Homemade Ant Killer Recipes

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.
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May 27, 2010 Flag
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I am looking for a recipe for an indoor ant killer.

By Sandie

May 29, 20101 found this helpful
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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.

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June 1, 20101 found this helpful
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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

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June 3, 20100 found this helpful
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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.

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January 4, 20160 found this helpful

This will work for indoor ants I use this alot

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August 10, 20160 found this helpful

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.

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June 19, 2013 Flag
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Sugar ants come around the kitchen and other places looking for sweet stuff to eat. Other kinds of ants follow too but I generally call them sugar ants. Here is how to make a trap to put on the counter.

Supplies:

  • 1 tsp 20 Mule Team borax*
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 5 Tbsp honey
  • folded paper towel
  • empty plastic container

*Borax is an natural laundry boosting powder available in the laundry section of the store, normally on the top shelf.

Steps:

  1. Dissolve the borax in hot water. Stir in the honey. Dip the folded paper towel in the solution until it is soaked completely.
  2. Press the wet paper towel in the empty plastic applesauce container.
  3. Place in a location where you have seen the ants. This bait will be eaten by the ants and taken back to the nest and will then kill the entire nest. Keep away from children by placing on a countertop where they can't reach it.
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June 20, 20130 found this helpful

Cinnamon works. I just sprinkle in on the counter top behind appliances, canisters, etc.

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January 3, 20140 found this helpful

This worked for me. I bought the ant traps at a hardware store and they had little effect. We sprinkled cinnamon and sprayed vinegar all over the counter tops and nothing worked. We had ants in our house for around a month before I stumbled onto this remedy. We set the borax and honey out for a few days and the ants started disappearing. They started popping up in our bathroom a couple of weeks later. This time I didn't hesitate. We set the honey out one night and left for vacation. The ants were gone before we got back! This is a wonderful bait!

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February 16, 20160 found this helpful

I just mix 25% borax with 75% icing sugar and sprinkle this powder on the paths of the ants--it works like a dam---Paul

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February 20, 20160 found this helpful

Terro ant bait traps are the only thing that works! Six bait traps for $10 No more ants finally

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April 24, 2004 Flag
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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.

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March 26, 2009 Flag
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How can I make ant killer spray using household products?

By Chad from Sacramento CA

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful
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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.

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March 27, 20090 found this helpful
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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.

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March 27, 20091 found this helpful
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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)

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March 29, 20090 found this helpful
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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!

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May 28, 20160 found this helpful

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!

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May 12, 2010 Flag
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Kill ants for good with uncooked grits! Just sprinkle the grits around where you have the ants and they eat them and die. Ants lack the ability to expel gas caused by the grits. This is the safest way to kill ants - no pesticides, safe for environment, pets, and kids.

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June 13, 2013 Flag
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What does boric acid syrup and water mixed together do to the ants when consumed and taken back to colony? Thanks.

By Randy D.

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June 15, 20130 found this helpful
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It kills them. Boric acid attacks the central nervous system.

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Anonymous Flag
October 30, 20150 found this helpful

Apparently you have never been exposed to fire ants!!! They are not beneficial!

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Anonymous Flag
April 6, 20160 found this helpful

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.

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April 9, 20160 found this helpful

When the ants get into bed with you and start biting either I leave home or the ants have to go!

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June 4, 20160 found this helpful

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.

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March 26, 2009 Flag
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I also could use a homemade ant killer. Thanks so very much.

Jamish from Ranson, KS

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Homemade Ant Killer

Try blending orange peels and water. Pour the 'smoothie' down the ant hole. (06/30/2006)

By hwalz

Homemade Ant Killer

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)

By debbie

Homemade Ant Killer

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)

By darcey

Homemade Ant Killer

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)

By MollieB55

Homemade Ant Killer

Mix equal parts powdered sugar and Borax and spread around baseboards, or wherever the ants are traveling. Works every time. (07/10/2006)

By mm

Homemade Ant Killer

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)

By LMB

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September 17, 20160 found this helpful

Mix baking soda and powdered sugar. 1/2 and 1/2. Sprinkle on ant beds. The ants eat the baking soda thinking it is the powered sugar and the acid in their stomach reacts with the baking soda causing them to swell and die.

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May 27, 2010 Flag
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I want to find a recipe for killing ants.

Susan

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Recipe for Killing Ants

Hi Susan! Try sprinkling baby powder outside of your house where they are coming in at. The ants won't cross it! (06/15/2005)

By allcountry1962

Recipe for Killing Ants

I have had a terrible time getting rid of ants. Someone advised me to try Terro Liquid ant baits. The stuff is available at most stores like Lowe's and Walmart. I found it at our local Super Walmart. You can also buy the liquid in a small bottle. It comes with little pieces of cardboard and you pour the liquid on the cardboard, and place it in locations where the ants seem most prolific.

The solution is made from Boric Acid (borax), water and sugar. I prefer the liquid baits because they are considerably less messy. This stuff is really sticky, but it has been extremely helpful. We had an exterminator come by to spray for the ants, and my husband told him what we were using and he said that they used the same stuff. (06/17/2005)

By skbeal

Recipe for Killing Ants

Mix powdered borax, detergent, and sugar. They will carry this back to the nest, and when they eat it it will kill them. It's not good for children and pets but it's better than poisons. Another tip which will take a few days, is to pour boiling water on them. (04/12/2007)

By Roseyposey

Recipe for Killing Ants

A couple of drops of dawn mixed with water in a spray bottle stops them dead in their tracks. (07/13/2009)

By RUBYPRINCESS7100

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