A Homemade Ant Bait
Do you have to do battle with ants in your home? Do you feel as frustrated as I do when facing this yearly ritual? The ants are back. Yes, I'm very unhappy to report that the annual ant battle is underway in my home. It's early March and already I have ants coming out of the woodwork. Literally, ants are coming out of the woodwork! I saw a few little ants gathering around a speck on the floor. When there is one, there are many. Oh no!
Ant bait works by attracting the worker ants to the bait. The ants feed on it, then carry it back to the colony and feed the growing ants. This effectively eliminates the colony. This works better than just spraying the worker ants with insecticide. That just kills the ants but doesn't kill off the colony. Making homemade ant bait is easy. All you need is borax, sugar, and water. Be sure to follow the directions below and you'll be all set.
|Making Ant Bait Is Easy|
You'll also need appropriate containers to hold the liquid bait. I use the lids from plastic deli containers like the one in the picture above. They are very shallow and provide easy access for the ants. I've tried many alternatives but always come back to these shallow, flat lids. The only drawback is that there is no cover to conceal the bait. If you have pets or young children you'll need to be careful that they can't access the bait in these lids.
Next, you'll need self-control and patience. Please don't underestimate the importance of this. First, let's address the self-control. What is the first thing you want to do when you see an ant in your home? You want to squash it, don't you? You want to reach for that can of ant spray and kill every ant you see, don't you? Well, this is where the self-control comes in. You really must let them be. The ant bait won't work unless the ants feed on it and take it back to the colony. So, the best thing you can do is take a breath and put out the homemade ant bait. Put it right where you see the ants. You want them to find it quickly and easily. The faster they find the bait, the sooner your ant problem is O-V-E-R!
|The Ants Have Found The Bait|
Now let's talk about patience. Unfortunately, this ant killing solution takes a bit of time. Depending on the size of your ant problem, you may find yourself refilling your bait trays over and over again. As long as you see the ants coming to your bait you must keep providing a fresh quantity of solution. Yes, friends, this is not a quick fix. In my experience, it could take up to a few weeks before you are confident the ants are gone. In the meantime, you will get satisfaction in seeing the ants coming willingly to the trough.
|It's An Ant Party!|
Here's a picture of the morning after I set out the bait. I actually needed to add more bait. Some evaporated overnight, but the ants have sent the word out to all their little ant friends to come to the feeding party. This battle is going very well. I am satisfied... and patient.
Be sure to keep your ant bait solution in a well marked, covered container away from pets and children. The solution is very sweet (with ten teaspoons of sugar) so pets and children may find it attractive to sample. I store mine in a well-marked, recycled deli container or a mason jar on a high shelf with my cleaning products.
With patience, self-control, borax, sugar, and water you, too, can be ant free. It's a beautiful thing!
Update: March 21, 2011
Two weeks later and all of the ants are gone! This really works.
|No More Ants!|
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