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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. 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
Dissolve 1 tsp. boric acid and 6 tblsp. sugar in 1 cup water. Soak some cotton balls in solution. Make bait dispensers from margarine containers by punching holes in container lids. Put cotton balls inside margarine containers and cover with lids so bait won't dry out. (I have also used berry containers with success).
Place containers where you see ants. Ants may increase in number initially, but will disappear within days after worker ants carry boric acid back to nest. For long term control, reduce boric acid from 1 tsp. to 1/2 tsp.
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Do any of the non poison remedies work for getting rid of black ants?
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I have good luck with diatomaceous (sp?) 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).
I need a home recipe for flying red ants and pests on my lawn that is safe for children and won't kill my lawn.
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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.
OMG! that's horrible!! Ants are beneficial to the environment. If you're trying to get them out of your house, any mint plant will repel them. Also find the hole they're coming in from and plug it. If they're outside, sprinkle bicarb around. They don't like it.
Anything is better than killing them in such a horrid way!
Is there an easy, cheap way to do away with the mounds of ants popping up? I've heard of several household products that are suppose to work and don't.
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By vicki hood 03/18/2012
Squeeze bottle with karo syrup 90% add about 10% 20 mule team borax (not boraxo or hand wash). Warm and shake till dissolved. Place squirt where ants go but not where pets or wildlife might eat it. The workers carry it back to nest and the queen is killed. Queens can live 20 years and produce many more queens.
I am looking for a recipe for an indoor ant killer.
By Maryeileen 06/05/2010
How can I make ant killer spray using household products?
By Chad from Sacramento CA
By Kellie Alexander03/29/2009
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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I also could use a homemade ant killer. Thanks so very much.
Jamish from Ranson, KS
I want to find a recipe for killing ants.
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)