The Borax ant killer formula

what-is-boraxWhat is Borax? “Borax is used in various household laundry and cleaning products, including the “20 Mule Team Borax” laundry booster and “Boraxo” powdered hand soap.”Wikipedia

How does Borax kill ants? The ants carry it back to their nests to share it with the other ants. When the ants actually start to eat the Borax, boric acid causes them to get really gassy (gas builds up inside their bodies).  Ants don’t get rid of gas like we do, so they eventually die because they can’t expel the gas.

Here’s the formula

  • Mix 1 cup white sugar, 3 tablespoons of Borax powder and 3 cups of water.
  • Stir the mixture until it’s a smooth paste (keep it in a jar).
  • When you’re ready to use it,  smear a few tablespoons of paste in a shallow dish.
  • Leave the dish where you’ve seen the ants.
  • They will find it.
  • Resist the urge to squish them all. Let them carry the poison back to the nest.

I’ve also heard of just adding a few tablespoons of Borax powder to jam or jelly and spreading it around on a dish or lid.

Please comment below and let me know if you’ve had any success with either of these.





Short answers to frequently asked questions at AntsInMyHouse.com

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why are there ants in my house They are looking for food.
how do ants get in the house They are very small.
does finding ants in my house mean i have a nest in my house No. They usually nest outside.
how long do ants live in a house They are usually just visiting. They will only stay as long as there is something to eat.
how to get rid of ants in basement Details here.
why do i attract ants Maybe you have something they want (like food).
why do ants come in house in spring Looking for food.
how long do ants live after eating borax and sugar They usually carry it back to the nest. It can take 2 or 3 days for it to work.
how many ants are in my house More than you can see.
how to find the queen ant in your house She’s not in your house. She’s in the nest in the yard.

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