How to Kill Ants with Borax — A Deadly Ant Killer Recipe
How to Kill Ants with Borax – A Deadly Ant Killer Recipe
- 1 How to Kill Ants with Borax – A Deadly Ant Killer Recipe
- 2 How to Use Borax to Kill Ants
- 3 Preventing an Ant Infestation
- 4 Best Homemade Roach Killer [Updated in 2020]
- 5 Homemade Roach Killer Recipes
- 6 Premade Roach Killer
- 7 Final Word
- 8 How to Use Boric Acid to Kill Wasps
- 9 Step 1
- 10 Step 2
- 11 Step 3
- 12 Step 4
- 13 Step 5
- 14 Step 6
- 15 Bee Pests & Diseases
- 16 How to Use Boric Acid to Kill Ants
- 17 Why (and How) to Use Boric Acid
- 18 How to Make Homemade Ant Killer With Boric Acid
- 19 Two Important Caveats
- 20 Borax Ant Killer: How to Kill Ants (Fast) Using Borax?
- 21 How Does Borax Kill Ants?
- 22 Step by Step Instruction: How to Use Borax Powder to Get Rid of Ants:
- 23 What is Borax and What Is It Usually Used For?
- 24 5 Common Types of Harmful Ants in Your House
- 25 6 Other Natural Ant Solutions
- 26 Why Are Ants So Hard to Kill?
- 27 Conclusion
Whether indoor or outdoors, ants can become a nuisance in every home and to everyone. These tiny little pests burrow their way into your homes and gardens in search of food, and can leave both your plants and pantry suffering. Fortunately, there’s no need to live with them anymore, you can easily get rid of them with borax.
Borax is an odorless white powder, known mostly for its uses when doing laundry, but it also has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that are beneficial to both the home and environment. It’s important to note that borax is toxic if ingested, so be sure to keep it away from your pets and children.
Many persons tend to confuse borax with boric acid, but there is a minor difference between the two. Borax is a mineral that comes from the ground while boric acid is a derivative of borax when it goes through further processing. Another small difference is the uses of the two products; borax is labeled for laundry use whereas boric acid is labeled specifically as a pesticide or an insecticide.
The truth is that either of the two can be used as an effective home remedy to get rid of ants naturally, it’s up to you to choose which is more readily available. Ensure however that whichever you choose, you use it with caution and keep it away from pets and young children.
How to Use Borax to Kill Ants
Borax is not a quick fix that gets rid of ants immediately, but because of its slower workings, it is a more effective and long term home remedy. Borax works by gradually killing the ants after they ingest it, and because most ants bring back the fruits of their labour to their colony to feed their larvae and their queen, this method of using borax will kill the ants and destroy the colony from the inside out.
Borax & Sugar
To use borax/boric acid as an effective home remedy to get rid of ants whether in the home or outside, you can make an ant trap using borax and sugar. You will need:
- 2 tablespoons of borax/boric acid
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water
Simply mix the borax with the sugar and then add the warm water. Stir until both the borax and the sugar have been thoroughly dissolved and produces a thick consistency. The sweetness of the sugar draws the ants to this mixture, but the toxicity of the borax is the killer ingredient.
This mixture can be used indoors, both as a preventative measure and also as an effective solution for an already existing ant problem. To use indoors, pour small amounts of the ant bait trap into shallow containers and place them where ants are frequent in the home, such as near kitchen counters and cupboards. It can also be placed along entryways and paths that ants use to enter the home such as window sills, doors and any opening in general.
To use outdoors, whether in gardens or yards in general, simply forget the water and just mix the powdered sugar with the borax in the ratio, 2 parts borax and 1 part powdered sugar. Sprinkle this powdered mixture along the path of the ants in the yard or around the plants in the garden. It’s also important to remember that borax is toxic when ingested so be sure to keep pets and small children away from this mixture.
It would be smarter to use the mixture in small portions at first, so as to identify the pathway of the ants which would allow you to apply the solution more effectively. Borax also not only kills ants, but other pests and insects as well, and is also known for its uses as a fungicide and herbicide.
Borax & Honey
Another highly effective home remedy for ants is using this borax, honey and water paste. The honey acts in the same way as the sugar does, pulling the ants in with its sweetness, but its properties along with the borax ultimately causes it to be lethal to them. Honey, being a natural humectant, traps the moisture and coats the exoskeleton of the ants, wearing it down. The borax then penetrates into the ant’s body, causing death.
