We called our homemade version Terro-rize, lol. Ants may be a nuisance but they are smart. We never see them on the counters anymore or anywhere else in the house. I knew they would be back but was impressed with the length of time. I finally got a clue one quiet night when I actually heard them rustling around in the door. you might not see any results for a week but then you will see less and less ants around.. when I first moved into this house, the place was full of ants and the yard was nothing but one big ant hill. For the borax mix, I found that brown sugar works better than white. I love my rhubarb, not the ants. Control. That was 6 months ago and I havent seen another ant since! Inhalation of borax by your pet could cause shortness of breath and coughing fits so care should be taken when using it. I need to know if this will work safely to remove the ants off of my rhubarb plants?? It occurred to me just now.. Bon apetit! the liquid will slowly leech out of jar until the level of the jar lid and the liquid in the reservoir are equal and then it will stop. OMG. Thank you in advance for any helpful suggestions. This test gave reasonable results (see below) compared to the Terro and is MUCH cheaper. My experience with the thicker syrups is that they formed a skin so they had to be replaced more often. In the time it was vacant after we cleaned it, no sign of ants anywhere. Make an enclosing line around the hill and “powder bomb” the hill from above and I promise those little monsters will not survive. I also am going to try the 1 Tablespoon berry jam + 1/16 teaspoon boric acid powder only replacing the jam with dog food too. I would take safety precautions to make sure my cat wouldn’t mistake the any bait for it’s food. Glad to hear that you had such good results with this. I think what may be best for outdoor baits is to heat the sugar/borax mixture enough so it ends up as a hard candy and them pour it into plastic containers. Fast forward a few more years. (Borax never goes bad) I tried baby powder last year and it worked but it is not safe if you have pets. Now you did not have to destroy a single ant life that performs many useful services to our web of life. So, put out plain butter with plain jelly nearby with no borax as a test. Since all ants’ digestive systems work the same way no matter what species you’re dealing with, borax is an effective killer whether you have sugar ants, fire ants, carpenter ants, or almost any other type of ant in your home. amzn_assoc_asins = "B00LOR9EM8,B004Q3QQNC,B00OWRAMYQ,B001B1KH1Y,B018HUUK40"; Admin Note: This post first appeared on my blog in June of 2014 I have updated it with new photos, a printable project card, and more detailed explanations of all the tests for the borax ant killers. I used a blueberry tea to boil in the water before mixing the rest. Simply powder the trail and they will walk through it, they know nothing different. I doubt this would work on something this size. Sometimes this is caused by too much watering. I have tried the honey and borax with moderate success. Do the ants reappear after the apple cider vinegar cleaning? This is also the easiest ant killer remedy to make. A foam spray can or two gets the job done with larger holes pre filled with steel wool or mostly sealed with small cut to shape pieces of board stuck on the wall with contact cement. No interest by the yard ants in either. 381.37 g/mol, Table sugar/Molar mass 1.0 I discovered my ants are on a protein hunt after my toddler left some scrabbled egg on floor. Their nests, I’m fairly certain, are either under concrete walkway and or large patio (or possibly in a wall void space in the house (hoping not) so pouring soapy water and or bleach onto them isn’t a viable option. It was interesting to see the different concoctions of borax for killing ants. I used a small glob of plain grape jelly on a piece of masking tape set within their trail. Carol. Hope it gets rid of them. The site have very good information about pet safe ant killers..I guess it may help you. They will probably be taking it back to the nest now then. A colony can generally only tolerate one queen. It was not completely out of control maybe however they were pretty steady in my kitchen and although the children loved gently capturing them and releasing them, it was truly not a productive way to take care of the problem. I did not measure out the jelly, but I would guess that I used approximately half cup with approximately half cup borax. Tried terro on its own but there was no interest. In my experience this works the best. Confectioner’s Sugar and Borox (dry) – an abysmal failure! I see their “scouts” out and about. I just hope it’s going to get rid of the little buggers (I lost all sympathy when I found them in my bedroom). I did find single loners crawling around here and there in different areas of the kitchen. Tried both of these with borax and alternately with boric acid without success. Another recipe to try, calls for three parts sugar for every one part borax. Whether you have borax or boric acid, it’s important to remember that you need to keep these products away from children and pets. Tho something I buy will be way more sturdy and won’t spill that sticky stuff (I’ll find a way trust me, or my kids will) vs something I make so I’ll be looking to buy a similar contraption, I love the idea! This could be the solution for long lasting outdoor baits. But wait! I turned over a vase with some flower food in it and did it bring on the ants. Across floor to the accuracy too: poisoned, kill, die, destroyed, starvation,,... 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