Trying to make things you see on Pinterest can be pretty hit or miss. There are lots of interesting ideas for pest control, and most of them look really good - take a look at our 'Pest Control' board for yourself.
It's hard to know what is worth trying out. Well, one pin that I've seen over and over is for a homemade ant killer, and since the weather was driving lots of pests inside, and we've been seeing more and more ants, I thought it was time to test it out.
In the past we've purchased ant bait stations, which seem to work 'ok' but leave you with a plastic, poisonous piece of trash once the bait is gone. Those are generally not reusable or refillable, and don't seem to last more than a week when placed outside. This DIY solution's only waste is the cotton ball once you're done with it. You can make more (the recipe will go quite a long ways though), and reuse the jars.
It's possible that different species of ants in other regions will react differently to this bait. In our experience, it wasn't attractive enough to bring in the ants we have, but if placed where ants were seen, they would discover it. Once they did, the ants disappeared. This has been almost as effective for us as the commercially available options. I recommend it! 👍 💯
- 1 Cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp Borax
- 3 Cups warm water
- Cotton balls
- Small jars
- Mix all ingredients together
- Saturate a cotton ball with the poison and place in a jar with a lid.
- Poke lots of holes in the lid, and place jar where you have ants.