Anyone who lives in SoCal can attest: the ants here are horrendous.
Everyone I talk to seems to be battling ants in a serious way. I can tell you one thing for sure, they are all over our property. If they want to hang out and munch on grass all day, I’m fine with that. It was when they started building their nests under my garden bed and eating my food. My food. That’s when they crossed the line.
We are talking about the teeny tiny little black ants here, that come by the thousands. They’re in our yard, our garden, our garage. They’re in the house, of course, and we’ve found them in places you might expect, like the kitchen, and other places that you might. You know, like your office (absolutely no food or water there) or your bedroom. Did you know ants usually come inside for water? Well, I didn’t until I stepped into the shower and the floor was covered in ants. Every single room in our house at some point in the last month has been scoured by ants.
Blagh! I’m so over it. I did break down and about a month ago we bought some nasty, chemical-laden spray and sprayed around the outside of the house. I sprayed the perimeter twice, all but one corner because we have strawberries planted and guess what, yeah, thousands of ants came marching through the tiny holes around our bedroom window. They circumnavigated our bedroom and went into the bathroom for, you guessed it- water.
We thought that if we kept our house clean and our dog’s food sealed tight (yes, about a million of them were crawling all over and inside the huge tub of dog food) we would be fine. You’re laughing, I know. Ants will find a way in. They bust through the tiniest hole by the dozens. I had to caulk around our toilet. Yes, our toilet, those nasties.
So instead of spending even more money on someone to come and spray, and who knows what’s in those products I decided that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
We started attracting the little devils into the house. Yep, we bait them in. With nothing other than white sugar. They love it. I swear they can smell it from a mile away.
This gets better, trust me, we aren’t just openly inviting them in. Oh no, you see mixed with that sugar is borax. And borax is toxic when consumed by ants. But it’s the sugar, the smell and taste of it, it’s too much. They can’t even tell there is poison present.
Let’s have it then, y’all came here for a DIY recipe not a novel about my relationship with the SoCal ants.
DIY Ant Bait & Killer
1 1/2 cups water, warm to dissolve
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Borax
Add all ingredients to mason jar. Put lid on and shake until sugar and Borax are dissolved. Next, pour over or dip in a cotton ball. Place around house inside and out. To prevent the sticky solution from getting all over your house, place in a jar lid or milk/bottle cap. Then, watch as the ants come and suck all the goodness out. Don’t stress if they just keep coming, give it a day or two. Then, one day you’ll come home and no more. Store extra solution under sink (away from kids and pets) and reapply as needed. Be sure to label “Ant Bait & Killer” so you don’t confuse it with your hummingbird food.