the borax bait, it interferes with their digestive system and eventually kills them. Found a so called “miracle” ant killer on Amazon called Advion Ant Gel and ordered it. I need to know if this will work safely to remove the ants off of my rhubarb plants?? This is a tried and true recipe that I have used for years to control Argentine ants and other sugar feeding ants: 2 cups of sugar Would you like to be easily reminded of this post for Borax ant killers later? He used quite a bit of boric acid in his mixture too. The ant problem ultimately ends when the queen dies. That said, if you’re worried, put your baits inside a sturdy box with holes for ants near the floor. I doubt this would work on something this size. i think you mis understand how the borax works and the time frame for effective results. In the warmer months, ants enter the house looking for food and water. Sprinkle the borax over the meat Check for damp wood if the ants are large ones. alternative way to the jar. Carol. ???. The peppermint not only smells nice, but it works as a deterrent. I tried two combinations myself. The bait kills individual ants within 48 hours after they consume it. The things we loved about the neighbourhood have been tidied away, as this is a fact of the Imitation Bloomsberg Effect. Terro worked well, apparently killing many ants, but now they have stopped taking the Terro and there are still scouting ants, many less than before, but they keep scouting all around. Here’s some science on the topic from your friends at University of California, Riverside: http://urban.ucr.edu/docs/Argentine%20Ant/2000%20Klotz%20et%20al.%20Toxicity%20and%20Repellency%20of%20Borate-Sucrose%20.pdf. Thanks for sharing! Most recipes that call for Borax seem to call for an average of about 5:1 Sugar (or other bait) to Borax (ranging from about 2:1 to about 7:1), but for Boric Acid the mix ratio is typically much weaker, in the range of 1 – 5 percent (between 100:1 and 20:1 Bait to Boric Acid ratio). Place lunch meat in a microwave safe dish We are close to destroying our own “space capsule” earth for our own “comfort” and sustenance. It was interesting to see the different concoctions of borax for killing ants. place stones in reservoir arranged so the lid of the jar will rest somewhat evenly on them I put a twig as a ramp in these holes to make it easier for them to get in and out. There are two kind of ants – protein and sugar ants. This is also your safest deterrent with kiddies and pets to deal with. 1/2 cup sugar Simply mix vinegar and water 50/50 into a spray bottle … Still have to sweep them off the garage floor, but it totally stopped them from getting into the basement. Carol. I put a couple Terro traps in his window. When the queen dies, no more ants can be born: total genocide, and you win. It worked like a charm! Carol. This post may contain affiliate links. Eat protein Luckily, borax also effectively kills these colonies. haphazardly try equal parts. Pets are also at risk because of accidental exposure and the possibility that they might consume the product. Sugar ants are itty-bitty insects that you may not even notice if there are only one or two. Best of luck to you all. Terro Liquid Ant Bait is a sweet liquid containing sodium tetraborate decahydrate, better known as borax. 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. We were finding several dead in various areas. They are all the small ones and we have never seen any large carpenter ants or any other variety in here. I love it! Hope this lasts! Results; Fantastic, I had this new caravan and had noticed quite a few tiny black ants althrougout the van, they were appearing for quite some time. Great tips John. They disappear soon enough. Half a cup of sugar. Blend these two ingredients together until you have no more lumps. Never really noticed a problem outside, but wanted to cover all bases. They’ll keep coming and they’ll keep finding your house. My Wife got a 4oz squeeze bottle from the dollar store at the health and beauty department and one full bottle should last all summer. I am one who leaves no food out & counters washed after every single use. In my experience, no matter what you do to treat for ants, at some point, they will be back, so applications will need to be treated. Gawd I love this site…Thank you SO much Carol! wish me luck and thanks for that good recipe! It is not an easy one application fix like so many people look for today and did require staying on top of the sweeping and mopping at each meal and snack time and deceasing the easily available food supply in that way. You would think after this long, they would all be gone. “At least I will get the kitchen clean for a while” I thought. From what I have read, these ants are called Pharoh ants. I’ve