To make this home remedy you will need:
- 3 parts honey
- 1 part borax
- Warm water
Simply mix all three ingredients together until it forms a sticky paste. Apply this paste to ant trails, pathways, entryways or openings in the house, and also in your yard or garden where ants are more prevalent.
Borax & Peanut Butter
The third and final method of getting rid of ants using borax is to make a peanut butter and borax paste for the ants. The difference between this paste and the others above is that this paste will be very effective for those ants that specifically search for protein rich foods. This means that although this mixture may not work for all types of ants, specific types such as fire ants will be drawn to this mixture.
To make this home remedy, you need:
- 1 part peanut butter
- 1 part Borax
- ½ part water
Simply mix these ingredients together to form a paste that will become an ant bait. The side benefit of this bait is that it does not need to be re-baited daily as the other two above, which makes it even more convenient and easy to work with.
Preventing an Ant Infestation
While using borax to get rid of ants is a very effective home remedy, an easier way would be to prevent the ant infestation from happening. This can be easily done by making sure to follow the preventative measures listed below:
- Wash all dirty dishes after use
- Clean sink and cupboards, making sure to remove all crumbs and leftover food particles
- Store food in locked/airtight containers, (especially foods like sugar and flour)
- Sweep & mop floors regularly, removing all crumbs and leftover food
- Dispose of the garbage regularly
- Add Bay Leaves or Mint sprigs in cupboards
- Use Apple Cider Vinegar as a cleaning agent
Next time you wake up to a trail of ants on your kitchen counter, whip up one of these simple and easy to make ant solutions, and they’ll be gone in no time!
Best Homemade Roach Killer [Updated in 2020]
A homemade roach killer is the cheapest way to get rid of your problems.
We all know how difficult it is to deal with cockroaches and our first instinct is to call an exterminator. I would advise you not to waste your time calling a roach exterminator. Exterminators are expensive and it will take repeat treatments to get the job done. In the long run, it will cost you more to pay someone else than to do it yourself.
I believe there are two good approaches you can take to get rid of roaches. You can prepare the homemade roach killer yourself, using a recipe of a few simple ingredients. Or you can buy a premade killer solution.
If you are up to the task of killing the bugs yourself here are three options to choose from. The options are listed most effective to least effective for getting rid of cockroaches.
Homemade Roach Killer Recipes
Boric Acid Paste
Boric Acid paste is the number one solution I recommend for killing roaches. Any creepy crawler that eats this paste will become dehydrated and die. Roaches love to eat this stuff so much that they get the paste all over their legs and bodies. Once the insect returns to the nest residue from the paste is eaten by other roaches in the nest and they die too.
Here’s how I make a boric acid paste to kill cockroaches. Just mix equal parts of boric acid powder, sugar, and water to make the simplest roach killing treatment at home. I like to prepare the paste just before dark so that the paste is as fresh as possible. Most bugs and insects love the freshness of the paste.
You should apply the paste everywhere you have spotted roaches before. If you’re unsure where to place the paste, you can’t go wrong by applying the paste in your bathroom, under the refrigerator and stove, and in your kitchen cabinets. Continue to make fresh batches of the paste and continue to apply this solution until you no longer have an insect problem.
Baking Soda Paste
This is a recipe you can easily prepare because most people already have baking soda in the home. Baking soda can be used for baking and to keep things fresh, but who would have thought it could be used to kill filthy cockroaches? Well, let me tell you baking soda can be very efficient.
To prepare the baking soda paste you will need a few simple ingredients. Baking soda, sugar, and water are all you need for this recipe. Just mix equal parts of each ingredient to prepare the paste. This homemade paste for killing roaches should be applied under the stove & refrigerator, inside cabinets & pantries, under the sink, and anywhere else you have seen creepy crawling insects or bugs.
Although this is an effective roach killer, you won’t see results right away. Roaches will eat the paste and carry it back to their nest. Other roaches in the nest will be affected and die too. Reapply the paste as often as needed until your problem is handled.
Dish Soap and Water
When it comes to effectiveness dish soap and water is the least preferred option of the three mentioned here. The reason being, you can spray the soap and water solution on cockroaches and have good results. However, this method will not eliminate your problems entirely because you are not able to take out the nesting colony like you can with the other methods.
