DIY Ant-Be-Gone

My apartment is part of a very old house and, as with all old houses, it has it’s share of bugs and critters crawling around. Namely, sugar ants. Don’t get me wrong, I love sugar ants. They are the cutest ants around and they’re too small to see all their creepy ant features. But I don’t want them in my house.

Last summer when they heavily infiltrated my kitchen (I opened the window ONE TIME and they swarmed), I found a super easy recipe to get rid of them. Borax and jam.

You will need:

photo 1 (1)– Borax
– jam
– spoon and bowl for mixing
– something to put it in (I used a candle lid)

Let’s get started!

1) Spoon some Borax into your bowl.

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2) Spoon some jam into your bowl. I like Smuckers because it’s good for, like, a year and a half. This is the jar I got last year, and I’ll probably use it next year. That’s kind of gross but I’m not eating it- it’s just for ants. I don’t measure, but it’s about a 1 spoon Borax  to 3 spoons jam ration.

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3) Mix it really well!

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Then spoon it into the candle lid. Last year I used a frosting lid.

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(I tried to bend the side down and broke it. Oops.)

Whatever you use, make sure it’s shallow and the ants can get into it. Place where you see ants.

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The great thing about Borax is it doesn’t kill the ants immediately. They have a snack, bring some home, share it with the colony, and THEN they start to die. If you place it near their front door, they’ll actually collect their dead friends so you don’t have to clean them up! Fascinating creatures.

Good luck getting rid of your ants! If you have any other methods, please share them with me :)

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3 Responses to “DIY Ant-Be-Gone”


  1. 1 Make Something Mondays June 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Great idea! My mom was just talking about not being able to get rid of ants today. I’ll have to send her this link! Thank you :-)


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