Got Ants? Need a Natural Solution?

Mar 5, 2011

We have ants. They've been coming out from under the downstairs toilet for a while. {Papa Bear and I are both afraid to see what's under our old toilet. It leans a little too.} And since someone spilled juice on our end table and it soaked into the felt pad on the base of our lamp, ants have found their way into our living room too. I removed the felt pad and scrubbed the area but they are persistent. They are only a minor nuisance right now, but I've got to do something before they invite more friends to the party or find their way into my kitchen.

Fortunately, when ants invaded our old house last year, I found Lindsay's ant trap recipe. It did the trick fast! The next morning after setting out the bait, I found dozens of ants sipping the sweet nectar to carry back to their nest. The next morning, the numbers were down. And by the third or fourth day, I didn't see any more ants.

Want to know how I did it?

Mix 1 tsp of Borax into 2 cups of hot water; stir to dissolve. Stir in 6 Tbsp of sugar. Dip a folded or crumpled paper towel into the solution, making sure it's saturated. Stuff the paper towel into a small dish, like a ramekin. Place the dish near the area where you see the ants, but out of reach of children and pets.

Sounds too easy, doesn't it? Believe me, it works. And after I did some research, I found that several marketed ant control products contain the same ingredients. It's easy and much cheaper to make your own.

Do you have any natural solutions for getting rid of uninvited pests?

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  1. What a great idea! We get ants every now and then - and that sounds like a great solution. I bookmarked your post! Visiting from Hip Homeschool Hop. Deb @

  2. So how about I love borax for tons of things and this is such a great tip. Thanks for sharing. New follower here =]


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