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Friday, June 19, 2009

Homemade Sugar Ant Trap

A neighbor of mine used this with success, and my honey in the pantry is being attacked, so I set out the bait last Friday.

Mix (mix it with something disposable that you will not be eating off later)

1 teaspoon syrup (or honey)
with 2/3 teaspoons borax (put don't use your cooking measurers, just eyeball it. If the ants ignore your bait your tipped them off by putting in too much borax)

Place in a little plastic lid (the lids off things the recycling place won't take anyway), not something you will eat off of later.

Place it near the parade of ants. The ants will swarm to the easy access food but not notice the borax and they will take the unsuspecting food home, feed it to all and poof! There goes the colony.

This should not be ingested by people or animals you want to keep, keep out of reach of children and pets.


Sewing-Chick said...

Thanks for the tip! I wish you had posted this a few months ago when we had an ant infestation in the kitchen.

I have a tip for people with infestations of fruit flies: take a butter tub (cleaned out of course), and put some apple cider vinegar in it. Cover it with saran wrap, and then poke some small holes in the saran wrap. The fruit flies can get it, but can't figure how to get out. We've used this trick successfully several times!

Anna said...

Another suggestion is to put this "tasty food" outside or someplace away from your pantry/food area, this way they won't be walking all over the counter and your food.

LizzieK8 said...

For roaches, mix cocoa, flour and/or powdered sugar with baking soda. Spread in the back of cupboards, behind appliances, etc. The soda mixes with the digestive acids, creates a gas, and fortunately for us, roaches can't eliminate gas, so they kind of expand beyond the capacity for their bodies to hold it in.

Anonymous said...

do you mean to say in other words, the roaches explode!? lol