Ants Be Gone!
- Natural Recipe for Getting Rid of Ants
following information was forwarded to me from a friend of a friend
with an ant problem. I thought I would share it with you as a natural
way to rid your house of ants.
“Since my neighbors nearly killed my dog last
night by spraying for ants at their house (the fumes drifted over and
Foley was/is hives from nose to tail and on Benadryl now), I thought
I'd share the recipe I use to get rid of the lil' buggers. It will
only kill the ANTS...not everything or everyone else in the doggoned
house! Found this on one of my bird websites, as I need to be
extremely careful what products I use around my Macaw, Ripley. Works
GREAT!!! Feel free to pass it on.” Andrea
Ants Be Gone!
1 teaspoon of boric acid powder
6 tablespoons of sugar
2 cups of water (We found that using hot water improved the dissolving
time and effectiveness.)
Small plastic tubs that take-out food restaurants
use to hold salad dressings. They are about 2 1/2 inches in diameter
at the top and approximately 1 1/2 inches at the bottom. Cut four (4)
openings at the major compass points on the bottom of the tubs. Each
opening should be a little smaller than a garden pea at the widest
point, big enough for the ants to enter. The lids should be retained
and used to retard evaporation.
The original method used cotton balls to soak up the
potent potion. However we liked using rolled absorbent cotton better.
One can cut the width of the cotton to be approximately the height of
the container. When this width is rolled, it produces a package that
almost fills the container. And, as it starts to dry out, one can
remove the lid and pour some more of the potion onto the rolled
cotton. In this configuration, the cotton will absorb the fluid.
Replacing the lid retards the evaporation rate.
In just an hour or two we began to see two streams
of ants, one entering and one leaving, the tubs. When used with the
small ants, these two lines of ants lasted almost three days and then
disappeared. There must have been over a hundred ants at a time in
Works like a dream. It's safe, kills the ants and
the nest, is easy and inexpensive, and doesn't make a mess. The ants
were completely gone in three days, never to be seen again. We had
success with both carpenter and tiny ants.