Is Borax an Ant Killer?


Ants are both a friend and foe in your home. Ant colonies can kill and eradicate your home from termites but are a nuisance to have in your kitchen. You can kill ants with a homemade remedy of Borax and sugar.

Borax Definition

  • Borax is a natural substance that is environmentally safe. It is used in cleaners, makeup, insulation products and pesticides.


  • Ants are attracted to sugars and proteins. In order to kill ants, you will need to lure them to the solution that will kill them.

Borax and Sugar

  • Mix Borax with sugar (or honey) to attract and kill ants. You should you a 3:1 solution of Borax to sugar.

Killing the Colony

  • Ants take food back to feed the colony. You will kill ants that ingest the food along the way and poison the colony with the food brought back.


  • While Borax is environmentally safe and used in many household products including being used as a salt replacement, it should not be consumed in large quantities. Should you be concerned about Borax ingestion, consult your doctor or poison control center.

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