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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Homemade Ant Killer

I'm a push over, and I let my dad eat at a TV table.  He either eats out on the screen porch or in the dining room but from his recliner.  He has vision problems, so sometimes seeing what he is eating is a challenge.  More often than not, he gets crumbs on the floor.  That's ok, I can vacuum them up.  Lately however, he has been eating a lot of fruit.  What ever he eats usually has sugar on it.  He likes everything sweet.  Even cantaloupe has a couple spoons of sugar on it,  as well as his morning oatmeal.  When he is finished, he sets the bowl aside until I come to get it or he brings it to the sink.  The last week or so, his empty bowl has little ants in it.  I sprayed the outside of the porch with Home Defense, but the ants continued to feast on the left over sweetness.  Then I remembered printing out a homemade natural ant killer recipe.  Amazingly enough, I was able to locate it without a problem.  I mixed some up and set it out in little jar lids on the porch.  The ants found it right away and by the next morning they were gone.  It was amazing and I haven't seen any in his empty dishes for several days.  Then last night I saw some crawling around in the dining room.  They discovered the cookie crumbs on the floor.  I put another little jar cover down with the ant killer in it.  I couldn't sleep last night so I got up.  I noticed the cover was full of ants.  They were eating like crazy.  Then this morning, they were all gone except for the ones who became stuck permanently. 

Homemade Natural Ant Killer

Combine 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of Borax.  Bring it to a boil and boil for about three minutes.  I then poured it into 6 lids from small jars.  I set them around in the spots I saw the ants.  It really works.  It probably isn't great for pets or kids, but it isn't enough to really hurt like poison is.

Jar lid with the homemade ant killer on our porch.

I don't know where this recipe originated from.  I first saw it in April of 2012 at http://www.stacymakescents.com and then again a year later on a blog I follow called http://www.creeklinehouse.com  I figure if they both posted it, it must work and it does.