Spotting an ant or two at your house is a natural thing. However, if you put down and ants swarm it, then something is not right.
Every year, my home is invaded by ants, and it is frustrating. I even panicked the first time I had an infestation.
I had no idea what to do at first as I did not want to call pest control immediately, nor use chemical insecticides until I figured out the severity of the situation.
So I took to the internet to search for a solution. Everyone offers “the best” method to clear the house from the nasty intruders, but surprisingly, they are not sufficient.
It took me a while, but in the end, I found a solution.
The natural DIY poison is from Food.com, and since it has proven to be effective, everyone is sharing it, particularly Pinterest.
It only requires three ingredients, and they are things everyone has at home. The best thing is that this homemade ant poison also gets rid of ants left in the nest.
I will explain how it works, before eliciting the recipe to you.
When ants build a nest, not all of them leave at the same time to search for food and drink. Only a part of the colony goes hunting and then they come back to the nest to their peer ants.
That said, when leaving out the liquid poison, worker ants will drink it and then transport it to the nest for the other ants.
The recipe includes Borax which harms the ant’s digestive systems and outer skeletons. So, the ants will die right away.
The full recipe:
– 1 cup of sugar
– 3 tablespoons of boric acid
– 3 cups warm water
– cotton balls
– a small container or the cap of an old medicine bottle
- Mix sugar together with boric acid.
- Then add lukewarm water as you stir continuously to prevent lumps from forming.
- Soak in the cotton ball in the mixture, and then put it in the small cap or container.
- Put it in the place where you have seen the number of ants and see as the sweet scent of the sugar attracts them into the poison.
Note: In case you don’t have a small container or cap, you can put the soaked cotton ball on foil or wax paper.
You will clearly notice a decrease in the number of ants in just a few hours. And if there is a more massive colony, place the soaked cotton balls in different places.
If your problem keeps persisting, you should call professional pest control to deal with the situation as some types of ants, like sugar ants are dangerous because they contaminate food and cause illnesses like salmonella.
If you have an ant problem at home, give it a try!