Ant Bait-Poison

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This small bowl contains three cotton balls, laced with my homemade ant bait-poison.  You can see some black ants on those cotton balls, and I am sure that some ants have returned to their nest to be eaten by the queen, thereby destroying the colony.


1 cup of water

8 tablespoons of white sugar

1/2 teaspoon of boric acid powder (purchased at the pharmacy; not on the shelf in a store)

Mix thoroughly.  Place 3 cotton balls in a small bowl (or more bowls).  Pour enough poison over the balls to saturate them.  Place the bowl in the area where you have seen ants, and leave it there for 3-4 days.  Do not move the bowl, because you might chase the ants away.  When the balls start to dry out, discard them.

Throw out the leftover poison, if any.  It is best to make a fresh batch each time you have an ant problem.

9 Responses to “Ant Bait-Poison”

  1. Joanne Noragon Says:

    Boric acid is handy stuff.

  2. Olga Says:

    You have this ant poison in a lovely little dish. I put mine on an old jar lid, not nearly as inviting!

  3. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Clever, I which I had known about this earlier.

  4. Christine Says:

    thanks for sharing!

  5. dkzody Says:

    I have been using essentials oils to keep bugs out of our house this summer. Mixture of tea tree oil, eucalyptus, lavender, cedar, and citronella. I too soak the cotton balls in the mixture and then place them all over the house. Looks a bit tacky, but it works.

  6. Linda Reeder Says:

    Interesting. There seems to be a home remedy for everything.

  7. Beatrice Says:

    Gigi, I had heard of sprinkling boric acid to deter ants, but this seems like a safer way to handle these annoying pests. Thanks for sharing this.

  8. DeniseinVA Says:

    I saw this a few days ago somewhere and wondered how effective it would be. Good to get a recommend. I will try it when needed.

  9. DJan Says:

    No ants. I live in a second-floor apartment and they don’t make it up here. 🙂

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