read on the internet that this kills them as well. It’s already working!!! Only. eat them) and leave the greasy syrup. I got excited over their appetite and quickly put more out the next morning. To be clear, the winning formula was 1 Tablespoon berry jam + 1/16 teaspoon boric acid powder mixed thoroughly together. Thanks! Identification. I will pull out the borax & sugar first sign of any future invasions. Also, the test photos don’t show #2 a “close second”. ALL of these methods are much easier if you use a mason jar with a lid and just shake it. 2 T. Borax, I soaked an old, cut-up sock in the liquid mixture (it was almost a syrup, having put in less water than I have before) and set that out… and I put out a teaspoon of peanut butter. Worker ants will consume the borax bait and bring it back to the colony for the other ants to eat. The idea is for the ants to eat … fill the jar with whatever you think, or your research indicates what ratio of sugar to borax you choose. During that time, an exposed ant carries the bait back to the nest and spreads it to other ants… Thanks for your comments. This sounds in line with what many others have said about trying to stay around 1%. I had taken precautions to prevent such a thing but what are chances darn cat would eat Ant ??! Neither attracted many ants even when the baits were left for several days. Carol. They have a supply route and now I know where they are getting in the house. I don’t think there’s really any need to get any more complicated than that, but who knows, I suppose maybe some people have picky ants or something , I’m trying the peanut butter borax mix which worked good but was developing the hard crust .. tried adding a little shortening to it to see if it keeps it from crusting over and maybe attracts even more .. fingers crossed .. Brent and Diane, Glad to hear it worked for you Brent. Your article was helpful. I did this so I could see if any ants had visited the bait. if it is not effective try a different ratio. You can often find it at farm feed stores. I have heard that people have great success outside with borax and sugar too. Per the researchers, Terro uses about 5.4% concentration. 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. A month after tenant moves in, she mentioned finding ants in kitchen from time to time so she sat out bait traps too. Sparing the indigenous ants will help keep the ecosystem balanced. Then I thinned the mixture and sprayed outside near windows, door and anyplace that looked like the ants were gathered. However it is not entirely harmless – One could use more sugar though, to make it less runny if needed, or even add some flour or potato starch. It turned out, in all of my tests, that the weaker concentrations of Borax worked better than strong ones. Watch risks to bees. I am sure that it would beat even your terro bait. As I write this, it’s been roughly 72 hours this the baits were first laid out. And seeing Daniel’s post above convinced me even more. The blob of honey on the index card looked like an island harbor, and the ants were like little boats docked there probably over 75 at a time. If you find dead ants around the bait mixture, decrease the amount of borax. (5) Add a teaspoon of borax. Gratitude that this is the sort of irritating thing that we can discuss here, instead of being in some awful, war-torn place where just trying to get firewood is a life threatening act and invasive ants seem like a vision of a life to be envied! It was not completely out of control maybe however they were pretty steady in my kitchen and although the children loved gently capturing them and releasing them, it was truly not a productive way to take care of the problem. Combine the sugar, Borax and water in a saucepan on the stove. I use 4 oz. Several years & this year was the worst. Hope it works for you. 8 teaspoons of boric acid powder (or borax). I want to make baits that will last for years before refilling. I’ll let you all know if the Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth works. Then to be extra careful, determined person that I am, I also took some of the children’s sidewalk chalk, ground that up fine, added peppermint essential oil and used it to deter them from trying to enter the house by placing a thick line of it blocking their point of entry. I treated a huge mound of black ants with bleach and a couple days later I tried to find them and my foot sank in the ground up to my ankle. Hi Brittany, I have not had a repeat of mine since last summer. I have had other readers comment on mixing it with protein instead of something sweet as well. Hi Chlaire. So, I was listening to an ant specialist on NPR some years back and he said some things that may be of help/interest. If you find ants