Homemade Ant Traps

I used this thrifty recipe instead of purchasing expensive ant baits, and it really works well because the sugar draws the ants in. It only takes a couple of days to see results, and it is disposable.


You will need:

  • Empty plastic containers with lids (sour cream/cottage cheese container size works best)
  • Screwdriver
  • Spoon
  • 20 Mule team borax
  • Granulated sugar
  • Peanut butter
  • Water

Poke 5 holes evenly spaced around the container about one inch from the top using the screwdriver.

Mix 1 cup Borax with 3 cups of sugar (good for about 6 traps). Fill each container halfway. Add water to make it soupy. Add a spoonful of peanut butter, stir. Put lid on.

Set traps. Check back in a few days and you should see results.

By karin from Benbrook, TX

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful

Hmm... I think we'll have to try this.


Those little commercial ant baits get expensive, and I'm always knocking them off into the dishwater, yuck!

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August 21, 20110 found this helpful

I have been having ant problems lately. I think because of all the rain we have had this season - must be short on food, dry ground, etc. Anyway, I hope this works & really appreciate your posting it as it is cheap, items readily available & sounds good! Thanks

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