To prepare this roach killing solution just pour a cup of water into a spray bottle and add one teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Any brand will do, although I have had great success in getting rid of bugs using Dawn. With the solution in hand just spray every crawling insect or bug you see that you want to get rid of. Don’t go get to excite, go overboard, and spray too much. Just one trigger squeeze will do.
The soap and water solution will clog the roach’s pores so they can not breathe. Much like us humans, without oxygen, these pesky little critters will die in no time. Now, this is the best option when you see an occasional cockroach that comes inside that needs to be taken care of right away. However, if you are seeing roaches more often it means you probably have a nest in the house and this option will not work for nesting colonies.
Premade Roach Killer
Okay if you have made it this far you are skeptical and do not believe the homemade roach killer will work. I know they sound too simple to be effective. You are probably thinking “these treatment solutions won’t work”. Or maybe you have tried all three options and you still have insects crawling around. This could likely be the case for some homeowners and renters.
The three homemade options may not work the insects in your home have been over treated with professional pesticides and insecticides. When this happens they develop an immunity. In this case, you will need a different solution to get rid of roaches. Here are three other options I recommend that are already premade and are effective at killing roaches.
Advion Cockroach Gel
For the most common household pest the German cockroach, Advion cockroach gel works really well. This gel bait is easy to apply and you should see results quickly. You should apply this gel bait in areas you have spotted crawling insects. The next morning after treatment you will start to see dead roaches everywhere.
Watch and monitor the bait placement so that you can reapply the gel so that the cockroaches can continue to eat. When placing the bait I have found one technique that works really well at killing roaches and getting them to carry gel back to the nest where other pests are killed too. Here’s what you should do.
Palace the gel bait on wax paper and fold the paper like a taco. Place these taco traps throughout the house where you have seen roaches hiding away and hanging out. The cockroaches will take the bait and you will be more successful at getting rid of your roaches. Continue to set out these gel bait traps until the roaches are no longer eating the bait and you are not seeing them anymore.
Rockwell Labs Invict Gold Cockroach Gel
Rockwell Labs makes another powerful and effective cockroach gel named Invict Gold. The Rockwell Labs Invict Gold Cockroach Gel is fast-acting so you can expect to see some almost immediate results. Apply the bait gel according to the package instructions for the best results. You can expect to see cockroaches dying within 20 minutes of eating the bait. Like I said this stuff works fast. The feedback I have received says the product works equally well for German cockroaches and American cockroaches too.
Syngenta Cockroach Bait
The Syngenta cockroach bait is another Advion product that is as effective as the gel I discussed earlier. The major difference being the bait is designed to eradicate those stubborn cockroaches and nests that are so hard to kill. The Syngenta cockroach bait is slow-acting, so roaches feed on the bait, head back to the nesting colony where they die. Other cockroaches in the colony will die if they come into contact with a dead or infected roach.
For pest control, homemade options are the safest for you, your family and your pests. The premade options are more toxic, so use extreme caution when working with these products. It is best to follow the label instructions and not try to do things on your own that can be harmful. Be careful and use caution anytime you are work with poisonous materials.
Stay tuned for more natural home remedies for all your bug, insect and rodent needs.
How to Use Boric Acid to Kill Wasps
Things You’ll Need
1/8-inch drill bit
Empty liquid dishwashing detergent bottle with tube tip
If you notice wasps flying around your home and escaping through holes in your wall, you may have a wasps’ nest in your home. Indoor wasp infestations can be hard to control, but according to the University of Minnesota Extension, boric acid, though slow acting, is an effective wasp killer that you can apply to wasps’ nests in your home or attic.
Wear heavy clothes – shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and long jeans – to protect yourself from wasp stings. Wear protective goggles and work gloves to avoid contact with boric acid.
Drill a few holes in your wall around the holes where you’ve noticed wasp traffic.
Fill an empty detergent bottle with boric acid. Place the lid on the bottle and lift the tube tip to the «open» position.
Turn the bottle so that the tip faces the holes you drilled.
Squeeze the bottle to «puff» boric acid into the holes.
Seal your holes with caulk when you are sure all the wasps are dead. This will prevent future wasp infestations.
Bee Pests & Diseases
Small Hive Beetle Bait Recipes — CD Case style traps
You can use actual roach bait for small hive beetles and it will work so long as it contains «Fipronil». We recommend trying these greener versions though, and they cost pennies to make. All of them are great small hive beetle bait recipes.
