Dealing with ants now that the weather has warmed up? Yep, so are we. For the past couple summers we’ve had a persistent ant problem centered around our kitchen sink, and our tried-and-true solutions haven’t been working. We’ve made ant poison by mixing borax and powdered sugar together in equal parts. We’ve kept the sink cleaned out and dry. We’ve wiped down the sink and surrounding countertops with vinegar to remove their scent trails. None of it’s working. So, it’s clearly time to up our game.
And up it, we have. We just made a bunch of homemade ant bait traps. One went in the sink, where we’re seeing the ants, and the rest went around the foundation of our house. Makes sense, right? I mean why wait for the ants to come into your house? Kill’em before they have a chance to get there.
Here’s a look at how we made our ant bait traps.
You can watch this short video tutorial, or follow the step-by-step instructions outlined below.
Note: In the video (and in the pictures below), I drilled my holes towards the top of the containers. I now drill them towards the bottom of the containers. This makes it easier for the ants to access the bait.
What You Need:
- Empty drink mix containers, or a similar lidded food container
- A drill
- Granulated sugar
- Peanut butter (optional)
What You Do:
1. Drill pencil-sized holes, all the way around your containers, about an inch from the top.
2. Mix equal parts Borax and sugar in a bowl.
3. Add a couple inches of the dry mixture to each container.
4. Then, add a teaspoon of peanut butter to each container. (Do not dip your used spoon back into your peanut butter jar.)
5. Stir in water, until you have a soupy mixture. If you want, you can just use the dry borax/sugar mixture as your bait. That’s what I do. My husband likes to add the peanut butter.
6. Replace the lids, and place the bait traps wherever you’re noticing an ant problem.
Why This Works:
The ants are attracted to the sugar, peanut butter and water. They eat it, and take it back to their nest to share. Once consumed, the borax damages their digestive system and outer skeleton, and kills them.
Keep Borax out of the reach of pets and children. The screw-on lids that drink mix containers come with are great for keeping curious kids and animals out.