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.
One way to get rid of them is to find where they are coming from, and block up the hole with vaseline or caulk. Another way is to put a little black pepper in their paths. This confuses them. Terro is a good store bought ant killer too.
OK when I was a girl my dad would always take q-tip and then you could find this type of ant poison and you would just get the q-tip in the hole and poison will be on you q-tip. Then put it on your wall where you think the ants will maybe go.
If you are talking about the tiny black ants, I use non stick spray to kill them around the sink, that way I dont have to worry about it getting on the dishes.
I really like this, it kills them dead with one spray.
I also spray the rim of the dog food bowl with it to keep them from getting into the dog bowl.
Ok I have 2 ways. I used to live way out in the country and have ants everywhere and both of these worked EVERYTIME. And they are very safe.
#1. Dish detergent and water into a spray bottle. They drown because they are unable to get out of the water due to the soap.
#2. Grits. Uncooked Grits. This is good for destroying a whole ant pile. Pour the uncooked grits on the ant pile or along baseboards of your house and the ants take them back to the colony, eat them and blow up due to the expanding of the grit.
Karo syrup and about 10% 20 Mule Team Borax warmed for few seconds to dissolve. Squeeze bottle--put solution in cracks, holes or areas where animals cannot eat this solution. Ants carry it back to nest therefore killing whole colony along with queen. Queens can live up to 20 years and produce many more queens. It takes a few days but wonderful to watch the ants diminish, never to return.
To kill ants mix equal parts of borax and powdered sugar with just enough drops of water to make a paste. Place on pieces of cardboard where you see ants. This works both inside and outdoors within hours.
During ant season March to September
1. Clean surfaces with vinegar.
You can add a couple drops of essential oil or citrus peels to your jug of white vinegar to help with the pungent odor. They hate it. And it removes the pheromone so they can't detect where each other has been.
2. Make sure to take garbage out daily.
3. Sweep and mop with vinegar daily or every other day.
4. Vacuum more than once a week.
5. Don't leave any food, crumbs, or wrappers out because it will attract the critters.
6. Whole cloves repel ants.
7. Eucalyptus plants and essential oil, repel ants and other bugs. They hate it.
8. Make sure all your food is secure, tightly shut in their containers, or in a Ziploc bag, etc.
9. Make sure your cupboards are clean with "no spills, no crumbs", nothing for ants to come after.
10. If leaving any dirty dishes over night, rinse them and keep them overnight in the sink filled with hot soapy water.
Buying a small container of boric acid and placing it where you have seen ants will rid your home of sugar ants, roaches, any unwanted creature like that.
Beware! Boric acid is a poison, so if you have pets, I do not recommend it.
I put bay leaves on windowsills, in the corners of doorways, etc. to repel ants.
I've used sweet n low too; just spread it around where you see ants and in a few days they're gone.
But I think I discovered another way to get rid of them. I've been sprinkling powdered meat tenderizer around and haven't seen too many since then. Maybe when they eat it the papain dissolves the ants? Yew. I buy the store brand, of course. You can even buy it at the dollar store.
If anyone else tries it, I'd love to hear if the meat tenderizer worked for you too.
This will work for indoor ants I use this alot
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