DIY: Old Fashioned Terro Style Borax-Based Ant Killer

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antSweet-Ant Killer That Works! 

While not dangerous, sugar ants/sweet ants can be highly annoying! 

Odds are, if you are reading this, you’re old enough to remember when you could get a little glass bottle of Terro ant killer…. back when it actually worked. 

I don’t know what they’ve done to it, but it’s no longer as good… so we’re going to make our own! 

I found this recipe over on Stacey’s blog for “Best homemade natural ant killer“… and put it to work. 

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“Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of  [20 Mule Team] Borax, and ½ cup of water in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil and boil for three minutes.

Let it cool completely. It will thicken as it cools.”

 

 

 

I doubled the amount of Borax but I caution you from going much higher than that as there is a point at which the ants will not eat it. I also found that I needed a little more water so that it was not a thick mess once cooled. 

Once it cooled, and I added a touch more water to get it to the right thickness, I used a spare syringe from here on the farm, to put it into some old glass medicine bottles so I could share it with family. (I’m keeping the larger jar for me so no reason to re-bottle it, just use a spare canning jar.)

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It’s very important to label this stuff because Borax is not pet or kid safe and the sugar will make it highly tempting. 

From the original post, there was a great tip to use an old soda can, laid sideways, to put it into since ants can get in but pets/kids can not. 

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The ants didn’t seem to care that I had doubled the borax (unlike a prior version that I had used more and they had completely ignored). You can see them swarming to the stuff. 

The little tray I’m using here is left over from an ant bait that I purchased that didn’t actually kill ants! Fortunately though, the trays are mighty handy for this. You can however use a shallow-lipped lid such as comes on cottage cheese, sour cream, etc. 

This is not an instant kill… they must take it back to the nest.

But in 24-48 hours, your problem will be gone! 

(Ants pictured above were actually gone in 12 hrs but that is unusual.)

Try it out and let me know what you think!

~ Kim ~
Happy Home Magazine

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