Getting Rid of Ants

21 May

First Home/Apartment Owner Lesson #1 :

How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home.


In honor of the summer swarms that have begun to descend.  My mother taught me this trick a long time ago, and it works very quickly (overnight in fact a few times).   


1.) Find out where they are coming from or at least figure out what line they are following when they move.  Ants tend to follow one another in a straightish line back and forth from the food source to their home.  So figure out where that line is.

2.) Mix together in a microwavable, closable bowl: 

1/2 Cup of Sugar  (to attract them)

1/4 Cup of Borax (to Kill Them)

1 & 1/2 Cup of Warmed Water (to mix it all together).

3.) Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and place it in their line of travel.  

4.) Wait.  The ants will come around to carry the mixture back to their den because it tastes so good (the sugar).  This means they will spread to poison around and it will eliminate the group.  

5.) Replace the Cotton Balls When They Dry Out.  When you need a new one, just re-heat the mixture in a microwave and dip it in there again. Covers pretty much all summer!

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