Since Fipronil is toxic to bees and is also water soluble, it is not advised to use it inside a trap on a bottom board unless the bottom board is screened. This way if water infiltrates the hive, and dissolves the Fipronil won’t end up with poison all over your hive bottom.
A better solution is to use a more green approach. One which you can make yourself and is cheap, easy to use, and works great. There are three recipes for small hive beetle bait I’ve found on the internet and ill share them here.
Mix pollen and honey into pie dough consistencies and put it into the trap. (completely green recipe / will not kill beetles. It will simply lure them into traps and allow bees to keep them there until you remove the trap)
Mix 1/4 cup soy flour, 2 tablespoons of boric acid, and 3 tablespoons of peanut oil and 1/8 of a cup of water. mix into pie dough consistences and put just a little of this bait inside the trap.
Mix 6 tablespoons honey, 3/4 teaspoon of boric acid, and 4 tablespoons of Crisco and only enough soy flour to mix into pie dough consistences, put inside the CD/DVD trap.
Like the traps shown above? They are inexpensive and available for purchase from us, just follow this link. Once you have the traps from us you can use the small hive beetle bait recipes to make your own bait.
How to Use Boric Acid to Kill Ants
Anyone who has ever owned an ant farm, stumbled upon an ant colony in his or her yard, or even just heard a few facts about ants will know that they are among the most fascinating creatures in all of nature. They are incredibly intelligent and social beings who create sophisticated colonies with an efficient division of labor. They communicate in a variety of ways. They are capable of lifting 10-100 times their body weight. The list could go on for many pages, but the bottom line is that ants are pretty amazing insects.
Of course, ants are not quite as awesome when you discover that they have infiltrated your home or business. Besides being unsightly, unsanitary, and admittedly creepy to some, ants can cause damage to your home. Depending on the species, they can burrow into wood structures, which leads to costly repairs. Also, some species will bite. If you discovered ants have entered your home, what can you do? One cost-effective solution to try as your first line of defense would be to use boric acid.
Why (and How) to Use Boric Acid
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Boric acid is, in essence, a poison to ants. It impacts their stomachs, their nervous systems, and their exoskeletons. To be fair, boric acid is a poison to other living creatures, too. However, the amount of boric acid that is ideal to use as ant killer is such a trace amount that using it in your home does not pose a large threat to pets or humans. Indeed, in contrast to other products — which usually contain larger amounts of harsh chemicals — boric acid is considered to be a much less toxic insecticide.
There are good reasons why you only need to use very small amounts of boric acid. (If done right, the insecticide will only be 1-2% boric acid.) First, you will mix the poisonous substance with food that ants enjoy. If you use too much acid, it could overpower the aroma/taste of the bait, which means the ants will not eat it.
Second, you want the ants to bring the poisoned food back to the rest of the colony. In an ideal scenario, the ants will share the food with the queen (or queens, in some colonies). If she dies, the colony quickly disappears, as she is the only one that can lay eggs. However, if your boric acid ant killer is too strong, you will kill the worker ants before they have a chance to share your deadly ant treat with all of their friends.
How to Make Homemade Ant Killer With Boric Acid
Another reason that boric acid is a great choice to use to eradicate ants in your home/business is that you can make it relatively inexpensively. Although you can certainly buy ant killers that feature boric acid, a homemade version is usually cheaper and often more effective because you can tailor it to the tastes of the ants in your own home/business. Plus, homemade ant killer is very easy to make.
Just follow these simple steps:
- Buy boric acid. It can be found at most pharmacies, or you can buy it online.
- Decide what kind of food to use as bait The most common choices are sugar water, honey, jelly, peanut butter, regular butter, or bacon grease. Mix one cup of food with 3/4 tsp. boric acid. Do this with several different foods and leave them out for a few days to discover which draws the most ants. After that, use whichever food(s) attracted the most ants to create a bigger batch of ant killer.
- Find a container for your ant bait. You can choose from a variety of options. Ants are capable of entering into almost any container as long as it is not airtight. Small jars with holes punched in the lids or without lids altogether work well, as do bottle caps, tin foil, wax paper, drinking straws, and more.
