DIY Ant Trap and Pesticide Powder

Now that I understand the potential for harsh chemicals to do harm to myself and my family, I continue to seek out natural alternatives when it comes to pest control.This DIY ant trap works every time!
Mix 1 Tlbs. sugar with 1 Tbls hot water and add 1/2 tsp of borax. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture and place in ant infested area. I use a mason jar lid.
At first the ants gravitate to the cotton, making the situation appear worse than it really is. They eat the poisonous borax and before you know it, your foe has been vanquished.
Looking for more natural pest control solutions? Check out the pesticide powder recipe using bay leaves, peppermint leaves, and diatomaceous earth!

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3 questions
  • Judy
    on May 18, 2017

    Will this hurt my 2 year dog, chihowa!?
  • Susan Armstrong
    on Aug 30, 2017

    What's good to use for roaches
    • Neloh
      on Nov 10, 2018

      Borax is also good for roaches. They eat the borax, go back to the nest. Borax expands and breaks the exoskeleton which kills the roach and the next feeds on the borax and repeats the cycle.

  • Hon43110413
    on Jun 16, 2019

    how to get rid of bed bugs

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  • KW
    on Aug 13, 2017

    You can use grits on ant beds and it will kill the ants.
  • Linda Bass
    on Oct 22, 2017

    how about mice?
    • Neloh
      on Nov 10, 2018

      Peppermint spray...essential oil in some water. Mice and snakes, alike, hate peppermint!

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