There is nothing worse than walking into a room and realizing your home has been invaded by unwelcome guests. While they look innocent enough, their home is outside and it should stay that way. After dealing with ants in North Carolina, Colorado, and now Florida here is my tried and true natural way to get rid of ants after everything else failed.
Just the word ant, makes me cringe.
I was told once that it is actually a compliment to have ants in your house. It means you are eating real food because ants don’t like processed foods. Hmmm. So, thank you, ants, but please get out of my house.
Now every time my children an ant, they scream for me to kill it. The two year old now calls every single things that moves an ant and screams while running away. They may or may not have learned this behavior from me. Granted I don’t scream like a little girl when I see an ant. I break out the cleaner and start spraying them and wiping them away.
I’ve often thought about getting my kids one of those ant homes so they can watch the ants go about their daily life, but I can’t. I just know that they would escape and crawl around all over my house. I think I’ll stick with the butterfly house. Caterpillars I can do.
I needed a natural way to get rid of ants. We have 4 children and a dog. I couldn’t risk spraying chemicals that the kids could touch or the dog could lick up. So I tried everything natural I could think of. I asked in my “natural” groups. I searched on the internet. Everyone had something that worked for them. I tried them all. Apparently, we have super stubborn ants.
I found where the ants were coming up through a hole in the flooring, through a crack near a window, and by the back door. I put diatomaceous earth over the holes. That worked for about two days. The ants actually moved the tiny particles of diatomaceous earth out of the holes. I have no idea where they took them, but I watched little white specks walking across our floor. Gross!
The Natural Way to Get Rid of Ants
Someone said they used peppermint essential oil and it worked for them. I took my bottle of peppermint oil and sprinkled drops in front of our back door. I watched as the little ants scurried from the line, and completely went around it. After about 15 minutes, they started going through the oil line.
Then I tried cinnamon. The “tried and true method”. Nope. These crazy little ants went right over the cinnamon mound. Aaaahhhh! I was at my wit’s end. One day, I even found hundreds of any inside my dishwasher. It was disgusting. What did I do? I ran the dishwasher of course. Twice.
I was ready to call the bug guys. I couldn’t take it anymore. I felt gross. I tried cleaning up all the crumbs and wouldn’t leave food on the counter. But with 4 kids and a dog, things can get messy. Try as I might, I would always miss something.
I found a recipe where they used sugar and borax, mixing it on the stove. That sounded like a great idea! But I didn’t really want to put borax in the pans I fix food in. I’m sure it would be fine, I just didn’t want to clean up the mess. We just happened to have a box of borax that my mom bought for something. So I went to the pantry to see what I could mix the borax in that ants might like.
Lo, and behold I found a bottle of corn syrup in the very back corner. I had bought it forever go to make pecan pie but I never used it. You could also use honey, but this was an experiment. I didn’t want to waste good honey. Corn syrup is bad for you anyway.
I grabbed a plastic cup and spoon that I could throw away and mixed equal parts of borax and corn syrup together. Then I found things to put the sticky mixture on that the ants could access easily. I used random pieces of cardboard but you could use a jar lid or index cards. I placed the cardboard pieces around areas I had seen the ants. I also made sure to do this at night so that the kids and dog couldn’t get to them.
The next morning, I was completely grossed out. There were ants covering the mixture. I kept reminding myself that this was a good thing. They were taking the borax mixture back to their house.
Throughout the day, I noticed that the number of ants I was seeing was dropping significantly. I sprayed everything down with vinegar water to remove any ant trails they had left behind.
I am happy to report that the majority of the ants are gone. YAY!! I am still seeing one or two around, but nothing compared to the army I was seeing everywhere.
How to Get Rid of Ants | Borax For Ants Recipe
It’s SO easy!
All you need for this borax for ants recipe to get rid of ants is:
- corn syrup or honey
- a container and plastic spoon you can throw away
- a jar lid or index cards