If you’ve ever shopped for ant sprays, you’ve seen all of the scary warning labels. They’re enough to make you consider just putting up with pesky ants all summer. But fortunately, there’s an effective way to get rid of ants that doesn’t require you to choose between your health and your sanity. Borax! According to Livestrong.com, “The Safety Source for Pest Management gives [Borox] a ‘least toxic’ rating, stating that the key element, boron, occurs naturally in the earth’s crust and can often be found in the human bloodstream.” That’s good news when you want to get rid of ants but not put your family at risk. Check out our recipe and Greg the Gardener’s directions below for the scoop on how to make a Borax spray that will get rid of your ants overnight. One caveat, though. Avoid direct contact with Borax. Livestrong.com also writes on its website, “Borax is immediately irritant. Long-term contact can result in toxicity. Keep it out of reach of children and use it only where it won’t come into contact with people or animals.”
All you need to make your own all-natural ant killer are a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboards.
6 tsp sugar
6-8 tsp Borax
First, set some water to boil in a kettle. In the meantime, mix sugar and Borax in a mug. When the water comes to a boil, fill the mug and stir. For some extra power, consider adding a bit of honey. Finally, let the mixture cool and then pour it into the spray bottle.
Now you’re ready to get rid of your problematic ants. Just spray the infected areas and wait. The sugar and honey will attract the ants and the borax will kill them.
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