It happens every year like clockwork. Every June, we get invaded with ants. I’m sure it has to do with the weather, and the fact that the children home for the summer provide more than ample meals for our six-legged friends.
Ants don’t gross me out too much, but when your kids complain that the ants “tickle” and you find ants crawling on your actual skin, your bathroom sink, and your living room walls, it’s time for action. Last summer, I made half-hearted attempts until we left for summer vacation. I felt like if I put down enough chemicals and we left the house for the week (no new food on the carpet), the problem would take care of itself. I was right, and the rest of the summer was ant-free.
This year, the invasion happened earlier, it’s more intense, and our vacation is several weeks later than last year’s. I needed a new plan. This week, I Googled homemade ant killer, because it seemed like my can of Raid wasn’t really making a dent. I came across this recipe on creeklinehouse.com, and I have to say, so far, so good. I mixed the Borax, sugar and water together, and put it on several surfaces around the house. We left to go about our day, and we returned a few hours later, we saw results.
Ants were clustered all around the trays and puddles we had set out, and ants on other surfaces were significantly less. I’m hoping as news spreads through the ant kingdom, they will all want a piece of this magic juice and our problem will be taken care of in short order.
3 replies on “We Try It: Homemade Ant Killer”
I tried this with kind of mixed results. I might have gotten the formula wrong though. Then again, I hear there are two kinds of ants. This formula works for sugar loving ants and I think you’re supposed to use peanut butter if you have grease loving ants. Yay for the long, cold winter! The ants seem to be giving us a break this year.
I’ve used this before, and it works like a charm. For the ants on our porch and in our back yard, I added extra incentive for them to colonize away from the house by setting up non-poisonous sugar water in our garden and bushes.
Good timing! We just found ants in the kitchen 15 mins ago!