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Homemade Ant Bait

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Ants are especially bad this year in our region (Delaware) but I have been able to keep them at bay using this homemade bait for any of the little fellows who try to set up shop in my home.
ANT BAIT: 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup very warm water, 2 TBS Borax
I have had fantastic results with this mixture, in these proportions, on a variety of ants. **Make sure to keep these baits far away from pets and curious toddlers as it can be harmful and toxic to both.** When not in use, I keep the bait mixture in my fridge in a glass container on the bottom shelf, marked “ANT BAIT” in bold letters. If you have trouble getting rid of the ants, you can try adding a bit more borax, but if you add too much the ants grow wise to your scheme and reject the bait. See photos below and my blog for more information!

To see more: http://cloverandthyme.com/2013/04/09/never-failed-me-yet-ant-bait/

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  • Ausetkmt
    Ausetkmt Tampa, FL

    have you tried grits or corn meal ? they can't digest it and take it back. it swells inside their bodies and then welll..... I also am a big fan of the borax, sugar water mix. always spray the counter or area where they travel with White Vinegar to

  • Susan
    Susan Canada

    Does anybody know what to do when slugs are in your flower garden besides the beer remedy

    • Shelly-Anne
      Shelly-Anne Canada

      From generations of gardeners - Mix uncooked Dried hand crushed eggshells in any garden soil. In a step process 1) don't throw away your raw eggshells, let them dry naturally on a paper towel or vented bowl. 2) Once dried -( usually by next day

  • SuellenMcCranie
    SuellenMcCranie Rhine, GA

    When I lived in town, I had slugs in my flower garden. I purchased some "Slug Getta" by Ortho and sprinkled it in my garden. I had small dogs and they were drawn to the scent and also ate some. Cost me more in Vet bills to save my dogs, because it

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly Pasadena, TX

    SALT PELLETS OR ANY SORT OF SALT ALL ALONG THE PERIMETER OF THE GARDEN. KEEP IN MID ONCE THE SLUGS HIT THE SALT THEY BEGIN TO TURN TO MUSH. IF THAT DOESNT BOTHER YOU THEN SALT AWAY!

  • Michelle Grover
    Michelle Grover Omaha, NE

    I use a spray bottle of water that I have added Lavender Oil to. Ants hate the smell, but I like it. As for slugs, beer in a saucer or water softener pellets work.

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