- Place your bait in places where you have seen ants, especially if you have seen a line of ants. If you are unsure, countertop counters, windowsills, and near door frames are often the best locations. Realize that you often will need 15-30 bait stations, and if you put enough, the ants will find the bait.
Two Important Caveats
Remember that this method for killing ants is, by definition, a slow process. You should see a reduction in ants within a few days, but it can take weeks or even months before the colony is completely eradicated. If you need a more immediate solution for whatever reason, it would be wise to contact a pest control specialist.
Also, please note that boric acid ant killers do not work against all species of ants. Boric acid works well against the vast majority of ants that might enter a home, including ones that are smaller and black or reddish-black, such as the Argentine ant or the Pharaoh ant. These types of ants are collectively sometimes referred to as sugar ants.
Boric acid usually does not work on ants that generally stay outdoors, like harvester ants or fire ants. If you are experiencing troubles with these kinds of ants, you should contact a pest control specialist.
Overall, boric acid is an excellent way to get rid of common house ants. It is relatively inexpensive, it is easy to make, and it doesn’t contain the kinds — or, more accurately, the concentrations — of substances that will hurt humans or pets. If you are seeing ants in your home or you have suspicions of an infestation, following these tips would be a great place to start. After all, as neat as ants are, the last thing you need is to discover that the ant farm you remember so fondly as a child is now being built within your walls.
Borax Ant Killer: How to Kill Ants (Fast) Using Borax?
When you’ve got ants in your home, it can feel like they’re practically impossible to get rid of. Nothing seems to work, but you may not have tried everything yet. There are tons of products out there on the market, with so many to choose from that you may feel overwhelmed.
Instead of trying all of those, you may be wondering if you are able to use borax as an ant killer. Before you try though, it’s important to learn more about borax and the nature of these pesky ants first.
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How Does Borax Kill Ants?
Borax kills ants by interfering with their digestive system. It won’t kill them immediately, but it works gradually to work overtime.
The speed at which the borax works is long enough for the ant to get back to its colony and share the poisoned bait with its fellow ants, effectively killing most, if not all, of them.
You may be doubtful about how toxic borax can be to ants because it’s a pretty common ingredient in household items like soap or toothpaste. However, while it has low toxicity for humans and larger animals, it has largely disruptive effects on ants.
Plus, it’s still toxic for humans or small animals, but only if critical amounts are ingested. It’s still pretty irritating when it gets in contact with your eyes, so it’s not totally harmless to humans or pets. As a matter of fact, some ant baits use borax as their active ingredient.
Step by Step Instruction: How to Use Borax Powder to Get Rid of Ants:
Borax alone will not be enough to entice an ant to consume it, much less think of it as food. In other words, you’ll need to mix it in with something more enticing. For this reason, use other foodstuff like powdered sugar or sweet syrup to bait the ants with.
Borax Ant Killer Recipe: Borax (and Sugar) for Ants Inside the House
We tested a couple of different recipes. It turned out that this homemade ant borax proves to be the most effective one-
- Gather borax, white sugar, any kind of syrup and water.
- The recipe will need a 1:3 ratio of borax and sugar – mix these two ingredients first.
- Mix water in roughly the same amount as the borax. Mix just enough to your borax-sugar mixture to make it thick. You’ll need a pasty consistency, not runny.
- You’ll need to get the borax powder to dissolve in the water, so stir it in slowly to your borax-sugar mixture. It can help to use warm water for better dissolution.
- Then, add syrup into your mixture. It can be any measurement, depending on what you want.
- Mix until the entire thing is of one color.
- Put the mixture into small containers that you are able to cover. You are able to reuse old plastic containers for homemade house traps.
- Drill small holes into these containers just enough to act as both an entrance and exit for your ants.
- Afterwards, put the mixture in the containers.
- Cover the traps then set them up somewhere you know ants already are in your home.
Borax Ant Trap: Borax For Ants Outside the House
- Put a roofing nail through the center of a bottle cap; this will act as the ground anchor of your outdoor ant bait.
- Cut the bottom portion of a used plastic water bottle and use it as a bowl for your mixture.
- Add a 5% jelly solution to your powdered borax and stir together well.
- Spoon the borax-jelly mixture into the bottle caps that you made or you are also able to mount them on the ground outside first before putting the mixture in them.
6 Tips for Homemade Borax Ant Solution
- The indoor solution can also work for outdoor ants as long as you put the traps where the elements can’t get to them. For instance, don’t drill holes on the cover, as rainwater can mess with your mixture.
