Store bought ant killers and pest control services can be expensive and toxic. Save money by making your own. This page has lots of green ideas for killing ants at home. These include borax, diatomaceous earth, boiling water and more. Just scroll down to read all the helpful feedback.
I am looking for a recipe for an indoor ant killer.
Equal parts sugar and 20 Mule Team Borax in a bottle cap with enough water to mix to a running paste has them lining up. Put it in the ant run--they like edges and shadows. This also seems to work on other creepy-crawlies. I tried it and all problems just disappeared from a 50 year old farm house. It does take a couple of days though.
Dry corn meal sprinkled where you see them. They were coming up through the edge of the carpet and tile and I lefted the corner of the carpet enough to see them coming through a tiny hole. I put a small amount ( less than 1/2 teaspoon) of corn meal on the tile and brushed it into the hole and carpet. It only took that one time and they have not come back in months now. I don't know why it works but it did for me. GG Vi
I read the hint about sweet and low on Thrifty Fun a month or two ago as I have a problem every spring with ants coming into my kitchen. I sprinkled two packages of sweet and low in the in front and in sill of the window they were coming in and have not seen any ants since.
I mix equal parts vinegar and water and put in a spray bottle (be sure to label it!!) Ants will not come anywhere near where it has been sprayed. And it is safe around pets, kids, and environment.
I have also used cornmeal outside around the foundation of the house if spring; and I see no ants in the vicinity all summer!!!
If you find that you are being invaded by those small ants, or even the larger ones, don't run to the store for ant killer, just run to your laundry room and get the commercial spray that you use for removing stains. Just spray it on them and on their trail and you will be rid of them in no time and it is not toxic to your kids and pets. The stain removal product contains borax and that is what kills the ants.
Donna from Oregon
How can I make ant killer spray using household products?
By Chad from Sacramento CA
I tried nearly every product on the market to get rid of ants that made hills in cracks on my garage floor. The ants actually caused my garage floor to heave because they burrowed deep into the cracks and made hills. Finally, I discovered that cinnamon was a miracle. I sprinkled it heavily on the hills. Ants were gone completely in about 3 weeks, but definitely saw a difference in one week. I repeated every 2 months during summer. Then only needed it twice a year for the next year and now I use it once a year as a preventive. Plus the garage smells great! This is the best thing ever. Worked on red ants and black ants that I know of. Make sure you know where they are coming from and sprinkle there.
Cornmeal sprinkled on the mounds works great. They carry it back to the mound, eat it, it swells in their stomachs and they die. Just another option that really works.
Artificial sweeteners are fantastic ant killers- in fact, that's what the original intent was, when they were discovered (completely by accident- yeah, I'm serious, look it up!) to be sweet in flavor. Pour a few packets of the generic version of the stuff in the areas that the ants are frequenting, and watch 'em disappear. I've had great luck with both the kind that comes in the pink, and the blue, packets (aspartame and saccharine). It's cheap, it works, and it won't kill your pets or your kids. At least, unless they eat a whole box of the stuff. Good luck! :o)
When we lived in Texas, I discovered that soapy water was the most effective tool against fire ant mounds. I used one gallon (recycled milk jug) of hot water and added about a teaspoon of dish liquid. Pour over the mound and it will be gone within 24 hours!
For indoors, I just wipe up lines of ants with a soapy dish cloth, then find the source and - you guessed it - give them all a soapy bath!
In desperation, I tried the cinnamon yesterday around the perimeter of my porch. It worked like a charm! Within a couple hours, they were totally gone from the front porch. The two lines we had watched entering we actually watched turning around and heading the other way!
What does boric acid syrup and water mixed together do to the ants when consumed and taken back to colony? Thanks.
By Randy D.
It kills them. Boric acid attacks the central nervous system.
Apparently you have never been exposed to fire ants!!! They are not beneficial!
Which is best? Killing the ants or them killing you? There are people DEATHLY ALLERGIC to any kind of insect sting. And ants and bees/wasps are the worst of them all.
When the ants get into bed with you and start biting either I leave home or the ants have to go!
The borax is a salt and when the ants take it back to their nest it is given to the youngsters. Their exoskeletons crack and therefore they die.
Do any of the non poison remedies work for getting rid of black ants?
By Eunice P.
I have good luck with diatomaceous earth, but you have to be on them constantly with it. It needs to be reapplied after every rain. It is just ground up sea shells, basically, and it shreds their exoskeletons. It is harmless to people or pets, even if ingested (such as your cat walks in it and then washes her paws).
DIATOMACEOUS EARTH COMES FROM DIATOMS. THEY ARE ALGAE FOUND IN THE OCEAN WITH EXOSKELETONS. I USED IT OUTSIDE FOR STINKBUGS, SUCCESSFULLY. IT IS GREAT FOR ROACHES AND OTHER BUG. IF IT GETS INTO THEM IT WILL CAUSE THEM TO BECOME DESICCATED AND DIE.
Try blending orange peels and water. Pour the 'smoothie' down the ant hole. (06/30/2006)
If the ants are in your house, spread mothballs around the foundation. I do this every spring and seldom have a problem, and if I do, it goes away real quick. (06/30/2006)
I just got one myself so we can try it together. You use 4 oz. of each; peanut butter, sugar, and boric acid. Blend well and place it in the ants path to where they are gathering. The person said it takes a couple of times, but that it works great. (07/01/2006)
Buy some 20 Mule Team Borax (not Borateem) on the laundry shelve of your local grocery. Sprinkle it along their path and around your house close to the foundation. Use the rest in your laundry! (07/09/2006)
Mix equal parts powdered sugar and Borax and spread around baseboards, or wherever the ants are traveling. Works every time. (07/10/2006)
I tried nearly every product on the market to get rid of ants that made hills in cracks on my garage floor. The ants actually caused my garage floor to heave because they burrowed deep into the cracks and made hills. Finally, I discovered that cinnamon was a miracle. I sprinkled it heavily on the hills. Ants were gone completely in about 3 weeks, but definitely saw a difference in one week. I repeated every 2 months during summer. Then only needed it twice a year for the next year and now I use it once a year as a preventive. Plus the garage smells great! This is the best thing ever. Worked on red ants and black ants, that I know of. Make sure you know where they are coming from and sprinkle there. (04/25/2008)
I want to find a recipe for killing ants.