There is nothing more annoying than walking into your kitchen to find a long trail of ants leading from a window or door to a scrap of food you missed on the counter or in the sink. They take over and can be a pain to get rid of. Bug sprays are effective but not always the most practical thing to use when you have children or pets around, never mind that the kitchen is where you make your food. The last thing you want is to be filling the air with unknown chemicals and strong smells. Here is a more natural way to rid your home of ants.

Borax is a naturally occurring mineral which is used in a number of bug sprays and household cleaning products. It is available at home stores or pharmacies, usually in a box or tub. The sugar is used to entice the ants into eating the borax and carrying it away to their nests.

What You’ll Need To Get Rid Of Your Ants

  • Cotton balls
  • 1/2 Cup of Warm Water
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Borax

Mix the sugar, water and borax together in a glass bowl until the borax and sugar have completely dissolved. Soak the cotton balls in the borax solution and place them in strategic places around your home. Keep them away from any place a child or pet may pick them up or put them in their mouths as borax is most definitely not healthy to ingest.

A note on borax: there is some debate as to whether borax is toxic or not mainly due to the fact that it has been banned as a food additive. While its not recommended to be consumed, its only listed as a health HAZARD of 1 on the materials data sheet (the same as baking soda and regular salt) so it is not toxic if tiny amounts are accidentally consumed.
Cover image: household ant by Krishna Santhanam used under CC BY 2.0