- You need to make use of heavier traps so that they don’t get blown away by the wind.
- Likewise, the jelly-borax powder mixture can also work for indoor ants. Just use the indoor traps to secure them.
- Adjust your borax in the outdoor formulation accordingly. There’s too much if most of the dead ants are around the trap. That means they didn’t get to bring the spoils back to the colony, so try a mixture with less borax next time.
- Similarly, there might be too little borax in your mixture if it’s been a while and the traps don’t seem to have worked.
- Place the traps away from the access of humans (especially children) and pets. This is because your child might accidentally rub it in their eyes, which children are prone to do.
What is Borax and What Is It Usually Used For?
If you’ve taken a couple chemistry classes, you may know what borax is already. Known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, borax is a boron compound.
To put it simply, borax is a natural mineral and can refer to a group of related compounds, depending on the water content. Usually, powdered borax will be white and will look like soft colorless crystals that will dissolve in water.
When you buy it commercially, it will be partially dehydrated.
If you read the ingredients in many of your cleaning products, like detergents, you’ll see borax listed there. You might also find borax in cosmetics and enamel glazes, in buffer solutions in biochemistry as a fire retardant as well as an antifungal compound.
Many people have begun using borax to keep ants, water bugs and cockroaches away. Spraying borax and sugar (for ants) in equal parts can deter bugs, while sprinkling sodium borate on floors can get rid of rats.
You are also able to apply it to the carpet to get rid of fleas and leave it there for an hour before vacuuming to keep it away.
Borax can be used as a dishwasher detergent if you mix one tablespoon of it with equal parts baking soda. People have also used it to clean outdoor furniture, toilets, porcelain and stains from stainless steel.
It works great as an all-purpose cleaner in laundry and on the walls and floors too.
For Pets and Trash
If you’re seeking to get rid of the smell of kitty litter, you are able to add a few tablespoons of borax to the litter box. The same can be done for your trash, fridge, or to remove urine stains and smells on mattresses or carpets.
5 Common Types of Harmful Ants in Your House
Ants can be annoying, but there are more reasons than that to get them out of your home. If you don’t clean them out, you can be in for even more serious problems in the future, depending on the type of ant.
If you have carpenter ants in your home, these can be very destructive. They love damp and dark places and will begin chewing drywall and wood. Since you don’t see these ants for a while after they invade, they can cause significant damage before you even know they exist.
Carpenter ants invade your home, so this is one species that you’ll want to get rid of as quickly as possible. If you do successfully kill off your infestation using bait or a natural method, you’ll want to have someone inspect your home.
An inspection is required to ensure that the home’s structure is safe. When carpenter ants are allowed to roam in the home for too long, they can cause significant structural damage. Repairs may need to be made as in the most severe cases, it can be dangerous to remain in the home.
Crazy ants are very adaptable, and this is a species that spans just 2.2 mm to 3 mm in length. Long legs and antennae, along with a black-brown body, is the general appearance of these ants.
You may find these ants outside, but crazy ants will also nest under carpets, in walls and even in house plants.
These ants do not pose a danger to you, but when interrupted, they will go into a “craze.” The ants will move around crazily, and this is why these ants have their “crazy ant” name.
Considered a home invader, they will overtake your home unless you choose to use a natural ant killer or some form of an insecticide to kill them off.
Fire ants can do the same to you and your pets. These ants are very aggressive and will attack both you and your pets. Their bites are painful and can even be so serious that you may need to be hospitalized.
Fire ants live in very large colonies, so this is a species that can bite and be very difficult to kill. If you’re dealing with fire ants, it may be better to deal with them using a professional form of ant control rather than an all-natural method.
Ghost ants are clear in color on their abdomen and legs, but they do have darker areas on their body. Florida is where most ghost ants can be found, but they have migrated all over the country.
Ghost ants prefer heated spaces, and they engage in budding quite often.
These ants are very smart, and colonies may have multiple queens. The queen may choose to leave at any time and start her own colony. When threatened, it’s not uncommon for the budding process to occur making one colony turn into multiple sub colonies.
If you have ghost ants, they can be difficult to get rid of simply because they have so many colonies.
There is luckily no version of the super ant, but ants can definitely be a super big problem. They work together to achieve the same goal, but they are not homogenous insects.
