How to Make Your Own Ant Gel Bait


Ants are an annoying pest and can be very difficult to eliminate. Most people will reach for the nearest ant spray, but that is not as efficient as gel bait when it comes to destroying the entire colony and ending the ant problem. Ant spray works on contact and kills the ants where they stand, but bait gel must be ingested, works slowly and can be brought back to the nest and fed to the entire colony. Gel bait can be purchased and it can also be made at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Masking tape
  • Mint jelly
  • Boric acid
  • Plastic squeeze bottle
  • Tape small strips of masking tape in areas where you have seen ants. Apply a small amount of untreated mint jelly (the size of a pencil eraser) on the tape strips and wait for about two hours.

  • While you are waiting, mix 10 tbsp. of mint jelly with 3/4 tbsp. of boric acid. Place inside the squeeze bottle so it is easy to apply.

  • Check the tape and jelly strips you had previously placed. If you find ants at a particular feeding station, replace it with new tape and the new bait mixture. For stations that have no ants, remove the tape and jelly and move on to the next station.

  • Over the next week or so, check and replace the stations as needed. The entire ant colony should be destroyed within a couple of weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Larger ants such as carpenter ants prefer grease and protein. For these types of ants, substitute 6 tbsp. of honey and 4 tbsp. of peanut butter for the jelly.
  • Avoid inhaling the dust when handling the boric acid as this can be harmful.

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