Simple Solutions for Getting Rid of Ants

Homemade ant trap

Out With The Ants

Every year in the spring and sometimes summer, , our homestead gets invaders. They are small invaders but can be very damaging to the house, and our wallets.

After years of trying different things to get rid of our yearly ant invasion that seems to show up no matter how neat one is with the home, dad came up with a solution. We needed an ant killing recipe that topped anything we had bought in the store.

It only uses items we normally have in our home anyway, and ants seem to be incapable of resisting it. The downside is that until the ants are gone, it is an eyesore.

Here is the recipe that Dad found that kills whole nests of ants:

Roughly:

1 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon borax

Bring water to a boil and add the sugar.

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Let cool until just warm. Add borax and stir.

We then set it out in cups or jars for the ants to find. They die in the cup or jar and the whole nest ends up dead in the containers. After a few weeks of this, we don’t find a single ant in the house.

I am not the most patient person, so I made a little change to that recipe in 2019 that has made the ants come even faster. You know how if you are at a picnic and leave a can of soda sitting on the table for too long, it attracts ants and bees? Yeah, about that. If you add just 4 tablespoons of some type of soda to your recipe, the ants seem to find it faster. It smells like something you don’t want them in. So, right now, I have a bowl of the mixture in my sink that has a huge swarm of ants going to it. Here’s to soon being ant free again!

Homemade ant trap
A homemade ant trap using things you may have around the house This one had filled up with little ant corpses that I was happy to dispose of.

May you be ant free inside the home on your homestead.

Until next time,

Homestead in Health, ya’ll!

Emily

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