How to Make a Homemade Ant Remedy With Borax

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You don't have to share your home with ants.
You don't have to share your home with ants. (Image: ants. image by mdb from Fotolia.com)

Ants can invite themselves into your home and make your life miserable if they get out of control. You can eradicate the pesky little critters by making a simple, homemade ant remedy. Sodium borate, or borax, is an ingredient in many popular ant remedies. The best way to keep ants out of your house is through preventive measures. Ants are attracted to food, especially sugars, proteins and water. Removing crumbs from cabinets, floors and other areas, as well as taking care of leaky faucets, will greatly help reduce uninvited ant guests in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Small plastic containers with secure lids
  • Ice pick
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Borax
  • Table sugar
  • Peanut butter

Gather enough clean, small plastic containers to place in areas around your home where ants enter. Empty margarine, cottage cheese and other similar containers with lids work well. With an ice pick or similar object, poke six holes around the top of each container, 1 inch below the top rim of the container. Be sure that the perforations are large enough to accommodate an ant.

Purchase a box of borax, and in a large mixing bowl, mix 1 cup of borax and 3 cups of sugar. This will make enough mixture to fill several ant traps.

Add water to this mixture and stir until the liquid becomes syrupy. Add 2 tsp. of peanut butter to the mixture and blend the mixture until the peanut butter is well incorporated.

Fill the plastic containers with the mixture to about one-half inch below the perforations you made around the tops. Place the filled traps in the areas where you have seen ants entering your home. You can also place them in areas outside the home, such as near a door.

Tips & Warnings

  • Borax is a toxic substance. Use caution when placing the traps in areas where a pet or child could open the container and ingest the mixture. Wrap electrical tape around the outside of the container, between the perforations, to discourage children from opening it.

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