in your home or yard, you now know how you can use borax to make liquid and solid baits to attract ants and ultimately kill the colony. if its working properly it should take 4 to 5 days . Doing my best to DIY to get rid of these buggers. If I moved a container of plants, they would swarm out, to my complete shudders of horror! Good results with Borax, sugar and water in Quebec. Tip 2: Sprinkling of black pepper on the ground so that to deter ants from crossing into your homestead, this will definitely not harm your pets. I run a small home preschool and moved into this place 3 years ago to discover an ant problem. You can find it in cosmetics, toothpastes, soaps, weed killers, and it’s most often used as an alternative to harsh laundry detergents. Another recipe to try, calls for three parts sugar for every one part borax. Whichever method you use,  make sure that you put the bait directly in their path. Originally I baited the ants with the powdered form, but the ants didn’t jump on it. No matter how good the solution recipe you guys have to understand you’ll never completely get rid of them just like any other bugs outside. There was no substantial difference between 0.5% and 1% concentration. I add grits (tried rice but thought I should’ve used food processor to make it smaller) to powdered sugar and borax. Perhaps they’d already taken it in and were just roaming around somewhat aimlessly, not knowing how to ‘go home’? So glad to hear about your experience with the traps. . I find that within 2 weeks, it is difficult to find any ants around my home. Wait. One gentleman mentioned pavement/concrete ants above. This should be done after all the ants have been killed and not before. Remove from heat and stir in sugar until completely dissovled. My sense is that you used Way too little borax in your sugar/borax/water mixture. Also, the ants may return in future. The imported fire ant is actually on the list of invasive pests identified by the US Department of Agriculture and the last thing you will want to do is get them in your house! From what I’m reading here for outdoor baits, the sugar, water & borax mixture dries up in a short time and the ants can’t get at it. One product that I’ve used, which is nasty, poisonous and sooo much fun, is Raid Max Bug Barrier. These methods are meant for use mainly indoors around counters and the like. The ants, after gathering borax mixed sugar (or peanut butter) carry the baits to their nests, which will again kill the remaining ants. They train us. I have 6 mostly wooded acres. It might be good to try and treat the colony outside? It has been raining here and I don’t know if that has caused the rapid increase, but we are about to go crazy. It was interesting to see the different concoctions of borax for killing ants. I tested five different ant killers but this one was by far the most effective compared to Terro. I mix up pancake syrup and pour it in an old beer can that’s rinsed out well then lie it under bushes along my house. 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. I decided that I had too much Borax in the mix and have figured out that it is pretty clear the ants will not eat it if it is too strong, so I added more honey but they still had no interest in it. Hi Ken. I read all the comments and decided on using at mix of regular sugar, measuring out 100 grams, then weighed 1 gram of Borax, mind you when weighing the borax ( a small amount, my scales being digital jumped between 1 to 2 grams, so not sure how accurate it was) but I was trying to get 1% of Borax. Dealing with Odorous ants. Thank you! I use it indoors and outdoors. Carol. Hi Deb. We have the tiny ones here around my house. For example, add 1 cup of boric acid to 10 cups of … Thanks for adding them! All of these mixtures are WAY too strong. & all the replies I chose to try the dry mixture of sugar & borax, wet/liquid version (3 tbs of granulated sugar to 1 tbs of borax) & peanut butter version. Within a few hours, they were lined up side to side all around this stuff eating it up. This could be the solution for long lasting outdoor baits. Borax to preserve flowers from my garden. The honey test formed a skin on the surface, and the peanut butter got somewhat hard. It only takes a few minutes to get rid of ants and insure a season free of ant … Thanks for sharing it with us! (I too love PB, and I would hate to waste it! Over a period of several days, the poisoned food eventually is spread to every member of a colony. The ants were literally in a feeding frenzy all day long. Your email address will not be published. I used 8 oz. I leave in tx. Hi Andre. ( they are not moving ) or do they feed for several minutes? The MAGIC ingredient is FAT. 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