Some of them have wings, some bite and sting, some have strong jaws and others will even chew up larger objects. Over time, these many types of ants can cause serious damage.
6 Other Natural Ant Solutions
If you try other ways together to get rid of ants naturally, here are five more natural ant killers that are relatively easy to find.
Ants function as a highly-trained army. Foragers go out of the nests to discover food and mark their route using pheromones. Other ants use their antennae to smell the path and follow them to the source of food.
Essential oils tend to interfere with this type of communication, as they mask scent trails and make it impossible for ants to find their way around. Some of the most effective ones are peppermint, tea tree and clove essential oil.
To get the ants out of your house and yard, place a few drops of oil on cotton balls and wipe down the entry points.
Then, leave some of the cotton balls in pantries, cabinets and other places you have seen ants or think they might show up. Repeat this process every few days, until they are completely gone.
Clove essential oil is particularly strong and it should always be used in small amounts, mixed with some other carrier oil. In addition to disrupting the communication, it is also a fast-acting contact insecticide, thanks to its main component, Eugenol.
Have no concerns, as it acts quickly and leaves no harmful residues, although its scent will linger for hours in the room.
Another substance that is toxic for ants but not harmful for the environment – pets and humans alike – is d-limonene, which can be found in citrus essential oils. Like any other essential oil, this one masks their scent trails as well.
You are able to use these oils on cotton balls to wipe around the places you see them appear and spread them across the surfaces with food and possible entry points.
In addition to that, you are also able to mix them with water, alcohol and other essential oils to make an effective ant away spray.
If you don’t have citrus essential oils around your home, you are able to use your lemon, orange and grapefruit peels to make a natural ant repellent. Simply add peels to a pot, pour ½ water and ½ vinegar.
Heat the pot until steaming and allow it to cool down overnight. Then, drain and pour the liquid in a spray bottle.
Powdered substances will both attack their exoskeleton and dry them out, or they will act from the inside, inflating their bodies until they die. It sounds cruel, but it does exactly what other insecticides do, but with no harmful side effects on you and your family.
One of these substances is Diatomaceous Earth (DE), a powder made out of fossilized planktons. It binds to the waxy coating of the ant’s exoskeleton, dehydrates it and kills them within a few days. On the other hand, this substance is completely safe for humans.
You should use it around possible entry points – such as doorways and window sills – and on your rugs, carpets and any other places you have seen them appear.
Going to the garden and putting down a ring of DE around anthills will ensure that most of the colony will soon be affected as well. Uncooked farina is another substance deadly for ants, but safe to consume by humans.
When ants eat it, it will expand inside of them and cause their death soon after. Put about a tablespoon of uncooked cream of wheat, mixed with a little bit of powdered sugar wherever you have seen ants appear.
You are also able to use it around the ant hills in your garden. However, make sure the ground is dry first. Another commonly used substance is baking soda.
As it is not very attractive to the ants on its own, it is usually mixed with powdered sugar or another sweetener to attract the ants and make them eat it. After consumption, it causes a reaction to their bodies and they quickly die.
Last but not the least, black pepper is an efficient natural repellent as well. Just sprinkle it wherever you have seen ants and around possible entry points to your home too.
Vinegar may be used on its own, as its properties will prevent ants when sprayed around the areas they appear. The smell of vinegar interferes with their communication. The best results are achieved by mixing it with some other substances, such as essential oils or citrus peels.
Fill a spray bottle with a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar.
Spray the substance on ants or their trails as a means of disrupting them and keeping ants away. You can spray it on the ants themselves, too.
Vinegar should be used alongside some of the other recommendations we make in this section. DE is a great substance that can be used with vinegar to not only deter ants but also kill them with the DE.
If you wish to be effective and go for the source, you are able to pour water directly to the anthill in your garden. A lot of people recommend boiling water, and while it may be effective, you also pose a major risk of burning yourself in the process.
Boiling water will kill the ants that it’s able to reach, but ant colonies can form several tunnels underground spreading from the colony. You’ll need to pour enough boiling water to fill these chambers and to reach the queen.
I don’t recommend using a pot of boiling water. Instead, it’s better to use a tea kettle or some other safe way to pour the boiling water on the mound.
If you don’t want to use boiling water, you do have another option.
One trick that seems to work for a lot of people is to put their hose on the ant’s mound and leave the hose running for 5 to 10 minutes.
