What 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 1/2 cup white sugar, 3 tablespoons of Borax powder and just enough water to make a paste.
- Stir the mixture until it’s a smooth paste (keep it in a jar).
- When you’re ready to use it, smear a few teaspoons 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.