Home Remedy for Sugar Ants

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Control sugar ants with bait traps.
Control sugar ants with bait traps. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Chemical insecticide sprays are toxic to humans and are ineffective in solving ant problems -- the chemicals only kill the ants that are sprayed, not the whole colony. According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, bait traps are the most effective way to get rid of sugar ant colonies in your home. You can make your own bait traps using common household foods and materials. Ants will take treated food back to their colonies, destroying the queen and solving your ant problem.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 oz. jar of mint or mint apple jelly
  • Empty squeeze bottle with an applicator tip
  • Masking tape
  • Pan
  • 2 tbsp. boric acid

Pour jelly into an empty squeeze bottle.

Set out strips of masking tape every 15 to 20 feet around your house.

Squeeze a line of jelly onto each strip of masking tape. You will use the jelly tape to assess the sites in your home where ants are most active. Later, you will place poisonous traps at the most active sites.

Count the number of ants on each strip of tape after two hours. Throw out any pieces of tape with fewer than 10 ants. Take note of the pieces of tape with 10 or more ants. You will replace the jelly tape at these sites with toxic bait.

Transfer your jelly to a pan and heat it until it melts.

Add the boric acid and stir until dissolved.

Transfer the mixture to an empty squeeze bottle after it has cooled.

Set out strips of masking tape at sites with heavy ant activity.

Squeeze a line of the toxic jelly onto the masking tape. Ants will take the treated jelly back to their colonies.

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