But there’s another issue: ants can float.
Ants (most species) may not be able to swim, but water cannot penetrate their body, so they’ll float naturally. When the ants are washed away, some may die but most of them won’t.
You’ll remove the colony, but the ants may choose to rebuild in the area.
Water is just a temporary solution and should be used alongside other methods listed above for the best result.
Cinnamon smells great, so why not spread it around the entrances of your home along with some cloves? You see, cinnamon and cloves should be placed in areas that you know ants are entering the home.
This DIY method of ant control makes the home smell good and is also effective at keeping ants away.
Ants do not like the scent of cinnamon, and you can use cinnamon powder and essential oil for this trick.
Sprays will also work well.
You want the spray to have an abundance of cinnamon, so this means that you’ll need a high concentration of cinnamon for it to be effective. Add water into a spray bottle with either a lot of cinnamon (shake it up well), or you can choose to use cinnamon essential oil (10 drops or more).
Spray the perimeter of the home and even the ant mound.
If you see ant trails, where the ants seem to traverse, you should spray the mixture on the trails, too. The scent will interrupt the scent that ants use to follow their own trails to food .
Peppermint can also replace the cinnamon oil in this mixture and will work as well.
Why Are Ants So Hard to Kill?
When the warm weather hits, you might suddenly notice ants everywhere. You might see them outdoors near your home, or even within your home itself. So why are ants so notoriously hard to kill?
1. Strength in Numbers
To put it simply, one of the biggest difficulties with ants has to do with the fact that they live in colonies of hundreds of thousands. There are so many that it’s tough to actually kill them all.
Even if you locate the nest and destroy it, all the ants that were out foraging will survive and live to plague you another day.
2. Difficult to Find
Ants usually build their colonies in places where you can’t easily access, like underground, behind cabinets, inside walls and under pavements. If you can’t find them, your task of killing them will obviously be a lot harder.
Ants are smart enough to move when they’ve been disturbed. They will quickly relocate to a safer place when you do find them, making it even more difficult to figure out where they’ve moved to and eliminate them.
Trying to eradicate some species of ants will actually lead to “budding.” Budding is the process of ants trying to find another place to form a colony. These ants may grow wings to be able to fly to the new colony, too.
Budding can happen on its own naturally, but a lot of species have evolved to go into the budding cycle when threatened. Insecticides can cause some of these smart ants to relocate.
4. Less Potency
The problem with commercial pesticides is that they are often not strong enough. They don’t have the same potency as professional products to, so they might kill a few dozen ants. However, they won’t have any effect on the thousands of other ants you need to get rid of.
If you use these types of products repeatedly, ants can even begin developing immunity.
Immunity will make it very difficult to get rid of ants. Exterminators often rotate their pesticides or will choose to use stronger concentrations of pesticides or insecticides to control ant populations.
If you’re having no luck trying to kill the ants that are in your home or yard, it may be because the ant has immunity to your control methods. Try changing the type of bait, paying close attention to the active ingredient, so that you have a better chance of killing off the ants.
How long does it take for ants to die from borax?
Usually, it takes 12-48 hours to be effective. However, it takes up to 24-48 hours if you use products like Terro.
Where can I buy borax for ants?
Most big online stores have what you are looking for.
If you are facing a serious ant problem, we recommend you to check out the best ant killers for your home.
Is Borax Ant Bait Safe for Pets?
Thankfully, a borax mixture is much safer compared to commercial insecticides with harmful ingredients that are unsafe for your family and pets. It’s a natural mineral that won’t harm your pets, even if they do ingest a little.
Borax can be metabolized by your pets’ bodies, so if they end up ingesting some of it, they’ll be safe. However, make sure that your dog or cat isn’t getting everything in the traps, as too much borax in your pet’s system might still cause some problems over time.
This is where the traps come in handy, particularly the covered ones. The drilled holes will ensure that the ants can get in and out of them with the sugary sweet borax, but your child or pet won’t be able to have similarly easy access.
Nonetheless, if your pet has a habit of getting into places where it shouldn’t, it would be good to take measures to keep it away from your traps altogether.
Ants are very persistent pests, as they multiply fast and are as efficient and organized as a real army. If you don’t treat the problem right away, soon it may become very serious and out of your hands. Try using borax to resolve your ant problem and avoid the need for professional help.