A large group of ants decided to invade our bathroom recently. I quickly constructed my borax/sugar trap, and within two days the ants were gone.
Homemade Ant TrapI tried honey instead of sugar and didn't find it as effective. I used the whitest sugar I had for extra enticement.
Combine ingredients in small dish. Dip cotton ball in mixture. Place on jar lid or directly on floor.
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon borax
After the final ant disappeared, I sprayed the area with homemade peppermint spray and sprinkled some dusting powder for added prevention.
Peppermint SprayFill spray bottle with water. Add 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap and 10 drops peppermint essential oil.
All-Purpose Pesticide PowderSo far, so good. It looks like any remaining ants have headed back outside. If they return, I'll be ready!
- 1/2 cup bay leaves
- 1/2 cup peppermint leaves
- 1.5 teaspoon each citrus peel, garlic powder, diatomaceous earth, cayenne pepper, pyrethrum, salt
For more helpful bug-busting recipes, see momsAWARE's downloadable Pest-Punching Printout.